74 | After a 14 1/2-year hitch in the Army, Moody undertook a career as a golfer. An excellent tee-to-green player, he won the U.S. Open in 1969—but that was his only Tour victory. Moody struggled with what SI called, in a '79 story, The Putter That God Forgot. That changed once Sarge reached the Senior tour in '84: Becoming one of the first to use a long-shafted blade, he won 11 tournaments and more than $1 million.
76 | One of the NBA's most recognizable referees—Garretson worked more than 2,000 games—he also served for 17 years as the league's director of officiating. While critics accused him of using his power to intimidate young refs, Garretson was instrumental in the expansion of crews from two to three, and he hired the league's first female referees. His son Ronnie has been officiating since 1987--88; they worked one game together.
63 | A runt most of his adolescence, he played jayvee football through his junior year at Robstown ( Texas) High, working the chains for varsity games in which his younger brother, Marvin, starred. Gene filled out at Texas A&I, but he remained an unheralded offensive lineman until his revelatory performance in the 1967 Senior Bowl. That earned him a spot in the College All-Star Game alongside big-name players from big-name schools; they were so impressed with Upshaw that they voted him a captain. "From that point on," he said later, "it seems I've been the captain of everything." Late in his 15-year Hall of Fame career as a Raiders guard (his teammates nicknamed him the Governor) he was the elected head of the NFL Players Association, a position he held for 25 years—well into his retirement from the field. There was one work stoppage early in his tenure, but since 1987 the NFL has enjoyed labor peace, earning Upshaw the respect of both his constituents and his supposed adversaries. Said former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, "Gene was the sun and the moon and Venus and Jupiter and Mars."
93 | With his direct, straightforward style, Heinz changed sportswriting, which for so long had relied on a litany of numbers and overblown prose. Heinz's Death of a Racehorse, a 960-word masterpiece, is probably the best-known piece of sports journalism, and Ernest Hemingway called his book The Professional "the only good novel I've ever read about a fighter." With H. Richard Hornberger, Heinz also cowrote the novel MASH.
81 | Unlike most race car drivers—type A, aggressive almost to a fault—Hill was an introspective opera buff from Southern California who once said of himself, "I had an amazing amount of luck to race for 22 years and not a drop of blood or a broken bone. Maybe I wasn't trying hard enough." Imagine what he might have done had he tried any harder. A three-time winner of both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring, Hill became the first (and still only) American-born Formula One champion, in 1961, though he clinched the crown under tragic circumstances. In the penultimate race of the season, the Italian Grand Prix, Hill's rival and Ferrari teammate Wolfgang von Trips was killed in an accident that also claimed the lives of 14 spectators. With the title wrapped up, Ferrari pulled out of the final race, at Watkins Glen, depriving Hill of the chance to drive as the world champion in his home country. After considering retirement, Hill raced for five more years before finally walking away at age 39 to focus on his two loves: restoring classic automobiles and collecting antique musical instruments.