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Teófilo Stevenson, 60
After winning the heavyweight gold at the 1972 Olympics, Stevenson turned down $1 million to defect from Cuba and fight Muhammad Ali, saying, "What is a million dollars against eight million Cubans who love me?" Once described by the BBC as Cuba's "most famous figure after Fidel Castro," Stevenson won two more golds before Cuba boycotted the '84 and '88 Games.
Rick Majerus, 64
Of the 80 players he recruited to Utah only 33 stayed for four years, but those who stuck with Majerus were intensely loyal, not to mention successful. In a 25-year career with four schools he went 517--216 and took the Utes to the 1998 national final. Poor health forced Majerus to resign from Saint Louis after the 2012 NCAA tournament—the Billikens' first NCAA berth in 12 years.
Junior Seau, 43
San Diego born and bred, Seau forged a deep bond with the fans during his 13 seasons with the Chargers. A 6'3", 250-pound linebacker who once caught Sam Graddy, an Olympic sprinter turned receiver, from behind, Seau made 12 Pro Bowls and led San Diego to the AFC title in '94, when he was named NFL Man of the Year for his work with kids. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
Gary Carter, 57
Dubbed "baseball's happiest warrior" in a 1986 PEOPLE profile, Carter once estimated that he signed between 75,000 and 100,000 autographs a year—and it's possible he was even more outgoing when he was behind the plate. (Ted Simmons once stepped out of the box to ask Carter, "Are we going to talk or are we going to play?") The Kid could have let his play do the talking; in 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos, he cultivated a well-earned reputation as one of the game's best defensive catchers, with a strong arm, a snap-quick release, and the ability to call a game and frame a pitch. Unlike most other top backstops, he could also rake. Carter had six 20 home run seasons and played in seven All-Star Games as an Expo, becoming the most popular player north of the border. (When he was prime minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau remarked, "I am certainly happy that I don't have to run for election against Gary Carter.") Ultimately his salary grew too large for the cash-strapped Expos, and he was traded to the Mets before the 1985 season. Any doubts about how Carter's act would play in New York were allayed on Opening Day, when the Shea Stadium crowd erupted as he circled the bases pumping his fist following his 10th-inning, game-winning homer. He continued to provide clutch hits in the Mets' 1986 championship run—including a 12th-inning single to win Game 5 of the NLCS and a 10th-inning, two-out single to start the comeback in Game 6 of the World Series. His rah-rah ways were off-putting to some, but Carter never cared. "I've always been smiling," he told SI in '83. "I might get ridiculed for it, but it's just me. You can't fake being nice, you know."
Slater Martin, 86
The face of the Minneapolis Lakers' early NBA dynasty was center George Mikan, but its heart was Hall of Famer and five-time champ Martin, a frisky point guard who got the ball inside and patrolled the perimeter. Once, rival Bob Cousy went behind his back to get past Martin. "I told him that if he did that again, I would break his nose," he recalled in 1999. "He didn't do it again."