Friday Oct 20

General Sports

Written by Ben Pogany

Sometimes it's more than just a game.  Sport has the power to effect, and be effected by, the forces of history in ways that few other institutions can.  It can both incite and unite, change minds and inflame passions.  The following moments spilled over from the sports page to the front page, transcending the game to leave an indelible mark upon the course of history.

1)  Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, April 15, 1947----Dodgers owner Branch Rickey was looking for someone "with guts enough not to fight back." In that way, Jackie Robinson was the perfect person to break the color barrier: courageous, resilient, and perhaps most importantly, one hell of a ballplayer. America was fresh off victory in Europe, a society coming to terms with a changing identity and new, more prominent place in the world. For many, baseball seemed like the one constant to cling to, a haven existing outside of the changing times, symbolizing all that was right in American life. When a black man suddenly stepped up to the plate in one of America's most hallowed stadiums, in its biggest city, wearing the colors of one its most beloved teams, that haven seemed to be crumbling. Right away, Jackie became a lighting rod for vicious racially-motivated hostility, both from fans, opponents, and even some of his own teammates. Through it all, Jackie just continued to do what he knew best, play ball. His number 42 now adorns every major league stadium, retired to all players, a symbol of the shared impact he made not only on his sport, but on American life even to this day.

2)  Joe Louis vs Max Schmeling, June 22, 1938 ---- After beating Louis in 1936, German wunderkind Max Schmeling had ingratiated himself as Hitler's darling, a supposed paragon of Aryan superiority.  Two years later, Nazi fervor was at its peak and war was just over the horizon.  A rematch was scheduled that summer, taking on a world of meaning as a battle of both race and country in a preamble to the growing world conflict.  FDR himself chided "Joe, we need muscles like yours to beat Germany." The symbolism deepened as Schmeling's Nazi publicist announced that their prize money would go to build German tanks.  At Yankee Stadium, in front of over 70,000 spectators, the Brown Bomber resoundingly defeated Maximilian in just under 2 minutes to become a nationwide source of pride across racial lines.

3)  Massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympics, September 5, 1972 ----It was 4:30 AM on the night of September 5th, 1972, and the Israeli Olympic team were fast asleep in their apartments within Munich's Olympic Village after a night out. Suddenly, eight masked men burst in carrying assault rifles and grenades.  Despite putting up a fight, two Israelis were killed outright while nine others were taken hostage.  Claiming to represent the terrorist organization Black September, the kidnappers demanded the release and safe passage of over 200 predominately Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel.  Refusing to negotiate, the Israeli and German authorities instead pretended to provide the terrorists transport to Cairo, planning to ambush them during the plane boarding. However, the rescue attempt was badly botched, and when the dust settled, 11 Israelis, 1 German, and 5 of the terrorists lay dead.

4)  Magic Johnson Announces that he's HIV positive, November 7, 1991 ---- "Because of the...the HIV virus that I have attained, I will have to retire from the Lakers...today." AIDS had finally thrust itself into the public consciousness in a way we could no longer ignore.  Previously cast aside as a disease exclusive to homosexuals and junkies, America was now forced to accept that AIDS was everybody's problem.  If it could happen to Magic, an athlete just about as beloved as they came, then surely it could happen to anyone.

5)  The Rugby World Cup in South Africa, June 1995 ---- A year after Nelson Mandela had been elected president, effectively bringing an end to South African apartheid, the country was thrust onto the world stage as hosts of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.  In a country still bearing the scars of a divided populace, to non-whites the national Rugby team, the Springboks, represented oppression and prejudice.  Mandela recognized that if he could bring about a shared pride in the national team, it would go a long way towards uniting the country. Slowly, whites and blacks alike began to rally around the Springboks as they knocked off one team after the other to ultimately face New Zealand, a team considered to be nearly invincible, in the finals.  As Mandela sported the Springbok colors, captain François Pienaar propelled his team to an improbable victory, bringing South Africans of all races together in a scene that only months earlier had seemed unthinkable.

6)
Muhammad Ali refuses to serve in Vietnam War, April 28, 1967 ---- The most popular and recognizable sports figure of his era, Muhammad Ali put his reputation, and freedom, on the line when he refused to accept his induction into the armed forces.  Arguing that the Vietnam War conflicted with his Muslim beliefs, Ali famously remarked "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong ... They never called me nigger."  Upon his refusal, Ali was immediately arrested, stripped of his title, and made to forfeit his boxing license.  Two months later, a jury found him guilty of refusing induction, a crime that carried the possibility of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.  Through a series of appeals, the case made its way all the way up to the Supreme Court, where Ali was finally acquitted in Clay v. United States.
7) Colombian defender Andres Escobar scores an own goal in the 1994 World Cup, June 22, 1994 ---- "Our country's image was resting on our National team.  It was the banner we showed to the world,"  said Fernando Briito, Head of Intelligence for Colombian President Gaviria."  
Andres Escobar was the perfect centerpiece to that banner; handsome, innocent, and
beloved by all.
The 1994 World Cup was in many ways 
Colombia's coming out party, its national team arising from both relative obscurity internationally and drug-fueled chaos within.  Pablo Escobar had finally been taken down months earlier, and Colombia's people were desperate to create a national identity apart from its perception as the cocaine and crime capital of the world.
In an instant, the house of cards toppled.  Facing elimination against the United States, Andres slid to deflect a US cross only to have the ball wind up in the back of his own net, at once dashing Colombia's World Cup aspirations.  Just days later Andres was gunned down by his own countrymen, further cementing Colombia's seemingly inescapable image as a region ever tied to turmoil.  For more on this amazing story, check out the phenomenal documentary The Two Escobars by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

8)  Jack Johnson vs James Jeffries, July 4, 1910 ---- In the early 20th Century, Jack Johnson was the most well known African American on the planet, accumulating over 50 victories and capturing the World Heavyweight title in 1908 that had just a year earlier been off limits to blacks.  Racial outrage at this perceived injustice prompted a widespread call for a "Great White Hope" to take the title back for the white race.  One after the other fell to Johnson before the former undefeated heavyweight champion James Jeffries emerged from retirement, citing a feeling of obligation to "demonstrate that a white man is king of them all." So it was that on July 4, 1910, the match billed as "The Fight of the Century" took place in front of 20,000 people in Reno, Nevada.  Johnson pummeled Jeffries for 15 rounds before Jeffries' handlers called the fight, hoping to avoid the impending knockout that would further humiliate the supposed "Great White Hope." The outcome sparked riots across the country as black revelers clashed with angry whites, ultimately leading to 25 deaths.

9)  "Blood in the Water" match between Hungary and the USSR, December 6, 1956 ---- 1956 was drawing to a close, and while Hungarian athletes were off competing in the Melbourne summer games, back home their countrymen were still reeling from the devastating carnage of a failed revolution against the Soviet occupation.  When the Hungarian water polo team met the USSR in a hotly-contested semifinal match, it goes without saying that there was no love lost between the two bitter rivals.  Over the course of a brutally physical bout, the Hungarian nationals mounted a 4-0 lead.  Finally, the frenzy reached its breaking point when Soviet Valentin Prokopov struck Hungarian captain Ervin Zador, opening a bloody gash that immediately set off the Hungarian-dominated crowd into a near riot.  A victorious Hungary would go on beat Yugoslavia in the finals to win Olympic gold, restoring some semblance of dignity to an embattled nation.

10)  Pat Tillman leaves football to fight in Iraq, 2002 ---- A promising defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, Pat Tillman would forgo a $3.6 million contract to instead serve his country. He took part in the initial invasion of Iraq before being deployed to Afghanistan, where on April 22, 2004, he was killed by friendly fire.  What followed was a cover-up that rose to the highest ranks of the military, as authorities scrambled to protect public perception of the war effort by purporting that Pat had died heroically as a result of enemy fire. Congressional inquiries would later prove that superiors had warned witnesses not to divulge the true nature of his death, ultimately contributing further to the growing distrust of government and anti-war sentiment.

--------------Honorable Mentions--------------
----Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics, August 1936
----The Miracle On Ice, February 22, 1980
----Tommy Smith and John Carlos give black power salute atop Olympic medal stand, October 16, 1968
----Len Bias dies of cocaine overdose, June 19, 1986
----All-black Texas Western defeats all-white Kentucky (including a young Pat Riley) in the 1966 NCAA men's basketball final, March 19, 1966
----The Battle of the Sexes, Billie Jean King vs Bobbie Riggs, September 20, 1973

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Written by Ben Pogany

The criteria:
--Must have at least 2 professional teams of the big four sports. (Sorry San Antonio)
--Both past and present performance is considered, with greater weight given to the present.
--Though championships and sustained competitiveness are the greatest indicators used, fan dedication is also a factor.  For instance, though the Cubs never win squat, Chicago is a far greater baseball city than, say, Tampa Bay, which has had some recent success but still can't get fans in the stadium.
--For all intents and purposes, Toronto is being included as an "American" city.
--Boston still gets the Pats even though they're technically from New England.  Dido for the Minneapolis and the Wild and Dallas and the Rangers.  And the whole Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim thing--just no.  If you say you're of Anaheim, you're of Anaheim.   
--Four teams is better than three, and five is better than four.  Still, having less teams isn't a deal breaker.
--Overall championships reflect all championships enjoyed by respective cities, including both current, defunct, and relocated teams.  For instance, LA claims eleven of the Lakers' championships, while Minneapolis, their city of origin, claims five.  New York gets the Dodgers' one World Series in Brooklyn, and five for the Giants of the Polo Grounds.  Baltimore compiled four championships before they were robbed of the Colts, while Philly bolsters its overall tally with five World Series from the early 20th century Philadelphia Athletics.  Other considerations include the Boston Braves, Cleveland Rams, LA Rams, Chicago Cardinals, Cleveland Bulldogs, Washington Senators, Boston Redskins, Milwaukee Braves, St Louis Hawks, Seattle Supersonics, and Philadelphia Warriors.

