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The Master List

The 50 greatest sports figures of the century from each of the 50 states

ALABAMA

1. Hank Aaron — Alltime home run king

2. Willie Mays — Baseball's 'Say Hey Kid'

3. Bo Jackson — NFL All-Pro and baseball All-Star

4. Ozzie Newsome — Browns' titanic tight end

5. Willie McCovey — NL MVP in 1969

6. Satchel Paige — Ageless pitching great

7. John Hannah — Best offensive lineman ever?

8. Bart Starr — Leader of Lombardi's dynasty

9. Charles Barkley — Auburn great became NBA great

10. Early Wynn — 1959 Cy Young winner

11. Buck Buchanan — Chiefs' star defensive tackle

12. John Stallworth — Steelers' greatest wideout

13. Ken Stabler — All-state in football and hoops in HS

14. Joe Sewell — 114 strikeouts in 7,132 at bats

15. Shug Jordan — Auburn's winningest coach

16. Lee Roy Jordan — Anchor of Doomsday Defense

17. Maxie Baughan — Named to nine Pro Bowls

18. Joe Cribbs — Auburn's third-leading rusher

19. Bobby Bowden — Built Florida State football

20. Davey Allison — NASCAR's 1987 rookie of the year

21. Jennifer Chandler — Diving gold in 1976

22. Billy Williams — 13 straight 20-homer seasons

23. Harvey Glance — Sprinter on three Olympic teams

24. Sanders Russell — 1,243 harness-racing victories

25. Percy Beard Silver — in hurdles at 1932 Olympics

26. Bobby Marlow — All-America halfback at 'Bama

27. Mel Allen — Voice of the New York Yankees

28. Howard Hill — Won 196 straight archery events

29. Fred Sington — Football, baseball star at 'Bama

30. Sam Byrd — New York Yankee turned pro golfer

31. Hubert Green — 19 PGA Tour victories

32. Charley Boswell — Blind golfer won 16 U.S. titles

33. Robert Brazile — Oilers' star linebacker in 1970s

34. Pat Sullivan — Auburn's first Heisman winner

35. Heinie Manush — Hit .330 over 17 seasons

36. Johnny Mack Brown — 'Bama Rose Bowl hero

37. Harry Gilmer — Triple-threat QB at Alabama

38. Jo Ann Prentice — Six wins on LPGA tour

39. Dixie Walker — Lifetime .306 hitter

40. Johnny Musso — Tide's third alltime rusher

41. Riggs Stephenson — Hit .336 over 14 seasons

42. Leah Marie Rawls Atkins — Waterskiing champ

43. Vince Dooley — Georgia coach won national title

44. Piper Davis — Globetrotter and Negro leagues star

45. Jeff Beard — Auburn AD from 1951 to '72

46. Zeke Smith — 1958 Outland Trophy winner

47. Andrew Toney — Two-time NBA All-Star

48. James Phillips — End on Auburn's 1957 title team

49. Rudy York — 277 home runs over 13 seasons

50. Ben Chapman — Yankees speed demon in 1930s

ALASKA

1. Trajan Langdon — Put state on national hoops map

2. Tommy Moe — Won 1994 Olympic downhill

3. George Attla — Famed dog trainer, sprint musher

4. Hilary Lindh — Downhiller was three-time Olympian

5. Susan Butcher — Four Iditarod victories

6. David Morris — Holds U.S. marathon record

7. Roxy Wright Champaine — Great sprint musher

8. Mark Schlereth — Winner of three Super Bowls

9. Don Clary — All-America cross-country runner

10. Brit Jacobson — Basketball and track champ

11. Rick Swenson — A record five Iditarod titles

12. Libby Riddles — First woman to win Iditarod

13. Tony Turner — Twice all-state in basketball

14. Reggie Tongue — Four years with the K.C. Chiefs

