At age 88 of injuries suffered in a car crash in Pinellas Park, Fla., longtime
Cardinals official George Kissell (above). Kissell never made it to the
majors—he played three seasons in the minors before serving in the Navy in
World War II—but he was a Cardinals fixture for the past six decades. He was a
minor league instructor and big league coach, and he was known as a high priest
of fundamentals. (Former manager Whitey Herzog once said, "George Kissell
is the only man I know who can talk for 15 minutes about a ground ball.")
Kissell was a player development coordinator until his death.
With an injury to his right front hoof, 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness
winner Big Brown. The 3-year-old, who won seven of eight career starts, was
working out on Monday at Aqueduct; he appeared to kick himself and began
bleeding from his foot. The extent of the injury was unknown, but Big Brown
co-owner Michael Iavarone said the colt will begin his breeding career. Big
Brown's next start was to have been a showdown with star 4-year-old Curlin in
the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.
With a brain tumor, Seve Ballesteros (below). The scrambler nonpareil—he won
the first of his five major titles, the 1979 British Open, making a crucial
final-round birdie after hitting his drive into a parking lot—collapsed in
Madrid on Oct. 6 and was admitted to La Paz hospital, where the tumor was
diagnosed last week. Ballesteros, 51, was to have a biopsy on Tuesday.
"Throughout my career I have been among the best at overcoming challenges
on the golf course. Now I want to be the best confronting the hardest challenge
of my life," Ballesteros said in a statement.
For nearly 10 hours by immigration authorities after agents allegedly caught
him bringing illegal fertility drugs into the U.S. from Mexico, Jose Canseco.
The former major leaguer, who described his steroid use in a 2005 book, was
held at a border crossing in San Diego. According to Canseco's lawyer, Gregory
Emerson, agents found human chorionic gonadotropin, which helps restore
testosterone and is illegal without a prescription, in Canseco's car. No
charges have been filed, but he's scheduled to appear in court this week.
For 30 games by the Warriors for injuring his ankle in a moped accident, Monta
Ellis. The guard signed a six-year, $66 million deal in the summer after
averaging 20.2 points last season. He severely sprained his ankle in a crash in
August, then told the team he was hurt playing basketball. Ellis isn't likely
to be healthy enough to play during his suspension, but the ban will cost him
$3 million in salary. The standard NBA player contract prohibits players from
engaging in activity "exposing the participant to a substantial risk of
bodily injury" and specifically includes mopeds.
While he awaits trial for an alleged hit-and-run accident in the Dominican
Republic, Mets reliever Ambiorix Burgos. On Sept. 30 Burgos allegedly struck
and killed two female pedestrians with his Hummer in his hometown of Nagua.
Burgos, 24, is accused of fleeing the scene, which could land him in prison for
two years. He is scheduled to go on trial in three months. "I am going to
come out of this fine because my conscience is clear," he said.
After shooting himself in the face, former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk. The
47-year-old, who's now a goaltending coach with the Blue Jackets, was hunting
rabbits at his Fish Springs, Nev., home when his .22-caliber rifle accidentally
went off, according to The Record-Courier of Reno. Malarchuk is expected to
make a full recovery. In 11 seasons from 1981--92 Malarchuk was 141-130-45, but
he's best known for having his jugular vein sliced by a skate blade during a
game in '89, an incident that left a pool of blood on the ice and shocked two
spectators so badly that they had heart attacks.