  1. Boston (Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins) -- 10 championships since 2000 and 35 overall
  2. New York City (Yankees, Giants, Knicks, Rangers, Mets, Jets, Islanders, Nets) -- 4 championships since 2000 and 54 overall
  3. Chicago (Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, Bears, White Sox) -- 5 championships since 2000 and 29 overall
  4. Pittsburgh (Steelers, Pirates, Penguins) -- 5 championships since 2000 and 16 overall
  5. Los Angeles (Lakers, Dodgers, Clippers, Kings) -- 7 championships since 2000 and 20 overall
  6. Detroit (Tigers, Pistons, Lions, Red Wings) -- 3 championships since 2000 and 22 overall
  7. St. Louis (Cardinals, Rams, Blues) -- 2 championships since 2000 and 13 overall
  8. Cleveland (Browns, CavaliersIndians) -- 1 championship since 2000 and 13 overall
  9. Philadelphia (Phillies, Eagles, 76ers, Flyers) -- 1 championship since 2000 and 15 overall
  10. San Francisco (49ers, Giants) -- 3 championships since 2000 and 8 overall
  11. Dallas (Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, Stars) -- 1 championship since 2000 and 7 overall
  12. Miami (Dolphins, Heat, Marlins) -- 4 championships since 2000 and 7 overall
  13. Denver (Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche) -- 2 championships since 2000 and 5 overall
  14. Baltimore (Orioles, Ravens) -- 2 championships since 2000 and 9 overall
  15. Oakland (Warriors, Raiders, A's) -- 2 championships since 2000 and 9 overall
  16. Washington DC (Redskins, Capitals, Nationals, Wizards) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 6 overall
  17. Seattle (Seahawks, Mariners) -- 1 championship since 2000 and 2 overall
  18. Atlanta (Braves, Falcons, Hawks) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 1 overall
  19. Kansas City (Chiefs, Royals) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 3 overall
  20. Minneapolis (Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Wild) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 7 overall
  21. Phoenix (Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Suns, Coyotes) -- 1 championship since 2000 and 1 overall
  22. Toronto (Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 15 overall
  23. Anaheim (Angels, Ducks) -- 2 championships since 2000 and 2 overall
  24. New Orleans (Saints, Pelicans) -- 1 championship since 2000 and 1 overall
  25. Indianapolis (Colts, Pacers) -- 1 championship since 2000 and 1 overall
  26. Tampa Bay (Rays, Lightning, Buccaneers) -- 2 championships since 2000 and 2 overall
  27. Cincinnati (Reds, Bengals) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 5 overall
  28. Houston (Texans, Rockets, Astros) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 2 overall
  29. Milwaukee (Bucks, Brewers) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 2 overall
  30. Charlotte (Panthers, Bobcats) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 0 overall
  31. Buffalo (Bills, Sabres) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 0 overall
  32. San Diego (Chargers, Padres) -- 0 championships since 2000 and 0 overall
  33. Nashville (Titans, Predators) --  0 championships since 2000 and 0 overall
*teams in bold designate defending champs, italics for defending conference champs

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1) Sugar Ray Robinson (1940-1965) 
Middleweight, welterweight
Record: 175-19-6-2 (109 KOs)
World welterweight champion December 20, 1946 -- August 9, 1950
5-time World middleweight champion between 1951--1960
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1950
Defining Fight: St Valentine's Day Massacre vs. Jake LaMotta VI. February 14, 1951
2)  Henry Armstrong (1932-1945)
Featherweight, lightweight, welterweight
Record: 151-21-9 (101 KOs)
World featherweight champion October 29, 1937 -- September 12, 1938
World welterweight champion May 31, 1938 -- October 4, 1940
World lightweight champion August 17, 1938 -- August 22, 1939
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1940
Defining Fight:  vs. Lou Ambers. August 17, 1938
3)  Muhammad Ali (1960-1981)
Heavyweight
Record: 56-5 (37 KOs)
Gold medalist at 1960 Rome Olympics
Undisputed heavyweight champion February 25, 1964 -- September 19, 1964; February 6, 1967 -- April 28, 1967; October 30, 1974 -- February 15, 1978
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1965, 1974, 1975
Defining Fights: Thrilla in Manila v Joe Frazier III Oct 1, 1975
Rumble in the Jungle v George Foreman October 30, 1974
vs. Sonny Liston I. February 25, 1964
4)  Willie Pep (1940-1966)
Featherweight
Record: 230-11-1 (65 KOs)
World featherweight champion June 7, 1946 -- October 29, 1948; February 11, 1949 -- September 8, 1950
Defining Fights: vs. Sandy Saddler II. February 11, 1949
vs Chalky Wright I November 20, 1942
5)  Joe Louis (1934-1951)
Heavyweight
Record: 68-3 (54 KOs)
Undisputed heavyweight champion June 22, 1937 -- March 1, 1949
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1941
_vs. Billy Conn. June 18, 1941
_vs Max Schmeling II June 22, 1938
6)  Roberto Duran
(1968-2001)
Lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight
Record: 103-16 (69 KOs)
Undisputed lightweight champion January 21, 1978 -- January 1979
_vs. Sugar Ray Leonard I. June 20, 1980
_vs. Iran Barkley. February 24, 1989
7)  Sugar Ray Leonard (1977-1997)
Welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight
Record: 36-3-1 (25 KOs)
Gold medalist at 1976 Montreal Olympics
Undisputed welterweight champion September 16, 1981 -- February 15, 1982
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1976, 1979, 1981
_vs. Thomas Hearns I, September 16, 1981
_vs. Marvin Hagler. April 6, 1987
8)  Rocky Marciano (1947-1955)
Heavyweight
Record: 49-0 (43 KOs)
Undisputed heavyweight champion September 23, 1952 -- April 27, 1956
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1952
_vs. Jersey Joe Walcott. September 23, 1952
_vs. Ezzard Charles. September 17, 1954
9)  Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1996-Present)
Superfeatherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight
Record: 49-0 (26 KOs)
Bronze medalist at 1996 Atlanta Olympics
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 2007
10)  Archie Moore (1935-1963)
Light heavyweight, heavyweight
Record 183-23-10-1 (131 KOs)
Most knockouts in history
World light heavyweight champion December 17, 1952 -- October 1960
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1958
_vs. Yvon Durelle. December 10, 1958
11)  George Foreman (1969-1997)
Heavyweight
Record: 76-5 (68 KOs)
Gold medalist at 1968 Mexico City Olympics
Undisputed heavyweight champion January 22, 1973 -- October 30, 1974
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1973, 1994
_vs. Ron Lyle. January 24, 1976
12)  Julio César Chávez (1980-2005)
Super featherweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight
Record: 108-6-2 (87 KOs)
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1987
_vs. Meldrick Taylor I, March 17, 1990
13)  Ezzard Charles (1940-1959)
Middleweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight
Record: 96-25-1 (58 KOs)
Undisputed heavyweight champion September 27, 1950 -- July 18, 1951
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1949
14)  Marcel Cerdan (1934-1949)
Middleweight
Record: 111-4 (66 KOs)
World middleweight champion September 21, 1948 -- June 16, 1949
_vs Tony Zale September 21, 1948
15)  Marvin Hagler (1973-1987)
Middleweight
Record: 62-3-2 (52 KOs)
Undisputed middleweight champion September 27, 1980 -- June 6, 1987
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1983, 1985
16)  Rubén Olivares (1965-1988)
Bantamweight, featherweight
Record: 88-13-3 (78 KOs)
_vs. Chucho Castillo. April 18, 1970
17)  Manny Pacquiao (1995-Present)
Flyweight, super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight
Record: 57-6-2 (38 KOs)
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 2006, 2008, 2009
BWAA Fighter of the Decade: 2000's
Only boxer to ever win world titles in eight different weight classes
_vs Juan Manuel Marquez I. (Draw) May 8, 2004
18)  Sandy Saddler (1944-1957)
Featherweight, junior lightweight
Record: 144-16-2 (103 KOs)
World featherweight champion October 29, 1948 -- February 11, 1949; September 8, 1950 -- January 1957
19)  Pernell Whitaker
(1984-2001)
Lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight
Record: 40-4-1-1 (17 KOs)
Gold medalist at 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
Undisputed lightweight champion August 11, 1990 -- January 18, 1992
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1989, 1993
20)  Joe Frazier (1965-1981)
Heavyweight
Record: 32-4-1 (27 KOs)
Gold medalist at 1964 Tokyo Olympics
Undisputed heavyweight champion February 16, 1970 -- January 22, 1973
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1969, 1971, 1975
_Fight of the Century vs. Muhammad Ali. March 8, 1971
21)  Jake LaMotta (1941-1954)
Middleweight
Record: 83-19-4 (30 KOs)
World middleweight champion June 16, 1949 -- February 14, 1951
_vs. Laurent Dauthuille. September 13, 1950
22)  Emilie Griffith (1958-1977)
Welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight
Record: 85-24-2-1 (23 KOs)
Undisputed welterweight champion June 8, 1963 -- December 10, 1965
Undisputed middleweight champion September 29, 1967 -- March 4, 1968
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1963
23)  Eder Jofre (1957-1976)
Bantamweight, featherweight
Record: 72-2-4 (50 KOs)
World bantamweight champion November 18, 1960 -- April 4, 1963
24)  Carlos Monzón (1963-1977)
Middleweight
Record: 87-3-9-1 (59 KOs)
Undisputed middleweight champion November 7, 1970 -- February 9, 1974; June 26, 1976 -- July 30, 1977
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1972
_vs. Rodrigo Valdes. July 30, 1977
25)  Billy Conn (1935-1948)
Light heavyweight
Record: 64-12-1 (15 KOs)
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1939

