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This is an article from the Nov. 21, 2011 issue
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.
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At age 93, Irving Franklin, cofounder of Franklin Sports. Following a brief stint in the scrap leather business, Franklin started his sporting goods company in 1946 with his brother Sydney, opening their first factory in Puerto Rico, where they produced baseball mitts. Irving later made his most lasting mark as a batting-glove innovator: Although scattered players had used golf gloves at the plate to protect their hands, Franklin, working with the Phillies' Mike Schmidt in '83, became the first to manufacture and market gloves specifically for hitting. Today his company provides batting gloves for more than 150 MLB players.
Passes completed by Broncos QB Tim Tebow in a win over K.C. on Sunday. Since 1980 only three other players have had as few completions as their team's sole QB in a win.
Combined margin of defeat in Boise State senior QB Kellen Moore's three collegiate losses, over 49 games.
Field goals missed by Boise State kickers in those three losses.
Height, in centimeters, of the frame of the custom-made Trek bicycle stolen from former NBA center Shawn Bradley, whose own height, 7'6", was emblazoned on the frame. (An average frame size is 54 centimeters.) The bike was recovered last Thursday.
Average 2011 attendance at MLS games, topping the NHL's and NBA's averages for the first time.
Digital signatures rounded up in protest of the selection of Nickelback to perform at halftime of the Lions' Thanksgiving Day home game. Despite the protest, the NFL says the band will still play.
By former NBA executive Dave Checketts, that a lockout-ending agreement had been reached last Thursday. That proved untrue on Monday when players declined owners' latest offer. With its fits and false starts, a 2011--12 season, like so many other things in sports, is starting to look like pie in the sky. Step right up and guess which of these happens first.
TIGER BACK ON TOP
2011--12 NBA SEASON
NFL PLAYERS POLL
Who would you want on the receiving end of a Hail Mary pass?
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals WR 29%
Andre Johnson, Texans WR 19%
Calvin Johnson, Lions WR 16%
DeSean Jackson, Eagles WR 6%
Randy Moss, free-agent WR 4%
Jackson, the only player in the top nine under six feet tall, likely earned his spot on speed: He was voted the second-fastest NFL player in a previous SI poll.... Defensive backs, whose opinion should count for something here, overwhelmingly favored Fitzgerald, giving him 40% of their vote.... Jags WR Jarett Dillard, the active WR with the highest draft combine vertical jump (42½") since the NFL started keeping records in 2006, did not receive any votes.... Calvin Johnson dominated a similar poll of SI readers on Facebook, taking 66% of the vote—nearly six times the haul of any other player.
Based on 324 NFL players who responded to SI's survey