The sports world lost some influential people during 2011, here are 10 of those individuals. See the full article here.
This April 12, 2010, file photo shows former Minnesota Twins baseball player and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew getting a hug from current Twins player Michael Cuddyer (5) in the dugout prior to the Twins' home opener baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at their new stadium, Target Field, in Minneapolis. Killebrew, the Twins slugger known for his tape-measure home runs, died Tuesday, May 16, 2011, at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 74.
The NFL running back and Olympic champion who was traded for nine players.
This July 21, 1964 file photo shows Ollie Matson, halfback for the Philadelphia Eagles, posing at the team's training camp in Hershey, Pa. NFL Hall of Famer Matson died of respiratory failure Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Los Angeles, his nephew Art Thompson III told The Associated Press. He was 80.
This March 9, 1976 file photo shows coaches for teams involved in the National Invitation Basketball Tournament at a luncheon in New York on Tuesday, March 9, 1976. Standing from left are Dave Gavitt of providence. Dick McDonald of St. Peters, Lee Rose of North Carolina- Charlotte and Frank Layden of Niagara, seated from left are Denny Crum of Louisville, Warren Reynolds of North Carolina A & T and George Blaney of Holy Cross. Gavitt, one of basketball's most influential leaders the last three decades, has died at 73. His death Friday night after a long illness was confirmed by his family Saturday Sept. 17, 2011.
This May 18, 2011 file photo shows former Brazil's soccer player Socrates posing for pictures in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Socrates, the clever playmaker who captained Brazil at the 1982 World Cup, died after suffering with an intestinal infection the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo confirmed Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. He was 57.
In a Nov. 3, 1994 file photo nine-time winner of the New York City Marathon Grete Waitz adjusts her wreath during a 25th anniversary reunion of past winners of the race in New York. Waitz died Tuesday April 19, 2011 after a six-year battle with cancer, Norway's athletics federation said. She was 57.
In this May 30, 2011, file photo, IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, of England, poses with the Borg-Warner Trophy during the traditional winners photo of the Indianapolis 500 auto race champion on the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Wheldon was killed Oct. 16 during IndyCar's season finale in Las Vegas in a fiery 15-car crash. The 33-year-old Brit won Indy this year in one of just three starts during the season as he searched for sponsorship. Wheldon was chasing a $5 million incentive in Las Vegas, and IndyCar is still answering questions about whether the race was excessively dangerous.
In this Aug. 1, 2006, file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis listens to questions during a news conference at an NFL football training camp in Napa, Calif. The longtime Raiders owner and Hall of Famer died Oct. 8, 2011, at the age of 82. Davis, one of the most important figures in NFL history, was best known as a rebel, a man who established a team whose silver-and-black colors and pirate logo symbolized his attitude toward authority, both on the field and off. Davis won three Super Bowl titles during his half-century in professional football. He was also revered as a litigious gadfly, which was most evident during the 1980s when he went to court - and won - for the right to move his team from Oakland to Los Angeles.
This undated file photo shows boxer Joe Frazier seated in the corner of the ring. Frazier died Nov. 7, 2011, after a brief battle with liver cancer at the age of 67. Frazier - quiet and workmanlike amid the din and commotion that was Muhammad Ali - in 1971 became the first to beat "The Greatest." In their third fight, the epic "Thrilla in Manila," Frazier's corner held him back for the last round.
In this Sept. 16, 1950, file photo, fans look on as Brooklyn Dodgers center fielder Duke Snider gets a kiss from Kathy Cariani at Ebbets Field in the Brooklyn borough of New York, as the Dodgers met the St. Louis Cardinals in a baseball game. Snider holds a cake foir his 24th birthday Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed "Boys of Summer" who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. He was 84.
In this Sept. 10, 2011, file photo, mourners attend a funeral service for the victims of a plane crash in the Arena Yaroslavl, 150 miles northeast of Moscow in Russia. The chartered Yak-42 jet crashed Wednesday, Sept. 7, into the banks of the Volga River moments after takeoff from an airport near Yaroslavl. The crash killed 43 people, including 36 players, coaches and staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team, many of whom were European national team and former NHL players.