26) Evander Holyfield (1984-2011)
Light heavyweight, cruiserweight, Heavyweight
Record: 44-10-2-1 (29 KOs)
Bronze medalist at 1984 Los Angeles games
Undisputed heavyweight champion October 25, 1990 -- November 13, 1992
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1990, 1996, 1997
_vs Dwight Muhammad Qawi July 12, 1986
_vs Mike Tyson I. November 9, 1996

27) Bernard Hopkins (1988-Present)
Middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight
Record: 55-7-2-2 (32 KOs)
Undisputed middleweight champion September 29, 2001 -- July 16, 2005
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 2001

28) Jose Napoles
(1958-1975)
Welterweight, middleweight
Record: 77-7 (54 KOs)
Undisputed welterweight champion April 18, 1969 -- December 3, 1970; June 4, 1971 -- May 1975

29) Tommy Hearns (1977-2006)
Welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight
Record: 61-5-1 (48 KOs)
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1980, 1984

30) Larry Holmes (1973-2002)
Heavyweight
Record: 69-6-0 (44 KOs)
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1978
_ vs. Ken Norton. June 9, 1978

31) Roy Jones Jr. (1989-Present)
Middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight, cruiserweight
Record: 61-8-0 (44 KOs)
Silver medalist at 1988 Seoul Olympics
Undisputed light heavyweight champion June 5, 1999 -- September 7, 2002
BWAA Fighter of the Decade: 1990's

32) Oscar De La Hoya (1992-2008)
Super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight, middleweight
Record: 39-6 (30 KOs)
Gold medalist at 1992 Barcelona Olympics
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1995

33) Alexis Argüello (1968-1995)
Featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight
Record: 80-8 (64 KOs)
_vs. Ruben Olivares. November 23, 1974

34) Mike Tyson (1985-2005)
Heavyweight
Record: 50-6-0-2 (44 KOs)
Undisputed heavyweight champion August 1 1987 -- February 11, 1990
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1986, 1988

35) Pascual Pérez (1952-1964)
Flyweight
Record: 84-7-1 (57 KOs)
Gold medalist at 1948 London Olympics
World flyweight champion November 26, 1954 -- April 16, 1960

36) Ike Williams (1940-1955)
Lightweight
Record: 128-24-5 (60 KOs)
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1948

37) Salvador Sánchez (1975-1982)
Bantamweight, featherweight
Record: 44-1-1 (32 KOs)

38) Kid Gavilán (1943-1958)
Welterweight
Record: 108-30-5 (28 KOs)
World welterweight champion May 18, 1951 -- August 29, 1951; February 4 1952 -- October 20, 1954
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1953

39) Dick Tiger (1952-1970)
Middleweight, light heavyweight
Record: 60-19-3 (27 KOs)
Undisputed middleweight champion August 10, 1963 -- December 12, 1963; October 21, 1965 -- April 25, 1966
Undisputed light heavyweight champion December 16, 1966 -- May 24, 1968
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1962, 1966

40) Carmen Basilio (1948-1961)
Welterweight, middleweight
Record: 56-16-7 (27 KOs)
World welterweight champion June 10, 1955 -- March 14, 1956; September 12, 1956 -- February 22, 1957
World middleweight champion September 23, 1957 -- March 25, 1958
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1955, 1957
vs. Sugar Ray Robinson. September 23, 1957
vs. Johnny Saxton II. September 12, 1956

41) Aaron Pryor (1976-1990)
Light welterweight
Record: 39-1 (35 KOs)
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1982
_vs. Alexis Arguello I. November 12, 1982
_vs. Alexis Arguello II. September 9, 1983

42) Charley Burley (1936-1950)
Welterweight, middleweight
Record: 83-12-2-1 (50 KOs)

43) Fighting Harada (1960-1970)
Bantamweight
Record: 55-7-0 (22 KOs)
World flyweight champion October 10, 1962 -- January 12, 1963

44) Lennox Lewis (1989-2003)
Heavyweight
Record: 41-2-1 (32 KOs)
Gold medalist as 1988 Seoul Olympics
Undisputed heavyweight champion November 13, 1999 -- April 29, 2000
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1999

45) Marco Antonio Barrera (1989-2011)
Junior featherweight, featherweight, junior lightweight
Record: 67-7-0-1 (44 KOs)
_vs. Érik Morales III. November 27, 2004

46) Érik Morales (1993-2012)
Super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight
Record: 52-9 (36 KOs)
_vs. Marco Antonio Barrera I. February 19, 2000
_vs. Paulie Ayala. November 16, 2002

47) Manuel Ortiz (1938-1955)
Lightweight, featherweight, bantamweight
Record: 99-28-3 (53 KOs)
World bantamweight champion August 7, 1942 -- January 6, 1947; March 11, 1947 -- May 31, 1950

48) Michael Spinks (1977-1988)
Heavyweight, light heavyweight
Record: 31-1-0 (21 KOs)
Gold medalist at 1976 Montreal Olympics
Undisputed light heavyweight champion March 18, 1983 -- September 21 1985
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1976

49) Bob Foster (1961-1978)
Light heavyweight
Record: 56-8-1 (46 KOs)
Undisputed light heavyweight champion April 7, 1968 -- December 9, 1970; April 7, 1972 -- September 16, 1974
BWAA Fighter of the Year: 1968

50) Beau Jack (1940-1958)
Lightweight
Record: 88-24-5 (43 KOs)