15. Rocky Klever — First Alaskan in the NFL

16. Molly Tuter — High school hoops standout

17. Brandon Drumm — Nine TDs in high school game

18. Joe Reddington Sr. — Founder of the Iditarod

19. Steve MacSwain — HS hockey scoring champ

20. Mike Vania — Collegiate wrestling All-America

21. Scott Gomez — Devils rookie one of NHL's best

22. Shane Bonham — Colts defensive end

23. Brian Swanson — Colorado College hockey star

24. Marshall Boze — First Alaskan in majors, in 1995

25. Wilbur Hooks — Four state sprint titles in 1997

26. Nina Kemppel — Olympic cross-country skier

27. Carlos Boozer — Followed Langdon to Duke

28. Megen Gerety — Two U.S. downhill titles in 1990s

29. Seth Spidahl — Pacific Lutheran soccer standout

30. Kris Thorsness — Rower won gold in 1984

31. Judy Rabinowitz — U.S. cross-country ski champ

32. Tom Neville — NFL guard from 1986 to '92

33. Doug Herron — State HS record for 800 meters

34. DeeDee Jonrowe — Mushed in 16 Iditarods

35. Jim Hajdukovich — UA-Anchorage hoops star

36. Vern Tejas — Climbed Mount McKinley solo

37. Butch Lincoln — Eskimo basketball star

38. Jeanie Hebert — Career assist leader at Miami

39. Jeff King — Three-time Iditarod champ

40. Matt Mattson — 106-1 record as HS wrestler

41. John Brown — Four state hoops titles, 1964 to '68

42. Jason Kaiser — 1,363 points at UA-Anchorage

43. Megan Irvine — Four-year volleyballer at Duke

44. Bill Spencer — Won eight Mount Marathon races

45. Mao Tosi — Played hoops and football at Idaho

46. Tom Roth — Cal State-Bakersfield swimming star

47. Leisa Wissler — Ohio State volleyball standout

48. David Kilpatrick — Linebacker at Washington

49. Dewey Skan — Amateur basketball star

50. Tony Reed — Twice HS hoops player of the year

ARIZONA

1. Jim Palmer — Three-time Cy Young winner

2. Charlie Hickcox — Swam to four medals in 1968

3. Curley Culp — Star defensive lineman and wrestler

4. Michele Mitchell Nine-time U.S. diving champ

5. Ty Murray Six world rodeo titles

6. Randall McDaniel All-America guard at ASU

7. Sean Elliott Left Arizona as Pac-10's top scorer

8. Danny White College football Hall of Famer

9. Louis Tewanima Silver in 1912 Olympic 10,000

10. Bob Baffert Leading horse trainer last three years

11. Curt Schilling 319 strikeouts for Phils in 1997

12. Marilyn Ramenofsky-Wingfield Swimming champ

13. Michael Carbajal 48-4 career boxing record

14. John Denny Cy Young winner in 1983

15. Lafayette (Fat) Lever Two-time NBA All-Star

16. Kerri Strug Clinched gymnastics gold in 1996

17. Jim Grabb Two singles, 20 ATP doubles titles

18. Jon Cole Three-time Olympic weightlifter

19. Jerry Colangelo Suns, Diamondbacks owner

20. Wilford White NCAA rushing leader in 1950

21. Mike Pagel NFL vet, played baseball at ASU too

22. Dwayne Evans Sprinter took bronze in Montreal

23. Darren Woodson Four-time All-Pro with Cowboys

24. Tom Pagnozzi 1992 All-Star catcher with Cards

25. Win Young Diver landed bronze in Mexico City

26. Fred Carr Packers 'backer was Super Bowl MVP

27. Michael Bates Olympic sprinter and NFL All-Pro

28. Rodney Peete Drafted by Lions and A's

29. Danny Villa ASU alum played 12 years in NFL

30. Jimmy Bryan 1958 Indy 500 champion

31. Hank Leiber All-Star outfielder in 1938, '40, '41

