After 12 NFL seasons, Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden (above). An 11-time Pro
Bowler, the 6'9", 345-pound Ogden, 33, was the Ravens' first draft pick, in
1996. Known for his quickness as well as his size, he could be part of a
landmark Hall of Fame class in 2013, when he, Brett Favre, Michael Strahan and
Warren Sapp will be eligible. Ogden said he quit because of the hyperextended
left big toe he suffered last year. "I just wanted to be one of the most
respected linemen that played the game," he said. "And I think I have
Of a heart attack at age 58, NBC Washington bureau chief and Meet the Press
host Tim Russert (below). Known for his sharp political insights, tough
questions and affable nature, Russert, a Buffalo native, was also a rabid
sports fan. During his 17-year tenure—he was the show's longest-running host—he
ended many Meet the Press broadcasts with a "Go, Bills" sign-off, and
he had been a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame board of directors
At age 88 of complications of pneumonia, Eliot Asinof (below, front row
middle), the author of Eight Men Out and several other sports books. Asinof,
who played first base in the Phillies' minor league system before serving in
World War II, published his account of the 1919 Black Sox scandal in '63. In
'88 Eight Men Out was made into a movie starring John Cusack and Charlie Sheen,
and in 2002 SI ranked it as one of the top 50 sports books of all time.
At age 77 of a heart attack, longtime ABC and NBC play-by-play man Charlie
Jones. In 1960, the year the AFL debuted, Jones got his start at ABC on
broadcasts of the upstart league's games. In '65 he moved to NBC, where over
the next 32 years he became known for his smooth baritone and versatility.
Before his retirement in '97 he broadcast 28 different sports, including
football, golf, tennis, baseball and the 1988 and '96 Summer Olympics.
At age 43 of heart failure, former Bills offensive lineman Mitch Frerotte. A
star at Penn State from 1983 to '87, Frerotte played in three Super Bowls for
Buffalo during his four-year NFL career, which he spent mostly as a reserve.
Frerotte, a cousin of Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte, sustained a
career-ending neck injury in '93 while in training camp with the Seahawks. Last
Friday the coroner in Kittanning, Pa., Frerotte's hometown, said Frerotte
suffered from a thickening of the heart muscle.
By Major League Baseball, plans to institute instant replay for disputed home
run calls. Last month MLB announced plans to test a replay system in the
Arizona Fall League this year. But last week it was disclosed that baseball
officials and the umpires' union are discussing using it in major league games
beginning in August. A preliminary plan reportedly calls for the creation of a
war room at the commissioner's office in New York City, where an umpire
supervisor would review video and then confer with the umpire crew chief on the
field to make the final call on whether a questionable home run cleared the
wall or was fair or foul.
The Republican primary for a spot on the Pickens County (S.C.) Council, former
Bengals coach Sam Wyche. In March, Wyche, 63, who moved to Pickens County when
his NFL career ended in 2006, declared that he was running for the seat held by
fellow Republican Ben Trotter. Wyche, who campaigned on a promise to draw
industry to Pickens County, won 60% of the 3,600 votes cast. He will face
Democratic candidate Heywood Burbage in the November election.