Bubble: Carlos Zarate, Wilfredo Gomez, Miguel Canto, Wilfred Benitez, Sonny Liston
Written by Ben Pogany
  1. The Mannings (Archie, Peyton and Eli) In the world of sports, the quarterback is king. In the world of quarterbacks, the Mannings reign supreme.  When you're a #2 pick, and #3 in your own family in terms of draft selection, you know you're dealing with one hell of a gene pool.  Bear Bryant once called Archie the best college quarterback he'd ever seen, a patron saint at Ole Miss and an all-time Saint in Louisiana.  Not bad pops, but where's the ring?  Peyton and Eli are each Super Bowl MVPs, the former one of the top three or four players to every throw the pigskin.  Love 'em or hate' em, there's just no arguing with success.
  2. The Hulls (Bobby, Dennis and Brett) The Golden Jet, Silver Jet, and Golden Brett. Only 18 players in the history of the NHL have scored more than 600 goals over the span of a career.  Only 16 of those are not name Hull.  Bobby and his son Brett were hockey royalty in their days, with slapshot prowess that is nearly unparalleled to this day.  Silver Jet Dennis would never land a spot in the Hall like his brother and nephew, but 303 career goals and five All-Star nods ain't too shabby either.
  3. The Williams (Serena and Venus) Serena and Venus have amassed a ridiculous 48 combined Grand Slams, a number that would no doubt be even higher were they not having to constantly face off against one another (they have met in 8 Slam finals, including 4 straight). Both rising to the rank of #1 over the past decade, the Williams sisters are in a league of their own when it comes to women's tennis in the 21st century.
  4. The Gracies (Helio, Carlos, Royce, Rorion, Rickson, Rolls,....) The Gracies aren’t just a great sports family, they’re a certifiable dynasty.  Brothers Helio and Carlos are regarded to be the creators of modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and on top of imparting this revolutionary martial arts style to the world, their tutelage created a virtual army of fighting Gracies. Carlos’ offspring alone included 13 children who rose to the rank of black belt. Among Helio’s numerous sons were the acclaimed Rickson, Relson, Royler, Royce, and Rorion. Rorion co-founded UFC and Royce helped bring it to the masses, winning three out of the first four UFC tournaments to go down as one of the most influential and dominant fighters in MMA history. All in all over 60 Gracies have achieved prominence in the field of mixed martial arts.
  5. The Sutters (Brian, Daryl, Duane, Rich, Ron, Brent, Brandon, and Brett) The six Sutter brothers played over 5000 combined games and captured six Stanley Cups throughout the 70's and 80's. Brent's son Brandon and Daryl's son Brett are currently members of the Carolina Hurricanes.
  6. The Howes (Gordie, Mark, Marty, and Vic) Nicknamed Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe is of course regarded as one of the greatest hockey players to ever pick up a stick. However, his son Mark resides with him in the Hall, a prolific two-way defenseman who spent 16 years with the Whalers, Flyers, and Red Wings. Gordie's other son Marty and brother Vic also had significant careers in professional hockey.
  7. The Richards (Maurice and Henri) The first player to ever reach 500 goals, Maurice "Rocket" Richard was the heart of the Canadiens dynasty of the 40's and 50's, winning 8 Stanley Cups in that span. Henri "Pocket Rocket," 15 years Maurice's junior, would eventually join his brother in the Hall after 20 years of service to Montreal.
  8. The Dimaggios (Joe, Dom, and Vince) Joltin Joe's 56-game hit streak may be one of the most celebrated records in all of sports, but not many know that little brother Dom had a nifty little streak of his own, 34 games in 1949, which remains a Red Sox record. Along with Vince, the three brothers combined for 22 All-Star appearances over 34 years of service.
  9. The Waners (Paul and Lloyd) Nicknamed "Big and Little Poison," the Waner brothers patrolled the Pirates' outfield during much of the 20's and 30's. Paul would collect over 3,100 hits despite playing many of his games hungover. According to Casey Stengel, "he had to be a very graceful player, because he could slide without breaking the bottle on his hip." Both Waners would wind up in the Hall of Fame, boasting the most combined career hits by brothers with 5,611.
  10. The Espositos (Phil and Tony) A ten-time All-Star, Phil was one of the best centers to ever play the game, winning two Stanley Cups with the Bruins before retiring with 717 goals.  Tony was a long time Blackhawk who revolutionized the goalie position with his development of the butterfly style, joining his brother in the Hall of Fame in 1988.
  11. The Sharpes (Shannon and Sterling) Sterling was a 6-time All-Pro wideout who brought in 65 touchdowns before a neck injury cut his career short, only two years before his Packers won the title in '96.  Luckily for him, his brother Shannon bequeathed his first of three rings to his big bro.  Shannon would go on to appear in 8 Pro Bowls and become the era's greatest tight end outside of Tony Gonzalez
  12. The Matthews (Clay Sr, Bruce, Clay Jr, Clay III, Kevin, Jake and Casey) Stay with me here because running down the exploits of the Matthews clan is enough to make your head spin.  While Bruce might be the greatest offensive lineman of all-time, his brother Clay Jr was a four-time Pro-Bowler who played linebacker into his forties. Clay Jr's son Clay III is a defensive force for the Packers who has the potential to join his uncle in the Hall, while his other son Casey was an Oregon linebacker who you might remember forced a key fourth quarter fumble in the national championship game against Auburn and was just signed as an undrafted free agent by the Eagles. Bruce's son Jake is promising offensive tackle at Texas A&M and his other son Kevin is a young center for the Tennessee Titans. And of course there's Clay Sr, patriarch of the Matthews clan, who played four seasons for the Niners in the early fifties.
  13. The Barrys (Rick and sons Scooter, John, Brent, and Drew) NBA legend Rick Barry had four sons who all ascended to the ranks of professional basketball.
  14. The Klitschkos (Wladamir and Vitali) When it comes to the heavyweight division nowadays, there are the Klitschko brothers, and then there's everyone else.  The Ukranian man-beasts are positively unrivaled over the last generation, combining for a record of 104-5 with 88 knockouts.  Vitali is the current WBC heavyweight champion, while Wlad holds the WBA Super, IBF, WBO Super, and IBO crowns.
  15. The Alous/Rojas (Felipe, Matty, Jesus, Moises, Mel Rojas, and Mel Rojas Jr) Brothers Felipe, Matty, and Jesus combined to form the first and only all-brother outfield for the mid-60's Giants. A generation later, Felipe's son Moises would outdo them all en route to six All-Star appearances and two Silver Slugger awards. Even Felipe's nephew Mel had a solid decade-long pitching career that spanned the 1990's and Mel Jr is carrying the family into a third generation with his recent selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2010 draft.
  16. The Deans (Dizzy and Paul) In 1934, Dizzy famously proclaimed "Me an' Paul are gunna win 45 games." They would win 49, with Dizzy contributing a mind-boggling 30. That same year, the duo would go on to win two games apiece in the World Series for the Cardinals' "Gashouse Gang", combining for 28 strikeouts and a 1.43 ERA to overtake the Tigers in seven.  Sadly, both brothers had their careers cut short by injury, but though Dizzy had only four healthy years in the Show, his overwhelming dominance was enough to get a ticket to the Hall in 1953.
  17. The Millers (Reggie, Cheryl, and Darrell) We all know Reggie as one of the greatest pure shooters of the past generation, but sister Cheryl could give him a run for his money. A three-time Naismith college player of the year, she led her Trojans to two championships and owns just about every record in USC's books. When Reggie got his Hall of Fame bid in 2012, he joined his sister whose likeness has resided in Springfield for over fifteen years.  Even more, the third Miller child Darrell spent four years at catcher and outfield with the California Angels.
  18. The Mazzolas (Valentino, Sandro, and Ferruccio) Legends of Italian soccer, Valentino and his son Sandro were two of the most complete midfielders of the first half of the 20th Century. Between them, they would lead their respective teams to a combined 8 league-titles.
  19. The Browners (Ross, Jim, Joey, Keith, Keith Jr and Ross' son Max Starks) Joey was a 6-time Pro Bowl strong safety for the Vikings who was named to the 1980 All-Decade team. Brother Ross was a two-time All-American for Notre Dame who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and played 11 seasons in the NFL at defensive end. His son Max is currently a offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers who has contributed to their two recent Super Bowl victories. Keith had an four year stint in the NFL and his son Keith Jr is following in his father's footsteps at defensive end, currently with the Houston Texans.
  20. The Perrys (Gaylord, Jim, and Chris) Hall of Fame hurler Gaylord was said to have approached Vaseline about doing an endorsement due to his widely known habit of doctoring baseballs. In fact, Gene Tenace, long time catcher of the prolific pitcher, once remarked that at times he would have to walk the ball back to the mound as it was so greasy he couldn't even through it back. Still, a Hall bid was hard to deny, as Gaylord accumulated 314 wins and 3,534 strikeouts over his 22 year career. Brother Jim won a Cy Young and 215 games in his 17-year career while Jim's son Chris was a successful golfer on the PGA tour.
  21. The Bonds (Bobby and Barry) Only two players in MLB history have gone 30 and 30 five or more times. One is named Barry Bonds. The other is his father.
  22. The Niekros (Phil, Joe, and Lance) Masters at the art of the knuckleball, Phil and Joe's 539 combined wins makes for the most successful brother combination in baseball history. Joe's son Lance also spent limited time with the Giants as a first baseman.
  23. The Geoffrions (Howie Morenz, Bernie, Dan, and Blake) The first four-generation NHL family.  Patriarch Howie Morenz was a three-time league MVP, an original inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and named by the Canadian Press the best ice hocey player of the first half of the 20th century.  Morenz was the father-in-law of Boom Boom Geoffrion, an 11-time all-star credited by many as being the inventor or at the very least an early innovator of the slap shot. His son Dan played five seasons of professional hockey before siring Blake Geoffrion, who currently plays for the Canadiens, as well as Sebastian and Brice, both hockey players at Alabama Huntsville.
