At age 86, Hall of Fame third baseman George Kell (above). The redhead from Swifton, Ark., hit .306 for five teams over a 15-year career. Kell was one of the most difficult hitters to strike out: In 1949, when he went 2 for 3 on the final day of the season to edge Ted Williams for the AL batting crown, he fanned just 13 times in 612 plate appearances for the Tigers. Kell retired in 1957 and began calling Detroit's games on TV two years later. While his Southern accent stood out in Michigan, that didn't hamper his career: Kell stayed on the job for four decades.
At age 87, peripatetic football coach and administrator Lou Saban. After playing linebacker for the Browns, Saban went on to coach the Patriots, Bills and Broncos. His college gigs included major programs such as Miami (Fla.), Army and Maryland, as well as smaller schools like Peru (Neb.) State, Alfred (N.Y.) University and Canton (N.Y.) Tech. He also found time to run the Yankees in 1981 and '82. (Saban had hired George Steinbrenner as an assistant coach at Northwestern in 1955.) After resigning from Chowan following an 0--10 season in 2002, Saban said he would be open to coaching again (though he didn't). "Hell, I don't know anything else but coaching, know what I'm saying?" he said. "That's where I belong."
At age 25, Alysheba, who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 1987. Going off as the sixth choice in the Kentucky Derby, the son of Alydar stumbled badly near the top of the stretch as he clipped the heels of leader Bet Twice but was able to make the pass and win. Alysheba then took the Preakness before Bet Twice exacted revenge in the Belmont, winning handily as Alysheba finished fourth. "He looked majestic on the track," said Chris McCarron, his primary jockey. "He'd stop and let people take photographs. I believe he loved it."
On charges of abducting a baby, Amalia Tabata Pereira, 43, the wife of 20-year-old Pirates prospect Jose Tabata. Police say Pereira posed as an immigration official and persuaded a Florida couple to hand over their two-month-old girl. She then attempted to pass the child off as her own. (The baby was safely returned to her parents.) "She completely falsified her pregnancy and the eventual birth of a baby girl, which would have made me a father for the first time," said Tabata, who was not implicated. "Imagine how that made me feel." Pereira is being held on $750,000 bail.
To two batters in an independent league game, Eri Yoshida, the first woman to play against professional men in Japan. The 17-year-old sidearming knuckleballer walked her first hitter on four pitches, fanned her second and was then removed from the game. The 5-foot, 114-pound Yoshida signed with the Kobe 9 Cruise of the new Kansai Independent League last December. Her debut, against the Osaka Gold Villicanes, drew 11,592 fans to the Osaka Dome. "I want to be able to pitch more innings and become a pitcher who can be relied upon," said Yoshida.
On charges of stalking Shawn Johnson, Robert O'Ryan, 34. Now a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, Johnson (left, with partner Mark Ballas) won four gymnastics medals at the 2008 Olympics. O'Ryan was arrested at the show's studio when he tried to jump a security fence. He was allegedly carrying loaded guns, duct tape and love letters. O'Ryan pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of stalking and two weapons misdemeanors; a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 27.
That he will transfer to Duke, Liberty guard Seth Curry. The son of former NBA player Dell Curry and younger brother of Davidson junior Stephen Curry, who led the nation in scoring, Seth averaged 20.2 points per game as a freshman with the Flames. The Blue Devils have two shooting guards returning, but both will be gone when Curry, who must sit out a year as a transfer, becomes eligible in 2010.