The 1996 National League MVP and the first major leaguer to admit he'd used steroids died of a drug overdose. Respected for playing through pain, he was so dehydrated before a '96 game that he took two liters of IV fluids, then went out and hit two homers.
An anomaly in baseball's old-boys' network, the Reds owner from '84 to '99 was a tireless philanthropist but given to acts of social and racial insensitivity that led to her being suspended. Ex-commissioner Fay Vincent: "I always thought of her as a tragic figure."
The two-time NBA Coach of the Year was a great communicator with a soft country drawl. He won 832 games (10th alltime), including 341 with the Suns, whose CEO Jerry Colangelo said, "He embodied all things that are great about life."
The Wisconsin star went by Crazy Legs after a writer said his running style made him look "like a demented duck." An ironworker's son, he played 11 pro seasons, winning an NFL title with the '51 Rams, and starred in three movies.
As the soul of the '73 Mets World Series team, the closer coined the phrase "You gotta believe." In a colorful 19-year career, the two-time All-Star bounced off the mound slapping his glove against his thigh. Once asked whether he preferred grass to AstroTurf, he said, "I don't know. I've never smoked AstroTurf."