  24. The Barbers (Tiki and Ronde) Tiki was the football version of Nomar Garciaparra, a top notch player who for whatever reason prevented his team from winning a championship until immediately after his exit. However maligned, with 10,000+ rushing and 5000+ receiving yards (one of three in NFL history alongside Marcus Allen and Marshall Faulk), his place in the Giants pantheon is indisputable. Lining up on the other side of the ball was identical twin, Ronde, who accomplished quite the combo of his own as the only player in NFL history with 25+ sacks and 40 interceptions over a career.
  25. The Griffeys (George Kenneth Sr, Ken Jr, and Craig) Ken Sr was an integral member of Cincinnati Big Red Machine, hitting .336 in 1976 en route to their second title in as many years. Fourteen years later, he would sign with the Seattle Mariners, joining his son who had a year earlier been called up from the minors. On September 14th, 1990, the father-son tandem would hit back-to-back home runs in a moment right out of a Disney movie. Junior would of course blossom into one of the greatest, most exciting players of his era. Younger brother Craig even played in the Mariners farm system, but never made it to the big leagues.
  26. The Laudrups (Brian and Michael) Soccer siblings for the ages, Brian collected a record four Danish Footballer of the Year Awards from 1989-1997 while his brother piled up four straight La Liga championships with Barcelona en route to being named the greatest Danish player of all time by the Danish Football Association in 2006.
  27. The Alomars (Sandy, Roberto, and Sandy Jr.) Roberto just entered the Hall as one of the greatest second baseman of all-time.  A tough act to measure up to, Sandy Jr still held his own, winning Rookie of the Year and going to six All-Star games as a catcher. Their father Sandy Sr was a mediocre hitter best known for his defense at second base and subsequent coaching career. Sandy had the pleasure of coaching his two sons on the 1989 Padres.
  28. The Nevilles (Gary, Phil, Tracy and Neville) Yes, you read that right.  The Patriarch of the Neville clan is indeed named Neville Neville, and was a well known cricketer in the 1980's.  Gary and Phil played together on Man U for over a decade, winning 6 Premier League titles (Gary would win two more after Phil departed to captain Everton).  They concurrently compiled a combined 144 caps with the English national team.  Moreover, their sister Tracy was a long serving netball player for England, compiling 74 caps in her own right.
  29. The Spinks (Michael, Leon, Cory, Leon Calvin, and Darrell) Michael went undefeated in his first 31 professional fights to become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, and later the heavyweight champion with his defeat of Larry Holmes. Mike's only loss would be his final fight, a knockout by the surging Mike Tyson in 1988. He is enshrined in both the International and World Boxing Hall of Fames. His brother "Neon Leon" is best known for upsetting Muhammad Ali to become the WBC/WBA heavyweight champion of the world in 1978. Born just five days later, Leon's son Cory would go on to become the undisputed Welterweight Champion in 2003. Two other sons, Leon Calvin and Darrell, also had brief professional careers.
  30. The Bells (Gus, Buddy, David, Mike) A rare three-generation baseball family. Grandfather Gus was a four-time All-Star currently enshrined in the Reds' Hall of Fame, while his son Buddy racked up 2,514 hits and six Gold Gloves with the Rangers. Son David had a solid 11 year career at third base for six different teams while his brother Mike was the black sheep of the family, appearing on the 2007 Mitchell report despite only managing to hit a mere two career dingers in his less-than-illustrious 1-year professional career
  31. The Alis (Muhammad, Laila, Rudy, and Ibn) Muhammad is of course the greatest heavyweight of all time.  However, his daughter Laila is gunning to be the greatest female, boasting a 24-0 record with 21 knockouts. Muhammad's brother Rudy also found success as a professional heavyweight, as did Rudy's son Ibn.
  32. The Nessers (Al, Frank, Fred, John, Phil, Ray and Ted) The seven Nesser brothers composed the most famous football family in the country in the early 1900s, all playing for a Columbus Panhandles team that would eventually contribute to the formation of the modern day NFL. Legendary Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne once said of them, "Getting hit by a Nesser brother is like falling off a moving train."
  33. The Martinezes (Pedro and Ramon) A dominant force in his day, Pedro put up mesmerizing numbers during a time when steroid-use was wreaking havoc on ERAs everywhere. However, ever in the shadow of his younger brother, Ramon was one of the more underrated hurlers of the early 90's, eventually boasting a 135-88 career record with a 3.67 ERA.
  34. The McEnroes (John and Patrick) Brothers John and Patrick won a combined 192 tennis titles and each ascended to at least a top three doubles ranking.
  35. The Bryans (Dan and Mike) Together, the Bryan twins have won 11 Grand Slam tennis titles, spending over 200 weeks ranked at #1 to be named the doubles team of the decade for 2000-2009.
  36. The Fielders (Cecil and Prince) The Fielders are the only father-son combination to each hit 50 home runs in a season.
  37. The Johnsons (Jimmy, Rafer, and Jennifer) Rafer won Olympic gold as a decathlete at the 1960 Rome games. Brother Jimmy is a Pro Football Hall of Famer who played 16 seasons with the 49ers. Rafer's daughter Jennifer won silver at the 1999 Beach Volleyball World Championship in Marseille.
  38. The Maldinis (Cesare and Paolo) Renowned for their service to AC Milan, they are one of three father-son pairs to have each hoisted a European Cup/Champions League trophy.  In 1998, the Italian World Cup squad was both coached and captained by a Maldini.
  39. The Sislers (George, Dave and Dick) A titan in his day, "Gentleman George" Sisler hit a ridiculous .420 in 1922 en route to 2,812 career hits and a career .340 AVG. Despite a mediocre seven-year career, son Dick would go down in history for hitting a 10th-inning walk-off home run that would help win his Phillies their first pennant in 35 years. His younger brother Dave was once deemed "Yankee Killer" for going 5-0 against them in a 4-year stint as a reliever for the Boston Red Sox in the late fifties.
  40. The Delahantys (Ed, Jim, Joe, Frank, and Tom) Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty was known as one of the great power hitters of the late 1800's (of course this meant leading the league with 13 home runs, but still...) His four brothers also had stints in the majors.
  41. The Rivers (Doc, uncle Jim Brewer, cousins Ken Singleton and Byron Irvin, and children Austin, Jeremiah, and Callie) Before capturing banner #17 as coach of the Celtics, Doc played point alongside Dominique Wilkins, where he would average nearly 11 points and 6 assists a game. Jim and Byron served nine and three years respectively in the NBA, and Doc's cousin Ken Singleton spent the majority of his career playing right field for the Orioles, where he would go to three All-Star games and win a World Series in 1983. Doc's son Austin may prove to outdo them all, recently selected with the 10th pick by the New Orleans Hornets after a stellar career at Duke. Jeremiah played hoops for Georgetown while Callie is thought to be one of the best college volleyball players in the country.
  42. The Ripkens (Cal, Cal Jr, Billy) Cal Sr spent 36 years in the Orioles organization as manager, base coach, player, and scout.  Like Papa Alomar, he coached his two sons in 1987, the first father to ever do so.  Though Billy had a largely unremarkable career, Cal Jr's was about as remarkable as they come, starting an unfathomable 2,632 consecutive games and going to all but 2 All-Star games in his 21-year career.
  43. The Sedins (Henrik and Daniel) After Vancouver secured both the 2nd and 3rd overall picks in the 1999 NHL draft, they scooped up the Sedin duo, who would bring them five division titles over the past decade  The Swedish identical twins won gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics and are 1st and 4th in all-time points for the Canucks.
  44. The Mayweathers (Floyd Sr, Roger, Jeff, and Floyd Jr) Floyd Sr's two brothers each won professional featherweight titles, while he himself was a welterweight contender for much of the 70's and 80's. His training was of course integral to the development of the undefeated, eight-time world title winning prima donna Floyd Jr.
  45. The Chavezes (Julio Cesar, Julio Jr, and Omar) A prolific Mexican boxing family. Julio Cesar Chavez was a six-time world champion across three weight divisions over a 25 year career, widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters ever at his peak in the 1980’s. Julio retired holding the record for most title fight victories with 31 and the longest undefeated streak in boxing history at 13 years, accumulating an astounding 89 wins before taking his first loss in 1994. Julio planted the boxing seed in his two sons Omar and Julio Jr at an early age, ceremonially inviting them into the ring before each of his fights. Sure enough, both have followed in their father's footsteps with resounding success, undefeated in a combined 72 contests with Julio Jr currently holding the WBC Middleweight championship belt.
  46. The Van Arsdales (Dick and Tom) Identical twins Dick and Tom Van Arsdale had nearly as identical basketball careers. Both played hoops at Indiana, both played on the NBA All-Rookie team in 1966, both were 3-time All-Stars, and both retired in 1977 after 12 years in the league.
  47. The Bibbys (Henry, Mike, and Jim) Henry and his son Mike Bibby each had careers in the NBA while Henry's brother Jim won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.
  48. The Robinsons (Jackie and Mack) Though we all are well-versed in the illustrious career of Jackie Robinson, brother Mack had his own feat of courageousness, competing in the historic, racially-charged 1936 Berlin Olympics and capturing silver in the men's 200 meters by finishing .4 seconds behind Jesse Owens.
  49. The Uptons (BJ and Justin) Selected #1 and #2 respectively, Justin and big bro BJ are the highest drafted siblings in baseball history. Now teammates in Atlanta, the jury is still out on just how good these two will get.
  50. The Molinas (Bengie, Jose, and Yadier) The only three brothers in MLB history to each win a World Series.

