JOSH HAMILTON: STARTING OVER

Josh Hamilton is 25 years old, the last four felt like a lifetime. His mind once blurred by drugs and alcohol, his body abused by a serious car accident, tattoos and cigarette burn scars on his skin, Hamilton is trying to pick up the pieces of his life and a promising career as a major league baseball player. On Tuesday, June 8, 1999, Josh and his parents, Tony and Linda Hamilton, and 50 friends and members of the media camped out at Hamilton’s home in Raleigh, N.C., waiting for the phone to ring. The room was filled with quiet anticipation.

FLASHBACK: JULY 30, 1960

“The foot’s up in your face, and that’s bad. Then he comes through like a fullback chargin. He lunges off the hill. Sometimes he even stumbles from the force of his delivery. With all that confusion of motion it’s a problem seeing the ball. But his control is a bigger thing. He can throw all day within a two-inch space, in, out, up or down. I’ve never seen anyone as good as that.” — Hank Aaron describing Juan Marichal

Juan Antonio Marichal Sánchez began baffling hitters the first time he stepped foot on a major league pitchers mound – literally.

MARK CUBAN: PITTSBURGH’S DREAM OWNER

Mark Cuban has been dubbed “the fans dream (come true).” And, It’s easy to see why.

Cuban, the self-made billionaire and current owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise, is the only professional sports owner who truly is a fan – or should we say fanatical? – of his respective team and sport. His style is wide-open, his personality over-the-top, his passion, second to none. His personality has polarized sports fans, business leaders, the media, professional peers, you name it.