Hall of Fame: World Boxing
Esteban de Jesus was a Puerto Rican boxer who hit his peak in the 1970s and finished his career with a 58-5 record. Unfortunately, he couldn't continue building upon that because he went to prison around Thanksgiving 1980 after shooting a 17-year-old in the head during a cocaine-fueled traffic dispute. While in prison he excelled at baseball and became a three-time selection to ther Puerto Rican penal all-star team, a squad topped in notoriety by only the 1986 New York Mets.
After eight years (and an alleged born-again Christian conversion, along with contraction of AIDS) de Jesus was pardoned. He died a month later, at the age of 37.