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Dec. 29: College Football Hall of Famer LaVell Edwards coached the BYU Cougars for 29 seasons. He won the 1984 national championship during his tenure from 1972 to 2000. His 257 wins are second only to Joe Paterno among FBS coaches to spend their entire career at one school. His quarterbacks -- Ty Detmer, Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Robbie Bosco and Steve Sarkisian -- flourished on and off the field. His coaching tree includes Mike Holmgren, Andy Reid, Brian Billick, Kyle Whittingham, Mike Leach, Norm Chow, Ted Tollner and Tom Holmoe.
April 19: Milt Pappas, who pitched for the Braves' 1969 West Division champions, died at the age of 76. Pappas won 209 games in his 17-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Braves and Chicago Cubs, finishing with a career ERA of 3.40 to go along with 1,728 strikeouts and 43 shutouts. | More on Pappas
Feb. 18: Former major league baseball player Tony Phillips, once a multi-sport standout at Roswell High School, died at age 56. Phillips spent nine of his 18 major-league seasons with the Oakland A's, and he also logged five years with Detroit, two each with the Angels and White Sox, and one year for both the Mets and Toronto. He returned to Oakland for his final season in 1999. He won a World Series with the A's in 1989. | More on Phillips