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Don Carter, 85
As a young pitcher and outfielder who played American Legion ball with Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola in St. Louis, Carter tried a popular exercise in the 1940s for improving arm strength: He grabbed a ball and hit the lanes. When his baseball career flamed out after just one season with the Philadelphia A's Class D team, he said, "I began devoting practically all my waking hours to bowling." By the early '50s he was on a team sponsored by Budweiser; his salary, winnings and endorsements made him one of the highest-paid athletes in the U.S. In '64 he became the first athlete to sign a $1 million endorsement deal, with ballmaker Ebonite International. Carter, who won 18 pro titles, was instrumental in the formation of the Professional Bowlers Association in '58, and he was the tour's first president.
Sarah Burke, 29
A leader in the movement to get women's superpipe added to the Olympics, Burke would have been a favorite to medal in the event when it debuts in Sochi in 2014. The Barrie, Ont., native won the superpipe at the X Games four times in five years, and she received the 2007 ESPY Award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. Burke died after crashing on a training run.
Johnny Pesky, 92
Born John Paveskovich, Pesky shortened his name so it would fit in a box score—and the new handle couldn't have been more apt. A 5' 9", 168-pound shortstop, he led the American League in hits in each of his first three seasons with the Red Sox, and he batted .307 over his 10-year career. Pesky had a 60-year relationship with the Sox as a player, coach, manager and broadcaster.
Orlando Woolridge, 52
The sixth pick of the 1981 draft, Woolridge had horrible timing in his NBA career. He left the Bulls just as Michael Jordan began to peak, and he played for the Lakers and the Pistons at the conclusions of their title runs. In his 13 seasons, which were interrupted by a drug suspension, the 6'9" forward averaged more than 20 points four times. He coached in the WNBA for two years.
Hector Camacho, 50
A reformed car thief who was guided to boxing by a teacher, Camacho wasn't a big puncher, but he was maddeningly hard to hit, flustering boxers in seven weight classes. Macho did it with a flair the sport had never seen—no small feat in boxing—wearing leopard-print trunks or ones adorned with tassels. He died after being shot in a car that was later found to contain cocaine.