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December 29, 2008
The sports world said goodbye to two members of the Steel Curtain, a couple of Brooklyn Dodgers pitchers and a pair of legendary basketball coaches, as well as the singular Kiwi beekeeper who conquered Everest, a unique champion of chess and one of the most respected voices in broadcasting
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79 | The Steelers' color commentator for 35 years, Cope conveyed his excitement with trademark yelps of yoi! or, if the occasion called for it, double yoi! When not on the radio, Cope was a prolific writer; more than 40 of his pieces appeared in SI. But his most enduring legacy is probably the Terrible Towel, which Cope invented in 1975 by encouraging Pittsburgh fans to bring yellow dishrags and wave them during a playoff game.


31 | After winning the 1980 Kentucky Derby as a 13--1 long shot, Genuine Risk showed she was no fluke, coming in second in the Preakness and the Belmont to become the first (and last) filly to finish in the money in each Triple Crown race. Two years later she was bred to Secretariat in the most glamorous of equine unions, but the colt she gave birth to was stillborn. At the time of her death she was the oldest living Derby winner.


72 | As the Giants' longtime radio commentator, Lynch wasn't especially good with names—he spent most of one game calling the Houston Texans the Houston Astros—and didn't always stay on topic, but that was part of what New York fans found so charming. Many of Lynch's long, rambling stories were about his playing days, when he was an All-Pro cornerback for the team. He led the NFL in interceptions in 1961 and '63.


92 | Bolt won 15 tournaments, including the 1958 U.S. Open, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, but he'll be remembered most for his temper and his club tossing, which earned him the nickname Thunder Bolt. On one occasion he asked his caddie what club he should hit. The caddie recommended a two-iron. It was way too much club for the job—but it was the only iron that was left in Bolt's bag.


70 | The 1962 AL Rookie of the Year earned his award. Tresh took over when Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek was called up for National Guard duty, moved to leftfield when Kubek returned, and hit .286 with 20 homers. But Tresh was even more effective in the World Series. Against the Giants he belted a game-winning, three-run homer in Game 5 and helped preserve a 1--0 Game 7 win with a running catch of a Willie Mays drive.


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