Honorable Mentions:
The Haistons (Sam, Jerry, Johnny, Jerry Jr, and Scott) The Hairstons hold the modern day record with five family members to play at the major league level.
The Gasols (Pau & Marc)
The Longs (Howie, Chris, and Kyle)
The Halls (Gary Sr and Jr)

The Bryants (Joe and Kobe) Father of Kobe, Joe Bryant was selected in the first round of the 1975 draft, going on to score over 5,000 points in 8 seasons in the NBA and spend seven years dominating the hardwood in Italy.
The Niedermeyers (Rob and Scott and cousin Jason Strudwick)
The Boones (Ray, Bob, Aaron, and Bret) The first family to send three generations of players to the MLB All-Star game.
The Grieses (Bob and Brian) Bob was Hall of Fame Quarterback for the Miami Dolphins who won two Super Bowls including the legendary undefeated '72 season. Brian is a former Rose Bowl MVP, Super Bowl Champ, and 1-time Pro Bowler.
The Hamms (Paul and Morgan) Twins brothers who each medaled in Olympic gymnastics.
The Madduxes (Greg and Mike) Mike was a journeyman pitcher who played 15 years in the bigs, a career vastly overshadowed by the magnificence of brother Greg, an unparalleled control pitcher who at one point would capture four consecutive Cy Young awards during which he would post a mind-boggling 1.98 ERA.
The Charletons (Jack and Bobby)
The Tatupus (Mosi and Lofa) A former classmate of President Obama at Punahou high school, Mosi made a name for himself as a special teams wizard for the New England Patriots, where he was named to both the 1970s and 1980s Patriots All-Decade teams.  His son Lofa was a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Bretts (George, Ken, Bobby and John) Ken played 14 years for 10 different teams, and most notably remains to this day the youngest player to ever pitch in a World Series, coming into game 4 of the 1967 Fall Classic at 19 years and 3 weeks.  Brothers Bobby and John played minor league ball while George of course was a 13-time All-Star, first-ballot Hall of Fame third baseman who is one of four players in MLB history to finish with 3000 hits, 300 home runs, and a .300 average.
The Mahres (Steve and Phil)

Billie Jean Moffitt King and Randy Moffitt While tennis great Billie Jean is known as one of the pioneering female athletes of her time, few know that her younger brother Randy made a living as a Major League reliever, compiling 96 saves with the Giants, Astros, and Blue Jays.
The Williams (Dominique and Gerald)
The Golics (Mike and Bob) Both defensive tackles and Notre Dame alums, Mike spent nine mediocre years in the NFL while brother Bob was a three-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-American wrestler, and one-time RA on Saved By the Bell: The College Years.
The Jones (Thomas and Julius) Only brothers to each rush for 1000 yards in the same season (2006).
The Leiters (Al and Mark) Mark had a mediocre 11-year career in the MLB posting a 4.57 ERA and 65 wins. Al was a 3-time champion, two-time All-Star who won 162 games and struck out over 1900 batters over an 18 year career.
The Baers (Max and Buddy) Though most recall Max Baer as the man upset by Jimmy Braddock in the movie Cinderella Man, both he and his brother Buddy are listed in Ring Magazine's top 100 punchers of all time.
The Bryans (Bob and Mike)
The Grants (Horace and Harvey)
The Stottlemyres (Mel, Mel Jr, and Todd)
With 3,158 K's, the Stottlemyres have collected the most strikeouts of any father-son combination.
The Hernandezes (Livan and Orlando)
The Schofield/Werths (Dick, Ducky, Jayson, Dennis, and Kim) Whatever this family lacks in athletic dominance, they make up for in financial dominance, as Jayson hit paydirt in 2011 with one of the most ridiculously lucrative contracts in baseball history.  Dicky, Duck, and Dennis each retired with sub-.230 career averages (Jayson's grandfather, uncle, and stepfather respectively), but 45 years of combined MLB service within one family is pretty hard to ignore.  Jayson's mother Kim competed at the Olympic trials in long jump and the 100m.
The Gronkowskis (Rob, Chris, and Dan)
The Wards (Daryl and Gary)
Marat Safin and Dinara Safina
The Wilsons (Mookie and Preston)
The Szczerbiaks (Walt and Wally)
Walt won 3 Euroleague titles with Real Madrid
The Winslows (Kellen and Kellen II)
The Hasselbecks (Matt, Tim and Don)
The Staals (Eric, Marc, Jordan, and Jared)
The Laroches (Adam, Andy and Dave)
The Motas (Manny, Andy, and Jose)
The Aarons (Hank and Tommie)
The Aarons hold the distinction of having hit the most combined home runs by a pair of brothers.  Tommie chipped in with 13.
The Noahs (Yannick and Joakim)
Santonio Holmes and Fred Taylor (Cousins)
The O'Bannions (Charles and Fred)
The Giles (Brian and Marcus)
The Matthews (Gary and Gary Jr)
The Baileys (Champ and Boss)
Old and Young Tom Morris
The Vicks (Michael and Marcus, Aaron Brooks is a cousin)
The Simms (Chris and Phil)
The Drews (JD, Stephen and Tim)
The Giambis (Jason and Jeremy)
The Weavers (Jered and Jeff)
The Lopezes (Robin and Brook)
The Younts (Robin and Larry)
Larry is the only player to be credited with pitching a game without actually facing a batter.  Summoned to pitch in the 9th inning of a 4-1 game against the Braves in 1971, Larry took several warm up tosses before elbow pain forced him to exit.  He would never return to a major league mound.
Written by Ben Pogany
Some say winning isn't everything.  And that's probably true; after all, there is that next big contract to consider.  But for these 35, winning wasn't just everything, for much of their careers it was the only thing.
  1. Bill Russell--2 college championships with the University of San Fran (which included a 55-game win streak at one point), an Olympic gold medal, and 11 NBA championships in 13 years.  Just insane.
  2. Michael Phelps--28 Olympic medals including 23 golds make Phelps the most decorated Olympian of all time.
  3. Rocky Marciano--Only heavyweight to retire undefeated at 49-0.  Not bad for a white guy from Brockton, MA.
  4. Jack Nicklaus--18 majors including 4 US Open wins, and 6 green jackets. with 73 PGA Tour wins overall.
  5. Tiger Woods--14 majors, 78 PGA tour wins, and 39 European tour wins.
  6. Yogi Berra- 10 World Series rings as a player and another 3 as a coach.
  7. Henri Richard--Nicknamed "The Pocket-Rocket" (I kid you not), Richard won 11 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens in his 20-year NHL career..
  8. Joe Dimaggio--9-time World Series champion and 1 Marylin Monroe.
  9. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-6-time NBA champion, 3-time college champ with UCLA (over which they went 88-2), and captain of a Power Memorial High School basketball team that won 71 straight games and 3 New York City Catholic championships.
  10. Roger Federer--18 Grand Slams and 89 career titles.
  11. Pele--Only soccer player to be a part of 3 World Cup-winning teams.  Pele also led his original club team, Santos, to 10 championships in the Campeonato Paulinista league.  And let us not forget his 1977 North American Soccer League championship with the New York Cosmos.
  12. Michael Jordan--6 championships in 8 years, 2 gold medals, and 1 NCAA championship with the Tarheels.
  13. Tom Brady- 5 Super Bowls, 2 league MVPs, 12 division titles and a quarterback high 208 regular + postseason victories.
  14. Pete Sampras--64 career titles including 14 Slams.
  15. Alexander Karelin--Though most remembered here in America for his stunning defeat at the hands of Rulon Gardner, "Alexander The Great" went undefeated in international Greco-Roman wrestling competition for thirteen years, the last six of which he didn't even give up a single point.
  16. Otto Graham-- Took the Cleveland Browns to the championship game in every one of the ten years he played, winning seven and going 105-17-4 over that span. He also won a championship playing professional hoops with the Rochester Royals.
  17. Martina Navratilova-- 167 singles and 177 doubles career titles (both records for men or women) Her singles career includes 9 Wimbledons and 4 US Opens.
  18. Lance Armstrong--He might be doper, but he's the winningest doper there ever was.
  19. Mickey Mantle--7 World Series rings in 12 years and a 1956 Triple Crown.
  20. Larissa Latynina--The Soviet gymnast has held the all-time Olympic medal record for nearly a half century with 18, including nine golds.
  21. Carl Lewis--9 Olympic golds and 8 world championship golds.  Side note: Lewis was drafted by both the NBA and NFL, though never played a game for either.
  22. Kelly Slater--The most decorated surfer of all time has won a record 11 ASP World Championships, his titles spanning an incredible eighteen years from age 20 to 38.
  23. Edwin Moses-- Won an astounding 122 consecutive races (107 finals), 2 Olympic golds, and 2 World Championship golds.
  24. Robert Horry--7-time NBA champion with 3 different teams.
  25. John Havlicek-- 8-time NBA champion and a NCAA title.
  26. Cael Sanderson-- Wrested to an incredible record of 159-0 with 4 consecutive NCAA titles for Iowa St before capturing gold in Athens 2004.
  27. Bill Dickey-- 8-time World Series Champ.
  28. Magic Johnson--5-time NBA champion, 1 gold medal, and enough money to makes AIDS his bitch.
  29. Bart Starr--5-time Super Bowl champion
  30. Joe Montana--4-time Super Bowl champion and an NCAA national title at Notre Dame.
  31. Lou Gehrig--6-time World Series champion and the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.
  32. Kobe Bryant--5-NBA championships (one more than Shaq) and 2 gold medals.
  33. Shaquille O'Neal--- 4-time NBA champion, 6 crappy albums and 11 crappy movies (see: Kazaam)   And he beat up Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya.
  34. Babe Ruth--7 World Series trophies with both the Sox and Yankees.
  35. Derek Jeter--5-time World Series champion.

Honorable Mentions: Mark Spitz, Terry Bradshaw, Paula Newby-Frasier, Bjorn Daehlie, Nikolai Andrianov, Sam Jones, Sean White, Bjorn Borg, Tom Heinsohn, Bob Cousy, Jimmy Conners, Ivan Lendi, Ben Hogan, Paavo Nurvi, Ole Einar Bjorndalen, Lidiya Skoblikova, Sam Snead, Walter Hagan, Lynn Swann, Andre Agassi, Bode Miller, Tony Hawk, Chris Evert, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, Mariano Rivera, Rafael Nadal, Edoardo Mangiarotti, Steffi Graff.

