There's a difference between loyalty to the home team--athletes
imported to play for our local colleges and pro franchises--and
the deep emotional bond we share with hometown heroes, the local
legends we knew back when. They are the boys and girls from next
door, or the next town. We watched them grow up, watched them
play when it was still play. Unfortunately, these luminaries are
almost inevitably dispersed because of sport's mercenary nature,
lured away by scholarships or contracts. Well, we're bringing
'em all back home for the millennium--not necessarily to where
they were born, but to where they first showed flashes of the
greatness to come. Thus, Broadway Joe is in Pennsylvania, not
Alabama or New York; and the Mailman is in Louisiana, not Utah.
The result: the top 50 from your state and, on the following
pages, a list of those from all 50 states. In short, the
ultimate home teams.
Valley High graduate has won four Cy Young Awards and appeared in
four World Series; 221 career wins in 14 big league seasons (1986
One of five men to win all four tennis Grand Slam singles
events; currently world's top-ranked player.
Third baseman has 334 homers and 1,050 RBIs over 13 seasons;
owner of four Gold Gloves; led NL with 43 homers in 1994.
Won at least one PBA title for 12 years (1966 to '77); two-time
BWAA bowler of the year.
All-America quarterback at Bishop Gorman High; passed for 5,236
yards and 42 TDs at Nebraska; All-America in 1974.
Lionel (Train) Hollins
Averaged 17.0 points in two seasons at Arizona State;
All-America in 1975; 10 seasons in NBA; made All-Rookie team in
Weber State's alltime leading rusher; averaged 153.1 yards per
game as a senior in 1967; two-time All-Big Sky Conference.
Marion Jones Farquhar
First Far Westerner to win national lawn tennis title (1899);
first U.S. woman at Wimbledon (1900).
Was 7-1 with an 0.68 ERA at Valley High in 1978; has played with
11 teams in 19 years in bigs.
Won two state baseball titles at Rancho High; major league
infielder from 1982 to '91; ALCS MVP in 1986 with Red Sox.
Bonanza High back once ran for 236 yards, four TDs on eight
carries against Henderson; as Falcon, led NFC with 1,719 yards in
Point guard on UNLV's 1990 NCAA championship team; Rebels'
alltime assists and steals leader.
As president of Las Vegas Sports Consultants (1982 to '99) set
betting line for sports books.
NCAA heptathlon champ in 1984; holds UNLV marks in heptathlon
points, shot put and javelin.
NCAA 147-pound boxing champ at Nevada in 1960; has refereed more
than 100 world title fights; disqualified Mike Tyson for biting
Evander Holyfield in '97.
Threw four no-hitters at Douglas High; Giants lefthander was 1997
All-Star (19-5, 3.18 ERA).
All-America in football and wrestling at West High; alltime
leading rusher at Nevada; gained 526 yards with Raiders in 1983.
Former member of U.S. Marines boxing team has been one of sport's
top referees since 1982.
Former Brian Williams was center on 1997 NBA champion Bulls;
averaged 15.8 points with Clippers in 1995-96.
As PGA rookie in 1990, beat Mark Calcavecchia by four strokes to
win Tucson Open in first pro start; also won '90 Nestle
Nevada's winningest football coach guided Wolf Pack to 163-63-1
record between 1976 and '95; won '92 Big West title in first
Division I-A season.
Three-sport star at Carson City High set Big West career record
for pitching victories at UNLV; 47-45 in seven years with
All-State running back at Clark High; All-Big Ten at Iowa in
1990; three seasons with Raiders.
Bishop Gorman High star won AL Rookie of the Year award with
Twins in 1995.
Oddsmaker at powerful Churchill Downs sports book in 1960s, when
his line was known as the Las Vegas Line.
All-America guard at Valley High; UNLV's fourth-leading scorer
alltime (2,007 points from 1983 to '87).
Led Valley High to state title as a senior, hitting .485 with 13
home runs and 66 RBIs; Indians catcher was No. 2 pick in 1989
amateur draft by Braves.
Passed for 2,368 yards and 13 TDs with USFL's Pittsburgh Maulers
Four-time Nevada high school cross-country champ led Green Valley
High to 1999 state title, setting 5-km course record (18:51).
First woman to bowl consecutive 300 games.
G.M. of Triple A Las Vegas Stars has led movement to build $50
million spring training complex to attract major league team to
America's No. 1-ranked women's dart thrower; won four titles at
1998 North American Open.
Three-year pitcher at UTEP; won career-high seven games with 1991
Nevada player of the year as senior guard at Rancho High in
1994; helped lead Oklahoma to 1999 Sweet 16.
Two-time winner of the WIBC Championship was one of America's top
bowlers during 1950s and '60s.
San Diego State volleyball star from 1993 to '96 ranks fourth in
Aztecs history in kills and digs.
In 18-year career (1978 to '89, '91 to '98) coached Valley High
and Green Valley High baseball teams to 12 large-school titles.
Bowler teamed with Steve Nagy to win doubles title at 1952 ABC
Tournament with then record 1,453 series.
Coached underdog McGill High to 1948 state football title;
coached at Las Vegas High for 10 years; won four state titles.
Son of former Las Vegas coach Jerry; star point guard for Bishop
Gorman High; set many assist marks at UNLV from 1981 to '84.
Averaged 40.0 points and 8.7 assists as senior at Western High in
1993-94; played three years at TCU.
UNLV's second-leading alltime passer threw for 6,177 yards and
43 TDs in 1996 and '97.
World's No. 13-ranked bull rider was 1996 Professional Rodeo
Cowboy Association bull-riding rookie of the year.
Driver in SCORE and SODA off-road racing series placed second in
1996 SCORE Trophy-Truck Series.
Won four straight state golf titles at Bishop Gorman High from
1993 to '96; twice honorable mention All-America at Stanford.
Set NASCAR Southwest Series record with four straight victories
Bill (Wildcat) Morris
Starred on undefeated 1944 Las Vegas High football team that
never allowed consecutive first downs; late president of UNLV's
Executive director of Nevada Athletic Commission has overseen 185
world championship fights in state.
No. 5 in state as high school tennis player in 1990; won '94
Nevada state amateur golf title; qualified for PGA Tour in '98.
State high school basketball player of the year in 1990 (17.4
ppg, 8.3 apg); played at UNLV and St. Louis.
COLOR PHOTO: SIMON BRUTY #2 Andre Agassi