Sports figures

Jim Dooley, 77; succeeded George Halas as coach of the Chicago Bears (Jan. 8)

Christopher Bowman, 40; two-time U.S. figure skating champion (Jan. 10)

Johnny Podres, 75; left-hander pitched Dodgers to first World Series title in Brooklyn (Jan. 13)

Bobby Fischer, 64; the reclusive chess genius who became a Cold War hero when he dethroned the Soviet world champion in 1972 (Jan. 17)

John McHale Sr., 86; the first president of the Montreal Expos when the team debuted in 1969 (Jan. 17)

Ernie Holmes, 59; won two Super Bowl titles as an anchor of the Pittsburgh Steelers' famed "Steel Curtain" defense in the 1970s (Jan. 17)

Georgia Frontiere, 80; inherited the Los Angeles Rams football team from her husband, Carroll Rosenblum, and infuriated Southern California football fans when she moved the team to St. Louis (Jan. 18)

Mike Holovak, 88; former coach of the Boston Patriots and a longtime NFL executive with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans (Jan. 27)

Larry Smith, 68; led USC to Rose Bowl appearances in his first three years as coach (Jan. 28)

Ed Vargo, 79; longtime National League umpire called Sandy Koufax's no-hitter in 1964 and his perfect game in 1965 (Feb. 2)

Thomas T. Roberts, 84; labor arbitrator known for baseball rulings including the decision that found Major League Baseball owners guilty of collusion in negotiations with free agents (Feb. 13)

Bob Howsam, 89; a baseball and football executive who assembled the "Big Red Machine" for baseball's Cincinnati Reds and co-founded professional football's Denver Broncos (Feb. 19)

Myron Cope, 79; former Pittsburgh Steelers broadcaster (Feb. 27)

Boyd Coddington, 63; car-building legend whose "American Hot Rod" TV reality show introduced the nation to the West Coast hot-rod guru (Feb. 27)

George Toley, 91; USC tennis coach who led Trojans to 10 collegiate titles in 27 years (March 1)

John Buttera, 68; a trend-setting builder of hot rods and race cars whose minimalist designs and mechanical ingenuity influenced racing for decades (March 2)

Ted Robinson, 84; prominent golf course architect based in Laguna Beach (March 2)

Bob Purkey, 78; pitched in three All-Star Games and one World Series with the Cincinnati Reds (March 16)