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Gone But Not Forgotten
December 26, 2005
An array of influential figures from the sports world passed away in 2005, from subtle contributors to trailblazers to true giants in their fields
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December 26, 2005

Gone But Not Forgotten

An array of influential figures from the sports world passed away in 2005, from subtle contributors to trailblazers to true giants in their fields

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Known for his flamboyant catches and for taking throws on the run, the first baseman was one of the game's first Latino stars. His fielding earned Power, born Victor Pellot in Puerto Rico, a rep as a showboat; it also brought him seven Gold Gloves in 12 seasons with six teams.

DICK WEBER

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A charter member of the PBA tour and one of the pillars of bowling when the sport was at its peak in the 1960s, he won 10 of the PBA's first 23 tournaments. Weber was named bowler of the year three times from 1961 to '65, and in 1999 fans voted him bowler of the century.

CLARENCE (BIG HOUSE) GAINES

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His 828 wins at Winston-Salem State are fifth-most in NCAA history, but he is remembered as much for the fatherly role he played in his players' lives. In 1967 his Rams won the Division II title, and he was the first African-American to be named NCAA coach of the year.

GEORGE ARCHER

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Known for his superb putting stroke, the 6'6" Archer became the tallest Masters winner when he beat Billy Casper by three shots in 1969. In '83 he asked his daughter Elizabeth to carry his bag at the Masters, making her the event's first female caddie.

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