experienced gridiron success before Walker arrived, in 2001, but seldom
consistently. In his last three seasons the Wildcats won at least six games,
their first such streak in 74 years. Walker, who got his start at Miami ( Ohio),
where he had more victories than any other coach in school history, including
Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and Ara Parseghian, died of a heart attack in
The third black
umpire to make the majors, Gregg was one of the most popular and--at nearly 400
pounds--imposing men in blue. He lost his job when he resigned in 1999 because
of a failed union bargaining ploy but remained in the public eye in his
hometown of Philadelphia. The gregarious Gregg was an honorary chairman of the
Wing Bowl eating competition, and he often tended bar at Phillies games.
Warren Spahn had
top billing in the immortal verse " Spahn and Sain and pray for rain,"
but Sain was the ace of the Braves' 1948 pennant winner. The crafty righthander
was 24--15 and beat the Indians' Bob Feller in Game 1 of the World Series with
a four-hit shutout (though Cleveland won the title). After going 139--116 over
11 seasons, Sain became the Yankees' pitching coach and helped turn Whitey Ford
into a 20-game winner.
After being one
of Roller Derby's good girls for a few years, Calvello "went red shirt"
in the 1950s, becoming a baddie. With her dyed hair, heavy makeup and a schnoz
that had been broken a dozen times--fans called her Banana Nose--she looked the
part as well as she played it. At the end of the day, though, everyone knew it
was an act. Calvello was beloved by her peers, and a tournament for roller
girls in Texas bears her name.
Though his claim
that he invented the slap shot as a kid is often questioned, there's no denying
that few used it as effectively as Bernie Geoffrion. The Canadiens' right wing
twice led the NHL in scoring, and in 1961 he became the second player to net 50
goals in a season. Geoffrion died hours before the Habs retired his number