December 6, 2005
Soccer great George Best, Nov. 24
George Best, the former Northern Ireland and Manchester United soccer star of the 1960s and '70s died on Nov. 24, 2005, after decades of alcohol abuse. He was 59. Best, one of the world's premiere soccer players later played for two seasons with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. While at United, Best was dubbed "the fifth Beatle" for his long hair and good looks and his playboy lifestyle. At age 27, he was sacked by United for excessive drinking and persistent failure to attend training sessions and matches. A favorite anecdote often told by Best summed up his life: A bellboy entered his hotel room with breakfast in the early 1970s. Seeing Best lying in bed with a reigning beauty queen, a magnum of champagne and several thousand pounds of cash won from a night's gambling on the floor, the bellboy exclaimed, "George, where did it all go wrong?"