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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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ALEX SHIBICKY

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Believed to be the first player to use a slap shot in an NHL game, he was left wing on the so-called Bread Line, which led the Rangers to the '40 Stanley Cup. The gritty Shibicky, who had a 14-year career, played the last two games of the Cup finals on a broken right ankle.

STEVE COURSON

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A guard on the Steelers' 1978 and '79 Super Bowl championship teams, he admitted to using steroids shortly before he retired, in 1985, and blamed them for his heart condition. Courson died when a tree he was cutting down fell on him; he was trying to save his dog.

MAX SCHMELING

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In 1936 the former heavyweight champion from Germany dealt Joe Louis his first loss, by KO. Before their ballyhooed rematch two years later, Hitler cast Schmeling as a symbol of the Third Reich. Louis, then the reigning champ, dropped him in the first round.

AL LOPEZ

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