Of complications from Alzheimer's, Herman Keiser, 89, the 1946 Masters champion. Keiser pulled off one of golf's greatest upsets when he defeated Ben Hogan by a stroke to win the green jacket. Regarded as a rank outsider, Keiser, who had just completed a 31-month stint in the Navy aboard the USS Cincinnati during World War II, bested a field that also included Byron Nelson and Sam Snead, and he delighted in reminding listeners in later years that he had collected $1,000 for betting on himself, at 20 to 1. Keiser, who never won another major, later became a driving range owner in Copley, Ohio. In '96 he called his Masters victory "the greatest thing that has ever happened to me."
Of Parkinson's disease, James (Doc) Counsilman, 83, who coached U.S. swimmers to 21 gold medals in the 1964 and 76 Olympics and led Indiana to 23 Big Ten championships as the Hoosiers' coach from 1957 to '90. Counsilman taught himself to swim as a teenager in fish hatcheries in public parks in his hometown of St. Louis. After a stint in the Army in World War II—he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after flying 32 missions—he graduated from Ohio State, then earned a doctorate in human performance from Iowa. (His dissertation was on the crawl.) He later applied Bernoulli's principle of fluid mechanics to determine that the optimal stroke involved bending the arm, a discovery that revolutionized the sport. (His 1968 book, The Science of Swimming, is still the sport's bible.) Even as he coached, Counsilman remained a competitive swimmer. In '79, just before he became, at 58, the oldest person to swim the English Channel, he said, "I don't mind getting old. I just don't want to get old before my time."
By the Patriots, the six season tickets belonging to the Bristol, Conn., company Yarde Metals. During the Oct. 13 Packers-Patriots game one of the firm's male customers used a women's rest-room at Gillette Stadium because there was a long wait outside a men's room. Yarde—which made national headlines in the late 1990s because it was building a plant with unisex restrooms—sued to regain the tickets it had had for 20 years. But last week Suffolk Superior Court judge Thomas Connolly ruled that the Patriots were within their rights, although he noted that "the harshness of the penalty...seems to the court Draconian." Getting new tickets won't be easy: The waiting list has 40,000 names on it.
Erroneously, from what would be his 900th NBA win, Pistons coach Larry Brown. During the third quarter of last Saturday's Warriors-Pistons game, Brown and Detroit guard Richard Hamilton received technicals for arguing after Hamilton was whistled for a foul. But ref Pat Fraher thought both had been called on Brown, and because two T's mean a mandatory ejection, he ordered the coach to go. When the mistake was caught a few minutes later, Brown was told he could return, but he chose to leave and watch the game on TV at home. "I was emotionally sick...[and] I just didn't think it was appropriate for me to come back," Brown said after Detroit's 99-93 win. "The crowd was so emotional, I thought it would be bad for the officials, for everybody."