On the Trail of Next

The list is small -- Babe, Pele, Ali, MJ -- and all the greater for it. Who will join them? Cal Fussman circles the globe to find tomorrow before it arrives.

Updated: May 12, 2003, 12:18 PM ET
By By Cal Fussman
They say tomorrow comes before you know it. But can you know tomorrow before it comes?

Somewhere in the world there's a kid who won't be the next Babe, the next Pele, the next Ali or the next MJ. This kid will not be the next anyone. He or she will offer something we've never seen, and by doing so will continue the roll call begun with the first four.

I had a crazy idea: I wanted to find that kid.