32. Mossy Cade HS track and football All-America

33. Patsy Willard Diver won bronze at 1964 Olympics

34. Cecil Mulleneaux First Arizonan in NFL, in 1932

35. Carl Mulleneaux Three-sport star at Utah State

36. Bob Horner NL Rookie of the Year in 1978

37. Billy Mayfair Five wins in 11 years on PGA Tour

38. Keith Russell Diving demon in late 1960s and '70s

39. Louie Espinoza Junior featherweight champ

40. Mike Bibby Led Arizona to 1997 NCAA hoops title

41. Billy Hatcher Hit .750 for Reds in 1990 Series

42. Ron Hassey 86 RBIs for 1974 Sun Devils

43. Howard Twitty 24 years on the PGA Tour

44. Mark Alarie Basketball All-America at Duke

45. Gilbert (Gib) Dawson Star HS back in 1940s

46. Vance Johnson One of Broncos' Three Amigos

47. Byron Evans Eagles linebacker for eight years

48. Alex Kellner 20-12 as rookie with A's in 1949

49. Eddie Urbano Twice All-America wrestler at ASU

50. Rob Waldrop Won Outland Trophy in 1993

ARKANSAS

1. Paul (Bear) Bryant Four states could claim him

2. Sonny Liston Heavyweight was 50-4-0 as pro

3. Bill Dickey Soul of Yankees in 1930s and '40s

4. Scottie Pippen One of the NBA's alltime top 50

5. Brooks Robinson 16 Gold Gloves at the hot corner

6. Dizzy Dean Ace of the Gas House Gang

7. Sidney Moncrief Five-time NBA All-Star

8. Don Hutson Possibly the best receiver ever

9. Barry Switzer Champion coach in college and NFL

10. George Kell Lifetime .306 hitter

11. Frank Broyles 144 wins as Arkansas grid coach

12. Nolan Richardson Led Hogs to 1994 hoops title

13. Bill Carr 400-meter gold at 1932 Olympics

14. Jerry Jones Arkansas alum made good

15. John McDonnell 34 NCAA titles as track coach

16. Hazel Walker Hoops star from 1933 to '65

17. Johnny Sain 24 wins for Braves in 1948

18. John Daly PGA title in 1991, British Open in '95

19. Bobby Mitchell Hurdler became NFL star

20. Joan Crawford AAU All-America in basketball

21. Willie Davis Anchor of Packers' defensive line

22. Ken Hatfield Twice led nation in punt returns

23. Mark Martin 17 seasons on NASCAR circuit

24. Corliss Williamson Star of Hogs' 1994 title team

25. Travis Jackson Hit over .300 six times for Giants

26. Wilson Matthews Coached 10 HS football champs

27. Ron Brewer Triplet played eight years in NBA

28. Fred Williams Defensive tackle in four Pro Bowls

29. Bettye Fiscus Razorbacks' first female hoops star

30. Clyde (Smackover) Scott 1940s multisport star

31. Reece (Goose) Tatum Harlem Globetrotter

32. Don Kessinger Six-time NL All-Star with Cubs

33. Cliff Harris Five Super Bowls, five Pro Bowls

34. Paul Runyan PGA winner in 1934 and '38

35. Dan Hampton All-America defensive tackle

36. Eddie Hamm Set world long jump record in 1928

37. Paul (Daffy) Dean Won 19 in Cards' 1934 title year

38. Caldwell Jones 14 seasons in the NBA

39. Jim Benton Led NCAA in receptions in 1937

40. Earl Bell Bronze in pole vault at 1984 Olympics

41. Dutch Harrison Won 18 PGA tournaments

42. Keith Jackson Tight end played in five Pro Bowls

43. Thomas Freeman Welterweight was 155-18-12

44. Billy Ray Smith Sr. Stellar defensive lineman

45. Ken Kavanaugh Scored on 50 of 162 receptions

46. Wear Schoonover All-America at end in 1929

47. Elijah Pitts Won five titles with Green Bay

48. Marvin Delph Third Triplet led Hogs in scoring

