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One of the first local products to play for the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Davis signed out of Roosevelt High in 1958. Four years later the speedy centerfielder—nicknamed 3 Dog, for his number and his penchant for three-base hits—led the NL in triples while stealing 32 bases and hitting 21 homers. A career .279 hitter, Davis was hounded by talk that he never realized his potential, but no one has had more hits for the Dodgers in L.A.
Kenny McKinley, 23
A fifth-round pick out of South Carolina, where he set the single-season record for receptions with 77, McKinley played sporadically as a Broncos rookie in 2009. In August he underwent his second left knee surgery in eight months and was put on injured reserve. The injury, reportedly coupled with despair over gambling debts, made McKinley deeply depressed; in September he committed suicide in his Denver home.
Quintin Dailey, 49
The No. 2 scorer in University of San Francisco history, Dailey was also culpable in the program's dissolution in the early 1980s after he admitted to taking money from boosters and pleaded guilty to assault of a female student. The 6'3" guard was drafted by the Bulls days after his plea, and his 10-year NBA career, during which he averaged 14.1 points, was marked by disciplinary issues. "I had to learn life by trial and error," Dailey said. "I erred a lot."
Dorothy Kamenshek, 84
Geena Davis's character in A League of Their Own was a composite of several players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. But when it came time to give her a name, the movie's producers chose Dottie, a nod to the league's best player. Kamenshek was a seven-time All-Star and batted .292 for her career, tops in league history. Former Yankees first baseman Wally Pipp called her "the fanciest-fielding first baseman I've ever seen, man or woman." Kamenshek was fearless; in 1946 she stole 106 bases—despite the fact that the league's uniforms (skirts with knee-high socks) weren't exactly conducive to sliding. "In the spring, we're always hoping we'd develop calluses," she said. "If you got your skin toughened up, you were pretty lucky most of the year."
Bob Sheppard, 99
The P.A. announcer at Yankee Stadium for 57 years (and for the football Giants for 50 years), Sheppard spoke into the microphone with the same impeccable locution he used in daily conversation. Sheppard served as an adjunct professor of speech at St. John's, where he had played first base and quarterback. Said Red Sox slugger Carl Yastrzemski, "You're not in the big leagues until Bob Sheppard announces your name."
Rob Lytle, 56