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Don Baylor

1949--2017

• An MLB pioneer who once volunteered to desegregate O. Henry Junior High in Austin as a seventh-grader, Baylor went on to have a 19-year playing career, during which he was named AL MVP in 1979, and he retired as the leader in home runs by a DH (215). In 1993, Baylor became the first manager of the Colorado Rockies, winning NL Manager of the Year in '95. He died on Monday at 68 of multiple myeloma.

—Ted Keith

Darren Daulton

1962--2017

• Daulton survived a serious car crash with teammate Lenny Dykstra in 1991, two years before helping Philadelphia reach the World Series. Beloved by his Phillies teammates, one of whom called him the Godfather, Daulton made three All-Star teams in Philadelphia and won a ring with the Marlins in '97, his last season. After a four-year battle with brain cancer, he died on Sunday at age 55.

—T.K.

Ara Parseghian

1923--2017

• To movie lovers, Parseghian is the coach who gave Rudy Ruettiger a chance on the Notre Dame scout team. To football fans he was the man who restored the Irish to prominence. In 11 seasons as coach, Parseghian led Notre Dame to two national championships, in 1966 and '73. After retiring in '74, he focused on raising money for Niemann-Pick Type C disease, which had killed three of his grandchildren. He died last week at 94.

—Jeremy Fuchs