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1) Real Madrid (1902)- La Liga, Spain
Hardware: 33 La Liga titles, 12 Champions League titles, 19 Copa del Rey Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, and 3 Intercontinental Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 1
Greatest Players: Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raymond Kopa, Luís Figo, Emilio Butragueño, Amancio, Francisco Gento, Iker Casillas, Fernando Redondo, José Santamaría
2)Juventus (1897)- Serie A, Italy
Hardware: 31 Serie A titles, 2 Champions League Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 9 Coppa Italias.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 5
Greatest Players: Gianluigi Buffon, Gaetano Scirea, Roberto Baggio, Michel Platini, Dino Zoff, Paolo Rossi, Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane, Omar Sívori, Luis Monti, John Charles
3) AC Milan-(1899)- Serie A, Italy
Hardware: 18 Serie A titles, 7 Champions League titles, 3 Intercontinental cups, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 5 Coppa Italias, 5 UEFA Super Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 25
Greatest players: Marco van Basten, Franco Baresi, Kaká, Gianni Rivera, Ruud Gullit, Paolo Maldini, Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Marcel Desailly, Nils Liedholm, Frank Rijkaard, Rui Costa, Cafu, Gennaro Gattuso.
4) FC Barcelona-(1899)- La Liga, Spain
Hardware: 23 La Liga titles, 5 Champions League titles, 27 Copa del Rey Cups, 5 UEFA Super Cups, 2 FIFA Club World Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 3
Greatest Players: Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Xavi, Hristo Stoichkov, Andrés Iniesta, Luís Figo, Michael Laudrup, Samuel Eto'o, László Kubala, Ronald Koeman
5) Bayern Munich (1900)- Bundesliga, Germany
Hardware: 25 Bundesliga Championships, 5 Champions League titles, 1 UEFA Cup, and 2 Intercontinental Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 2
Greatest Players: Franz BeckenbauerLothar MatthäusGerd MüllerPaul BreitnerSepp MaierUli HoeneßMehmet SchollKarl-Heinz Rummenigge
6) Manchester United (1878)- Premier League, England
Hardware: 20 First Division/Premier League Titles, 3 Champions League titles, 11 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 15
Greatest Players: George Best, Bobby Charlton, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Nemanja Vidić, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Denis Law
7) Liverpool (1892)- Premier League, England
Hardware: 18 Premier League titles, 5 Champions League titles, 7 FA Cups, 7 League Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups and 3 UEFA Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 35
Greatest Players: Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Steven Garrard, Jamie Carragher, Ian Rush, Phil Neal, Ray Clemence
8) Inter (1908)- Serie A, Italy
Hardware: 18 Serie A Championships, 3 Champions League titles, 3 UEFA Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups and 7 Coppa Italias.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 31
Greatest Players: Guiseppe Meazza, Giacinto Facchetti, Tarcisio Burgnich, Sandro Mazzola, Luis Suárez Miramontes, Armando Picchi, Javier Zanetti,
9) Ajax (1900)- Eredivisie, Netherlands
Hardware:
33 Eredivisie Championships, 4 Champions League titles, 18 Dutch Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups and 1 UEFA Cup.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 26
Greatest Players: Johan Cruyff, Dennis Bergcamp, Johan Neeskans, Johnny Rep, Velibor Vasović, Frank Rijkaard, Arie Haan
10) Chelsea (1905)- Premier League, England
Hardware: 5 First Division/Premier League Titles, 1 Champions League title, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 7 FA Cups, and 4 League Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 10
Greatest Players: Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba

Honorable Mentions: Club Atlético River Plate (Argentina), Arsenal (England), Porto (Portugal), Boca Juniors (Argentina),
Rangers (Scotland), São Paulo (Brazil), Roma (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Parma (Italy), Benefica (Portugal), Celtic (Scotland).

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1) Montreal Canadiens- Established 1918.  24 Stanley Cups and 34 finals appearances
Last Cup: 1993  
Playoff Appearances: 82 (1st)
All-time Points %: .590 (1st)
Legends: Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur, Henri Richard, Patrick Roy.
2) Detroit Red Wings- Established 1926.  11 Stanley Cups and 24 finals appearances
Last Cup: 2008
Playoff Appearances: 64 (4th)
All-time Points %: .538 (6th)
Legends: Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio, Sid Abel, Terry Sawchuk.
3) Toronto Maple Leafs- Established 1918.  13 Stanley Cups and 21 finals appearances
Last Cup: 1967      
Playoff Appearances: 65 (3rd)
All-time Points %: .508 (19th)
Legends: Mats Sundin, Darryl Sittler, George Armstrong, Dave Keon, Tim Horton.
4) Boston Bruins- Established 1925.  6 Stanley Cups and 19 finals appearances
Last Cup: 2011
Playoff Appearances: 69 (2nd)
All-time Points %: .558 (3rd)
Legends: Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Phil Esposito, Cam Neely, Zdeno Chara.
5) Chicago Blackhawks- Established 1927.  6 Stanley Cups and 13 finals appearances
Last Cup: 2015  
Playoff Appearances: 61 (5th)
All-time Points %: .504 (21st)
Legends: Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall, Keith Magnuson, Stan Mikita.
6) Edmonton Oilers
- Established 1980.  5 Stanley Cups and 7 finals appearances
Last Cup: 1990 
Playoff Appearances: 20 (19th)
All-time Points %: .519 (14th)
Legends: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri.
7)  Pittsburgh Pirates- Established 1968.  5 Stanley Cups and 6 finals appearances
Last Cup: 2017
Playoff Appearances: 31 (10th)
All-time Points %: .512 (17th)
Legends: Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis, Sidney Crosby, Joe Mullen.
8) New York Rangers- Established 1927.  4 Stanley Cups and 11 finals appearances
Last Cup: 1994
Playoff Appearances: 58 (6th)
All-time Points %: .513 (16th)
Legends: Mark Messier, Rod Gilbert, Brian Leetch, Jean Ratelle, Mike Richter.
9) New York Islanders- Established 1973.  4 Stanley Cups and 5 finals appearances
Last Cup: 1983 
Playoff Appearances: 24 (tied for 16th)
All-time Points %: .508 (20th)
Legends: Pat LaFontaine, Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy.
10) New Jersey Devils- Established 1975.  3 Stanley Cups and 5 finals appearances
Last Cup: 2003
Playoff Appearances: 22 (18th)
All-time Points %: .491 (22nd)
Legends: Scott Stevens, Viacheslav Fetisov, Patrik Elias, John MacLean, Scott Niedermayer.
Written by Ben Pogany
  1. Jim Thorpe- His Indian name translates to Bright Path, and in every one of the countless paths Thorpe took over his legendary career, he shone with a brightness that few could match.  Gold medals in pentathlon and decathlon, Hall of Fame honors in both college and pro football, and stints playing professional baseball and basketball. Heck, Thorpe even won the 1912 inter-collegiate ballroom dancing championship.  We'll always be left to wonder how Thorpe would have fared among today's athletes, but with his unprecedented versatility and all-around dominance of his era, it's almost impossible to say he's anything but the number one multi-sport athlete of all time.

  2. Bo Jackson- Oh, what could have been.  A Heisman Trophy winner out of Auburn, Bo electrified NFL scouts right out of the gates by running an unheard of 4.12 40-yard dash at the combine.  Drafted by Tampa Bay as the first pick of the 1986 NFL Draft, Vincent Edward Jackson instead went to play for the Kansas City Royals and in doing so cost Tampa their rights to him.  Seeing his potential, Al Davis would subsequently re-draft Jackson despite the baseball career, signing him to a lucrative deal that allowed him to continue playing in the MLB while joining the Raiders in the offseason. Just 29 days into his NFL career, Bo exploded for an astonishing 221-yard rushing performance on Monday Night Football.  Tragically, barely four years later a hit by Kevin Walker in the 1990 playoffs ravaged his hip, effectively ending what was quickly proving to be one of the most promising careers in professional sports history.  Bo would struggle through another couple of years of baseball, but with his legendary speed gone, his days of dominance were clearly behind him.

  3. Babe Didrikson Zaharias- Though lacking the notoriety of her male namesake, BDZ is widely considered to be the greatest female athlete to ever walk the planet.  The female Bambino won gold medals in track and field, achieved All-American status as a basketball player, barnstormed with the local baseball team, and was even reported to bowl an average of 170.  Capping it all off was her legendary golf career, in which she positively dominated her peers to win every tournament in existence at the time including 10 LPGA majors and 82 tourneys overall.  Damn...

  4. Deion Sanders- Prime Time was a part time outfielder and an all-time cornerback, collecting rings for both the World Series and Superbowl.

  5. Jim Brown- In addition to being just about the greatest football player to ever step on the gridiron, Brown holds a place in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, scoring 43 goals in 10 games in his All-American senior season at Syracuse.

