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At age 83, seven-time NBA All-Star and basketball Hall of Famer Ed Macauley (above, 22). Known on the court as Easy Ed, the center-forward led Saint Louis to a 1948 NIT championship before being drafted in '49 by the St. Louis Bombers of the Basketball Association of America (which merged later that year with the National Basketball League to form the NBA). When that team folded, he was selected in the '50 dispersal draft by the Boston Celtics, for whom he played until he was traded, along with the draft rights to future Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan, to the St. Louis Hawks in '56 for the rights to Bill Russell. Macauley played three years for the Hawks and won one title (over Russell's Celtics) before retiring with a career average of 17.5 points.
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Israel's bid for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Jewish former major leaguers Shawn Green, Brad Ausmus and Gabe Kapler, who said that they would participate in whatever capacity necessary—as players, as manager or just as advocates—when 16 countries face off in the '12 qualifier from which four teams will advance to the third WBC. Israel, which saw its pro league fold after only one season, in '07, plans to take advantage of the WBC rule allowing players to compete for nations for which they are eligible for citizenship, but not necessarily already citizens, a rule that opens up the Jewish-American talent pool to 13 current major leaguers.
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That he is gay, former MLS midfielder David Testo. A starter in the past for the Columbus Crew as well as the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL and the Montreal Impact of the USL and NASL, and now a free agent, Testo (below) said last Thursday, "I didn't choose this. This is just who I am.... You can still be an amazing soccer player and be gay." Testo added that although his family, friends and teammates knew of his sexual orientation, he regretted not coming out publicly before now—especially in 2009, when he won Montreal's MVP award and had wanted to thank his partner. Impact team president Joey Saputo says that the team knew Testo was gay when it signed him.
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At age 72 of cancer, James Van Doren, who started the shoe company Vans, a staple of the West Coast skateboarding scene since the 1970s. An experienced rubber and shoe manufacturer, Van Doren, along with his brother Paul and two others, formed a family leisure shoe company in '66, and one of their early products, a low-top boat shoe, caught on with skaters who benefitted from its strong rubber grip. In '82 the slip-ons went from under-the-radar to mainstream (especially in checkerboarded designs) when actor Sean Penn sported the kicks as stoner surfer Jeff Spicoli in the high school comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
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Of a suspected heart attack at age 54, Charlie Lea, the only French-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues. A transplant from Orleans, Lea settled stateside in Memphis, where he pitched for Memphis State before joining the Expos in 1980. It was there, in his second season, that he held the Giants hitless for nine innings on a Montreal team that would lose to the eventual world champion Dodgers in the NLCS. Lea (above) pitched four more seasons in Montreal—including in '84 when he started and won the All-Star Game—then retired after a lone season in Minnesota. Afterward, Lea spent 11 seasons as a radio broadcaster for the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals' Triple A affiliate and the team that replaced the Expos' Double A Memphis Chicks.