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The last surviving member of the 1947 meeting in Daytona Beach that gave birth to NASCAR, Parks—like many stock car racing figures then—had ties to moonshine running, serving nine months in prison in 1936 and '37. When NASCAR was formed Parks hired Red Byron to drive his car, and they won the first two championships the series awarded: the modified title in 1948 and the Strictly Stock series, the forerunner of today's Cup series, in '49.
Jim Bibby, 65
Armed with what SI called a "conveniently wild fastball," the late-blooming Bibby no-hit the champion A's as a 28-year-old Ranger in 1973, his first full season. As he aged, the 6'5" Bibby—whose 6'1" kid brother, Henry, was an NBA guard—developed a deeper repertoire. He started Game 7 of the '79 World Series for the Pirates, throwing four innings on three days' rest in a 4--1 win over the Orioles. The next year he was 19--6 with a 3.32 ERA.
Laurent Fignon, 50
Known in cycling circles as the Professor because he wore round spectacles and had studied to be a veterinarian, the debonair Parisian with the blond ponytail won the Tour de France in his first two tries, in 1983 and '84. But Fignon would gain far more notoriety for his performance in the 1989 Tour, when he carried a gaping 50-second lead into the final stage, a time trial. Hampered by saddle sores that had made it difficult to sleep the night before, he was overtaken by Greg LeMond, who won the race by eight seconds. (Later, armchair physicists suggested that the drag created by Fignon's ponytail cost him the race.) Never one to smile for the cameras, Fignon was awarded the Prix Citron by journalists as the least likable rider in the '89 field. His response: "At least I won something."
Ernie Harwell, 92
In 1947, Harwell became the rare broadcaster to be traded for a player when Dodgers G.M. Branch Rickey sent a minor league catcher to the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern League for the right to bring Harwell to Brooklyn. Over the rest of his career, Harwell's Georgia lilt made him beloved in, of all places, Detroit, where he was the voice of the Tigers for 42 years. In 1981 the Hall of Fame honored Harwell with the Ford C. Frick Award.
Pat Burns, 58
When he took his first head-coaching job in the Quebec Major Junior League, Burns had yet to abandon his career as a Gatineau, Ont., police detective. Three years later—at the urging of the team's owner, Wayne Gretzky—he gave up his badge for good, and by 1989 the fiery Burns was guiding the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup finals. He was named NHL coach of the year that season for the first of three times, and in 2003 he finally won the Cup, with the Devils.
Gaines Adams, 26