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Monday, December 29, 2003
William T. Cloney, 91 He oversaw the growth of the Boston Marathon into race drawing thousands. Jan. 16.
Mickey Naish, 75 Former Bishop Blanchet High School football coach who influenced thousands of lives and also won the 1974 state championship. Jan. 14.
Craig Kelly, 36 Kelly, of Mount Vernon, Wash, helped pioneer snowboard riding in the late 1980s and was a four-time world champ and three-time U.S. Open champion during his 15 years as a professional rider. Killed in an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies on Jan. 20.
Kid Gavilan, 77 Former welterweight champion. Feb. 13.
Johnny Longden, 96 Hall of Fame jockey and trainer; won Triple Crown in 1943. Feb. 14.
George Bayer, 77 A three-time winner on the PGA Tour and a former University of Washington lineman from Bremerton. March 16.
Jack Burrell, 80 A three-sport coach and administrator in Kent for 40 years. April 23.
Bernie Little, 77 The Lakeland, Fla., beer distributor made the Miss Budweiser the most famous hydroplane in boat-racing history. April 25.
Dave DeBusschere, 62 Basketball Hall of Famer; helped the New York Knicks win two championships in the 1970s. May 14. Heart attack.
Mark McCormack, 72 Sports agent; turned management of star athletes' careers into big business. May 16.
Larry Doby, about 79 Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame outfielder; first black player in the American League. June 18.
Fred Small, 39 Small played outside linebacker at the University of Washington from 1981-84 and earned All-Pacific-10 Conference honors in his senior season. Killed while on duty as an Inglewood, Calif., police officer when a car hit his motorcycle. June 24.
Jack Cleveland, 56 High school girls basketball coach led East Valley Yakima to Class 2A state titles in 2002 and 2003. Heart attack. June 26.
Tex Schramm, 83 He turned the Dallas Cowboys into "America's Team." July 15.
Bobby Bonds, 57 Baseball great who combined home-run power, base-stealing speed; father of slugger Barry Bonds. Aug. 23. Cancer.
Clive Davis, 51 Soccer coach who led the University of Portland women's soccer team to the 2002 national championship. Aug. 23. Cancer.
George Plimpton, 76 Editor, literary patron and "participatory journalist"; exploits included quarterbacking for the Detroit Lions. Sept. 25.
Althea Gibson, 76 First black champion at Wimbledon and the U.S. national tournament. Sept. 28.
Dan Snyder, 25 The forward for the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL died six days after he was involved in a car crash with All-Star teammate Dany Heatley. Oct. 5.
Bill (aka Willie) Shoemaker, 72 Hall of Fame jockey with 8,833 victories; one of the 20th century's greatest athletes. Oct. 12.
Warren Spahn, 82 Hall of Fame pitcher, won more games than any other left-hander in baseball history. Nov. 24.
Gertrude Ederle, 98 First woman to swim the English Channel; a national heroine in 1926. Nov. 30.
Otto Graham, 82 Hall of Fame quarterback; led Cleveland Browns to 10 championship games in 10 seasons. Dec. 17.
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