49. Monte Coleman LB with three Super Bowl rings

50. Amber Nicholas Stalwart Arkansas point guard

CALIFORNIA

1. Joe DiMaggio 56 games...three-time MVP...

2. Jackie Robinson Changed baseball forever

3. Bill Russell Five-time NBA MVP, center of Celtics

4. Mark Spitz Seven world records in Munich

5. Ted Williams Best hitter (and fisherman) ever

6. Pete Sampras 12 Grand Slam singles titles

7. Tony Gwynn Eight batting titles, 3,067 hits

8. John Elway Winningest QB in NFL history

9. Pete Rozelle Built NFL into cultural force

10. Marcus Allen 1981 Heisman winner from USC

11. Duke Snider Dodgers' seven-time All-Star

12. Anthony Munoz Perennial All-Pro with Bengals

13. Tiger Woods 15 PGA Tour wins in four years

14. Jack Kramer They even named a racket after him

15. Greg LeMond Won Tour de France three times

16. Helen Wills Moody 19 Grand Slam titles

17. Bob Mathias 1948 and '52 decathlon champ

18. Barry Bonds 400 homers and 400 steals

19. Billie Jean King Helped ignite the tennis boom

20. Florence Griffith Joyner Three golds in Seoul

21. Greg Louganis Swept diving gold in 1984 and '88

22. Mark McGwire 70 home runs in 1998

23. Bill Walton Thrice college player of the year

24. Rafer Johnson Took decathlon gold in Rome

25. Frank Gifford All-America at USC, NFL MVP

26. Tom Seaver 311 wins, three Cy Young Awards

27. Peggy Fleming Figure skating champ, 1966 to '68

28. Don Budge Grand Slam winner in 1938

29. Frank Robinson Won MVP in both leagues

30. Don Drysdale 582/3 scoreless innings in 1958

31. Gino Marchetti 10 Pro Bowls with Colts

32. Cheryl Miller Led high school to 132-4 record

33. Norm van Brocklin NFL passing leader three times

34. Jim Hines First to run 100 meters under 10 seconds

35. Joe Morgan Second baseman was twice MVP

36. Glenn Davis Doc's partner won 1946 Heisman

37. Pancho Gonzales Twice U.S. tennis champ

38. O.J. Simpson Ran for 2,003 yards in 1973

39. Maureen Connolly Grand Slam winner in 1953

40. Willie Shoemaker Won 11 Triple Crown races

41. Bob Lemon Five 20-win seasons for Indians

42. Janet Evans Three swimming golds in Seoul

43. Karch Kiraly Greatest volleyball player ever

44. Tommie Smith Set seven sprint world marks

45. Mickey Wright Won 82 women's pro golf titles

46. Dennis Eckersley 150 wins and 300 saves

47. Bob Waterfield NFL MVP in 1945 and '50

48. Rickey Henderson Alltime steals leader

49. Matt Biondi 11 swimming medals in three Olympics

50. Eddie Mathews 512 home runs from 1952 to '68

COLORADO

1. Jack Dempsey Heavyweight champ, 1919 to '26

2. Byron (Whizzer) White Running back supreme

3. Amy Van Dyken Four swimming medals in Atlanta

4. Glenn Morris Decathlon champ at 1936 Olympics

5. Hale Irwin Star defensive back turned golf great

6. Jack Christiansen Twice NFL interception leader

7. Ed (Dutch) Clark Rushed for 763 yards in 1934

8. Pat Day Ridden winners in eight Triple Crown races

9. Eddie Eagan Winter and summer gold medalist

10. Rich (Goose) Gossage Eight-time All-Star

11. Dave Logan Buffaloes alum drafted in three sports

12. Dick Anderson Nine years in Dolphins defense

13. Joe Romig Two-way lineman was Rhodes scholar

14. Tom Chambers 18.1 average in 16 years in NBA

15. Bobby Anderson Colorado All-America tailback

