BUCK O'NEIL, 94 He missed the Hall of Fame by one vote, but Buck O'Neil won't be forgotten. The Negro League star and major-league coach and scout found celebrity at 82 in Ken Burns's "Baseball" documentary, and spent the last years of his life as chairman of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. "I truly believe I have been blessed," said the man who saw so much wrong.

R. W. APPLE, 71 No journalist ever had more fun. For more than 40 years, New York Timesman R. W. (Johnny) Apple Jr. plunged into political campaigns, foreign wars and his favorite restaurants (which were many) with gusto and verve. Apple overflowed with knowledge and strong opinions about history and culture, art and architecture, and food and wine. Fat and boyish but fearless, he roamed the world for the Times, as bureau chief in Saigon during Vietnam, London during the Falklands War and D.C. in the '90s. Apple had the "best mind and worst body in journalism," said his editor, A. M. Rosenthal. As a political reporter, "he damned near invented the Iowa caucuses," said his chief rival, The Washington Post's David Broder. Apple could be pompous, but he was a romantic and generous with his talents. He never won a Pulitzer, and he couldn't really be a role model. He was one of a kind.

--Evan Thomas