David Ogden Stiers and Roger Bannister!

Actor David Ogden Stiers and track legend Roger Bannister collectively snubbed the Oscars ceremony last night, beating it out the door Saturday at the ages of 75 and 88, respectively! Stiers is probably best remembered for his role as Maj. Charles Winchester on the later seasons of M*A*S*H, for which he picked up two Emmy nominations, or for his voice work as Cogsworth in 1991’s Beauty and the Beast, but appeared in many movies and TV shows over his five decade career, including THX 1138, The Cheap Detective, Mighty Aphrodite, a lot of Perry Mason movies, and further Disney voice work in Pocahontas, Lilo & Stitch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and more.

Bannister never finished higher than fourth at an Olympics, but his place in history was secure when he became the first person to run a sub-4 minute mile, in 1954. More surprising, he didn’t much train for this record, his primary focus being a med student. So for 46 glorious days in the late spring of ’54, Bannister was the fastest man in the world. He was the first recipient of Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsman of the Year award for this feat, and was knighted in 1975. In the years since, the world record for the mile was broken a number of times, but has only gotten down to 3.43 minutes, by Hicham El Guerrouj in 1999.

And Munchak picks up a third big death already this year, closing a fair amount on Sarah’s huge lead, and giving himself a lot of breathing room in that silver medal position with long time team member Stiers. Capone nabs a second here in the early going, taking over the lead in the Crystal! Well done, guys!

Replacement picks due by next Monday!


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