16. Hayes Alan Jenkins Figure skating gold in 1956

17. David Jenkins Figure skating gold in 1960

18. Steve Jones 1996 U.S. Open golf champion

19. Scott Wedman Straight shooter with K.C. Kings

20. Tony Boselli Three-time All-Pro with Jaguars

21. Phyllis Lockwood Basketball and tennis star

22. William Thayer Tutt Brought USOC to Colorado

23. John Stearns Four-time All-Star as Mets catcher

24. Bill Marolt Ski coach now CEO of U.S. Ski

25. Don Cockroft Consistent kicker for Browns

26. Wallace (Buddy) Werner Top U.S. skier

27. Chauncey Billups Onetime Buffalo now Nugget

28. Danny Jackson 23-8 for Reds in 1988

29. Barney McLean Captain of U.S. ski team in 1948

30. Dale Douglass Won 1986 U.S. Senior Open

31. Young Corbett II Featherweight champ, 1901 to '02

32. Bridget Turner Colorado hoops star, 1985 to '87

33. Pat Porter Eight-time U.S. cross-country champ

34. Thurman (Fum) McGraw All-America tackle

35. Charles Bresnahan 16 letters at Colorado State

36. Joel Steed Steelers nosetackle since 1993

37. Davis Phinney Bronze in 1984 Olympic cycling

38. Tom Rouen Colorado, CSU, Broncos punter

39. Irv Brown Reffed in six Final Fours

40. Bruce Ford Five titles as bareback-bronc rider

41. Chuck Darling 1956 Olympic hoops gold medalist

42. Tippy Martinez 115 saves in the majors

43. Eddie Dove All-NFL in 1961 as 49er

44. Bob Howsam G.M. of Big Red Machine

45. Greg Myers Colorado State star defensive back

46. Adam Berry National high jump champ in 1941

47. Art Unger Three-sport letterman at Colorado

48. Cullen Bryant Colorado DB became NFL RB

49. Gordy Wren Alpine and Nordic Olympian in 1948

50. Greeley Timothy 16 dropkicks in one HS game

CONNECTICUT

1. Bruce Jenner Won decathlon at 1976 Olympics

2. Steve Young Top-rated passer in NFL history

3. Calvin Murphy NBA season free throw record

4. Kristine Lilly World Cup-winning midfielder

5. Chris Drury Little League phenom, NHL rookie star

6. Bill Rodgers Leading marathoner of 1970s

7. Willie Pep Featherweight champ (229-11-1)

8. Floyd Little Five Pro Bowls with Broncos

9. Bobby Valentine Three-time football all-stater

10. Dorothy Hamill Skating queen at 1976 Olympics

11. Brian Leetch Rangers' high-scoring defenseman

12. Jeff Bagwell 1994 National League MVP

13. Vin Baker Four-time NBA All-Star

14. Joan Joyce Flame-throwing softball pitcher

15. Jim Murray Century's preeminent sportswriter

16. Jen Rizzotti UConn's career assists leader

17. Mo Vaughn American League MVP in 1995

18. Walter Camp College football patriarch

19. Marlon Starling Welterweight champion

20. Lindy Remigino Two sprint golds at 1952 Games

21. Marcus Camby Second pick in 1998 NBA draft

22. Nykesha Sales UConn's alltime leading scorer

23. Julius Boros Won 18 PGA tournaments

24. Bill Toomey Olympic decathlon gold in 1968

25. Mike Gminski Duke's alltime leading rebounder

26. Walt Dropo AL Rookie of the Year in 1950

27. Andy Robustelli Giants' Pro Bowl defensive end

28. Steve Blass World Series MVP in 1971

29. Michael Adams 13-year NBA shooting guard

30. Moe Drabowsky 0.90 ERA in three World Series

31. Henry Williams First Minnesota football coach

32. Charles Nagy Five straight 15-win seasons

33. Jimmy Piersall Gold Glove centerfielder

