Hank Gathers–20 Year Anniversary of His Far Too Early Death

Hank Gathers

There’s a nice remembrance piece in the USA Today on the occasion of today’s 20-year (!?) anniversary of the death of Hank Gathers. The Loyola Marymount Lions basketball star, he died–on-court–on March 4, 1990 at just 23-years old, the result of a known heart condition.

If you weren’t around back then or don’t remember him, his story is well worth checking out. (There’s even a new book out about him.) That tournament run Loyola went on, making the Elite Eight just days after his death, remains one of my all-time favorite memories, sports-related and in general.