A hard-punching southpaw, Valero had a record that might have earned him a shot at Manny Pacquiao; he won his first 18 fights on first-round knockouts, took the WBC lightweight belt and had 27 knockouts in as many pro bouts. But Valero was also prone to fits of violence, which became sadly apparent in April when he was arrested in his native Venezuela on charges of stabbing his wife to death. He hanged himself in his jail cell.
Gil McDougald, 82
The 1951 AL Rookie of the Year, McDougald hit a liner that struck Indians pitcher Herb Score in the eye in '57. The Yankees infielder vowed that if Score lost sight in the eye, he'd quit baseball. Score recovered (but was never the same pitcher), and McDougald went on to play in the third of his five All-Star Games and the sixth of his eight World Series. He retired at 32, anticipating that he would be left unprotected in the expansion draft.
Victoria Draves, 85
Draves wasn't a natural for a career in aquatic sports. She confessed to being afraid of the water as a child, and being half-Filipino meant that she was barred from many pools in the 1930s. But at 16 she began diving and, under the tutelage of Lyle Draves, whom she married in 1946, she made the '48 U.S. Olympic team as a 23-year-old. In London, Draves became the first woman to sweep the platform and springboard competitions.
Juan Antonio Samaranch, 89
In the years that Samaranch was president of the IOC, from 1980 to 2001, the Olympic Games underwent a renewal. Cash shortages and boycotts gave way to commercial growth and unprecedented levels of participation—everyone from Jamaican bobsledders to the NBA's biggest stars. Samaranch's tenure wasn't without controversy, though, as doping and corruption occasionally overshadowed the Games.
John Wooden, 99
When he was named Sportsman of the Year in 1972, Wooden told SI, "I don't know anyone, as participant, spectator or bystander, who is not touched in some way by sport.... [S]port keeps people young; perhaps that is the most important thing." That philosophy helps explain the fact that Wooden was 53 and had been at UCLA for 15 years before he won the first of 10 national titles. His quick, cohesive and well-conditioned Bruins also set a record with 88 straight victories, from 1971 to '74. The first three-time consensus All-America as a point guard at Purdue in the early 1930s, Wooden was old school, but he was also forward-thinking. He had to be to succeed as a coach—an authority figure—at a time when campuses were in turmoil. (His star center Bill Walton was famously arrested in 1972 for protesting the Vietnam War.) Wooden was stern when the situation called for it, but he was also empathetic, a combination that made him in some ways the ultimate dad. "He had structure, a philosophy based on fairness," Kenny Washington, an African-American guard from rural South Carolina, said in 2007. "He was a small-town person too. The same things his father taught him, my father taught me. I felt like a foster child."
Willie Davis, 69