34. Nick Tronsky Dominant duckpin bowler

35. Rico Brogna Phillies run-producing first baseman

36. Sidney Wood Fixture in tennis's Top 10

37. Charles Smith Big East hoops player of the year

38. A.J. Mleczko Won gold with 1998 hockey team

39. Rick Mahorn Had 19-year NBA career

40. J. Walter Kennedy NBA's second commissioner

41. George Weiss Architect of Yankees dynasty

42. Chris Smith UConn men's career scoring leader

43. Scott Burrell First-rounder in baseball, basketball

44. Rob Dibble Overpowering Reds closer

45. Eugene Robinson Active NFL interceptions leader

46. John Bagley Cavaliers' first-round pick in 1982

47. Albie Booth Yale football star from 1929 to '31

48. Ken Strong Retired in 1947 as NFL's leading scorer

49. John Williamson Won two ABA titles with Nets

50. Bill Romanowski Has four Super Bowl rings

DELAWARE

1. Randy White Nine Pro Bowls with Cowboys

2. Judy Johnson Negro leagues star in 1930s

3. Delino DeShields 393 steals in 10 seasons

4. Harold (Tubby) Raymond Delaware grid coach

5. Victor Willis Eight-time 20-game winner

6. Margaret Osborne DuPont Wimbledon champ

7. Val Whiting Hoops All-America at Stanford

8. Steve Watson Broncos All-Pro receiver

9. Vicki Huber Eight-time NCAA track champion

10. Mike Hall Won five world powerlifting titles

11. Dave Nelson Delaware football coach in 1950s

12. Ed (Porky) Oliver Eight PGA Tour wins

13. Dallas Green Managed Phillies to World Series win

14. Frank Masley Three-time Olympian in luge

15. Dionna Harris Won Olympic softball gold in 1996

16. William McGowan AL umpire from 1925 to '54

17. Audie Kujula Showalter Delaware softball star

18. Creighton Miller Notre Dame All-America halfback

19. Franklin Shakespeare Won Olympic rowing gold

20. Dave May Major league outfielder for 12 years

21. Ron Waller Rams All-Pro running back in 1955

22. Ed Michaels Villanova's best offensive lineman

23. Jimmy Caras Four-time world pool champion

24. Vic Zwolak Twice NCAA steeplechase champion

25. Bill Bruton Led NL in steals three times

26. Terence Stansbury First Delawarean in NBA

27. Conway Hayman All-America offensive guard

28. George Schollenberger HS football coach

29. Chris Short Won 17 games for 1964 Phillies

30. Tim Wilson Spent six years as Oilers running back

31. Derrick May Hit .271 in 10 major league seasons

32. John Wockenfuss Tigers' catcher and outfielder

33. Lou Brooks Won more than 100 amateur fights

34. Jamie Duncan Vandy All-America, Bucs linebacker

35. Rosemary Y. Miller Eight state trapshooting titles

36. Madge Vosters Squash star in 1940s and '50s

37. Laron Profit Maryland hoops star, Wizards guard

38. R.R.M. (Bob) Carpenter Phils owner, 1943 to '72

39. John Wilcutts 1,755 wins as harness-racing driver

40. Mary Ann Hitchens Delaware field hockey coach

41. Luke Petitgout Star lineman at Notre Dame

42. Rita Justice Top 10 bowler in 1960s and '70s

43. Bill Collick Delaware State football coach

44. Dave Tiberi Ranked middleweight

45. Dexter Boney Thrice a basketball all-stater

46. Patsy Hahn State's best female junior golfer

47. Lennell Shepherd Junior weightlifting champ

48. Milton Roberts Delaware lacrosse cofounder

49. Arthur Redden Won Pan Am Games boxing gold

50. Spencer Dunkley Delaware center from 1989 to '93