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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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The Negro leagues star earned his nickname by pitching the first game of a doubleheader and catching the next. As a catcher he wore a chest protector emblazoned with THOU SHALT NOT STEAL. He was believed to be the oldest former professional ballplayer when he died.

ANGELO ARGEA

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The former Las Vegas cabbie caddied for Jack Nicklaus from 1963 through '82, becoming the first renowned looper. Argea was on Nicklaus's bag for more than 40 Tour victories, but he never worked the Masters; until 1983, outside caddies weren't allowed at the event.

PRENTICE GAUTT

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With class and dignity, the running back broke the color barrier at Oklahoma in 1956, a decade before the big state schools in Arkansas and Texas integrated their teams. Gautt earned all-conference honors for the Sooners in '58 and '59, then played eight NFL seasons.

GEORGE BEST

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The Manchester United winger from Belfast had the talent of Pel� and the looks of a pop idol, which helped him evolve into soccer's first super celebrity. Best was known as much for his exploits off the field as on. He partied with beauty queens and abused alcohol, and the decades of hard living eventually led to multiple organ failure.

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