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Tommy Henrich, 96
Growing up in the football hotbed of Massillon, Ohio, Henrich played softball because baseball diamonds were hard to find. He still drew the attention of scouts and made his way into the Yankees' lineup in 1937, playing next to Joe DiMaggio in the outfield. A five-time All-Star and .282 career batter, Henrich was at his best in the clutch—hence his nickname, Old Reliable. In '49 he hit the first walk-off homer in World Series history.
George McAfee, 90
Called "the most dangerous man with the football in the game" by Red Grange, McAfee had a knack for scoring from anywhere, anytime. In 1941, the best year of his Hall of Fame career, the Bears back led the NFL with 12 touchdowns—five rushing, three receiving and four on returns (a kickoff, a punt, an interception and a blocked kick). McAfee also popularized the use of low-cut shoes, which gave him more mobility.
Al Cervi, 92
The 5'11" Cervi was the model for the guard as a gritty, hustling coach on the floor. After five years in the U.S. Army Air Forces, Cervi joined the Rochester Royals as a 28-year-old in 1945; within three years he was the player-coach of the Syracuse Nationals. He led the National Basketball League in scoring in '47, but it was for his feats on the bench—a 366--264 record and the '55 NBA title—that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.
Norm Van Lier, 61
The 6'1" Bulls guard was as fiesty as they come: He once chased Sidney Wicks, to whom he gave away eight inches and 75 pounds, around Chicago Stadium with a chair after a hard foul. A skilled playmaker—Van Lier averaged a league-high 10.1 assists in 1970—he made his mark at the other end of the court: In his 10-year career Stormin' Norman was a first- or second-team All-Defensive selection eight times.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 88
A competitive athlete—she swam at Stanford and played quarterback in the Kennedys' famed touch football games—Shriver founded the Special Olympics. At the inaugural event, in 1968, she led 1,000 competitors in the Special Olympics oath: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." Today, three million athletes worldwide train for the Special Olympics.