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A slick fielder known as the Cat, the lefty won 133 games in a 12-year career and went 20-7 in '48, but it was the three games he won in the Cardinals '46 Series victory over the Red Sox that secured his place in baseball lore.
The miler held the world record of 4:01.4 for nine years until Roger Bannister broke four minutes. He trained on wooded trails in his native Sweden and set 16 world records in all, at distances ranging from 1,500 to 5,000 meters.
The Arizona Cardinal left a legacy of selflessness. As a player he spurned free-agent riches out of loyalty to the Cards. As a man, he was so moved by the events of 9/11 that he left the NFL to serve as a U.S. Army Ranger and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.
Ted Williams's son made a career of guarding--and marketing--his father's legacy and sparked an ugly battle over Ted's remains. On the field the Splinter's son, who died of leukemia, was less than splendid, hitting .153 in his last stint in the minors.
He had Hakeem's size, Dikembe's spirit and, at 7 feet, a mountain of upside. Yet after the Nets drafted him No. 14 in '94 , the Nigerian center averaged 2.1 points in four NBA years. He died in New Jersey of a heart attack.