  6. Lionel Conacher- Though that name might not ring a bell to many Americans, Conacher was Mr. Canada in the early to mid 20th century.  Conacher won championships in hockey, baseball, boxing, wresting, and lacrosse.  (Sadly, his professional football efforts fell short of a title.)  He is a member of four different halls of fame and even won a seat on the House of Commons after he hung up the cleats, skates, and gloves.
  7. Bob Hayes- Before Hayes was a Hall of Fame receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he was winning gold medals in Tokyo as a world record-holding sprinter.  As a result, he is the only person who can wear a Super Bowl ring on his finger and Olympic gold around his neck without going on Ebay.

  8. Charlie Ward- Ward entered the public consciousness in 1993, quarterbacking his Florida St Seminoles to a national championship and along the way capturing just about every honor a collegiate football player can win, including, of course, the Heisman.  Though not even playing baseball in college, he was drafted as a pitcher by the Milwaukee Brewers.  Upset that he wasn't taken in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft, Ward instead opted to go play for the New York Knicks, who had selected him 26th in the NBA Draft of the same year. Ward played 11 years in the NBA before being forced to retire due to injuries in 2005.

  9. Otto Graham- Arguably the greatest quarterback to ever strap on a pair of cleats, Otto would go on to win 11 championships in 11 years, 10 with the Cleveland Browns and another with the Rochester Royals of the National Basketball League.

  10. Gene Conley- While Deion is the only person to have won both a World Series and a Super Bowl, Conley can boast being the only person to win a World Series and an NBA Championship.  Conley pitched 11 seasons in the MLB, compiling 91 wins and a 3.82 ERA for four different clubs.  He also concurrently played in the NBA for six seasons, racking up three championships with the Russell-led Celtics.

  11. Dave Winfield- Playing hoops for the Minnesota Golden Gophers (for which he would help lead to a conference title), his coach Bill Musselman later called Winfield the greatest rebounder he'd ever coached, quite a distinction considering Musselman would coach for over thirty years, nearly half of which time would be on the professional level. Drafted by all four major professional sports leagues, Winfield earned his stripes in baseball, appearing in 12 All-Star games and capturing 7 Gold Gloves.  He ended his career a member of both the prestigious 3000-hit club, and the even more prestigious Baseball Hall of Fame.

  12. Hobey Baker-A pioneering amateur athlete of the early 20th Century until his untimely death in a plane crash at just 26, Baker had since been honored by both the College Football and Hockey Hall of Fames, the only person to ever do so.

  13. Danny Ainge- Long before he ran operations for the Celtics, Danny dominated the high school sports world, and is still the only person to win first team All-American honors in basketball, baseball, and football. Ainge was drafted out of college by the Toronto Blue Jays, and kicked things off with a bang, where he would hit his first home run at 20 years, 77 days, a record that survives to this day as the youngest Jay to go yard. After a mediocre three years in Toronto, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1981, where he would contribute to two championships.  Over a fourteen year NBA career, Ainge finished with an impressive 11,964 points and 4,199 assists.
  14. Herschel Walker- A physical specimen even at the ripe old age of 50, Herschel recently made waves in the MMA community, putting his 5th-degree black belt in Taekwondo to use by clobbering his first two opponents in Strikeforce. More importantly, the former Heisman Trophy winner currently holds the NFL's eighth spot for total combined yards, though had he not spent the early part of his career in the ill-fated USFL, he may very well have finished #1.  Herschel was even a member of the 1992 Olympic bobsled team (seriously), with which he finished seventh.

  15. Dick Groat- Best known for his prolific career as an MVP shortstop, in which he accumulated two rings and over 2000 hits, Groat began his athletic career as a Collegiate Hall of Fame guard at Duke.  A two-time All-American, his #10 jersey would be the first ever retired by the school.  Groat was drafted 3rd overall by the Pistons, but he would play only one year in the NBA before being called away to military service.  When he returned home, he opted to pick up the bat instead and the rest is history.

  16. Brian Jordan- Jordan spent two years as an NFL safety for the Atlanta Falcons before jumping to baseball, where he would go on to become a solid contributor to the Cardinals, Braves, Dodgers and Rangers en route to 184 career home runs and a .282 AVG.

  17. Chuck Conners- Our third Celtic on this list is probably best known for playing the lead man on the 1960's hit western series The Rifleman.  However, Conners found time early on to play for both the Celtics and Dodgers, and was even drafted by the Chicago Bears.
  18. Clara Hughes- Clara won Olympic golds in both speed skating and cycling.

  19. Dave Debusschere- Debusschere pitched a year for the Chicago White Sox (finishing with a 2.90 ERA) before becoming an 8-time All-Star, 2-time champion, Hall of Fame power forward for the Pistons and Knicks.

  20. Stephen Neal- Though best known as a three-time champion guard for the New England Patriots, Neal compiled quite the resume as an amateur wrestler, including posting a 151-10 record at Cal St Bakersfield (in which he won his second title victory against now UFC villain Brock Lesner).  He would go on to win both a Pan American Championship and a World Championship en route to being named the best wrestler in the world in 1999.

  21. Dave Logan- Logan was drafted by the NBA, MLB, and NFL before embarking on a successful 9-year career at wideout for the Browns and Broncos.
  22. Wilt Chamberlain- Perhaps the world leader in ass-tappage, the Stilt is enshrined in both the basketball and volleyball halls of fame.

  23. Jackie Robinson- The Dodger revolutionary graduated UCLA as the first person in school history to letter in four sports (baseball, basketball, football, and track and field). Jackie would play professional football in the Pacific Coast League before his momentous entrance into Major League Baseball in 1947.

  24. DJ Dozier- Dozier played five seasons as running back in the NFL before jumping over to the Mets for a single season in 1992.

  25. Willie Gault- An 11-year receiver for the Bears and Raiders, Gault was also a member of the Olympic track and bobsled teams that boycotted the 1980 Moscow games.

 

------------------------------------------Honorable Mentions:-------------------------------------------
Joe Mauer- Named the national high school player of the year in both baseball and football before ultimately claiming a cool $184 million contract to catch for the Twins. Tim Duncan (record-setting competitive swimmer in his native Virgin Islands before becoming one of the most celebrated power forwards of all time)Antonio Gates- (one of the greatest tight ends of past last decade, Antonio first made headlines by taking his Kent State Golden Flashes to the Elite Eight in 2002), Allen Iverson (named top basketball and football player in Virginia as a high school junior), Michael Jordan (minor league baseball player for the Birmingham Barons and even found time to play a little basketball for some team called the Bulls), Hakeem Olajuwon (soccer and basketball), Mark Hendrickson (basketball and baseball), Nathaniel Clifton (played baseball in the Negro leagues before becoming the first black athlete to win an NBA contract), Scott Burrell (first athlete to ever be drafted in the first round in both the NBA and MLB), Ron Reed (baseball and basketball), Steve Hamilton (baseball and basketball), John Elway (originally played minor league ball for the Yankees and Royals), Dan Marino (drafted by Kansas City Royals), Cotton Nash (baseball and basketball), Ed "Too Tall" Jones (took a brief hiatus from the NFL to enter professional boxing, compiling a record of 6-0 including the knockout of future heavyweight champ of Mexico Fernando Montes), Frank Baumholtz (baseball and basketball), Dick Ricketts (baseball and basketball), Marion Jones (track, basketball, and professional doping), Howie Schultz (baseball and basketball) Shaun White (snowboarding and skateboarding).
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To be sure, ESPN doesn't always go about things perfectly (see Tilt).  With 30 for 30, they nailed it.  The brainchild of "Sportsguy" Bill Simmons, the 30 for 30 series embarked on the tremendously ambitious undertaking of compiling 30 diverse directors to tell 30 diverse stories spanning the ESPN era.  Whether presenting often overlooked stories like the saga of Marcus Dupree in 'The Best that Never Was' or offering up fresh perspectives on widely known events like the OJ chase in ' July 17, 1994', 30 for 30 was a virtual crash course in a generation of sports history.  With a fresh round of docs under way, here is how they stack up so far from 'must see' to 'meh.'
  1. OJ: Made in America by Ezra Edelman:  The five-part documentary series examines the life of O. J. Simpson, as well as the broader issues of race and celebrity in the United States as it pertained to Simpson's 1995 criminal trial for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her acquaintance, Ronald Lyle Goldman. Made in America also focuses on other aspects in Simpson's life, including his success on the football field, his celebrity away from the gridiron, and his later conviction and imprisonment in a robbery case.
  2. The Two Escobars by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist: The lives of soccer player Andrés Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar; the intertwining of crime and soccer in their native Colombia; and the connections between the murders of both men.
  3. The U by Billy Corben: The racial and cultural evolution of Miami during the 1980s as represented within the University of Miami football team.
  4. Once Brothers by NBA Entertainment: The story of Croatian Dražen Petrović and Serbian Vlade Divac, NBA players and Yugoslavian national teammates, and how upheaval in their homeland adversely and irretrievably affected their friendship.
  5. June 17, 1994 by Brett Morgen: Quick-cut archival montages capture the various sporting events on the day in question and the emotions they generated, with O. J. Simpson's run from the police overshadowing an NBA Finals game between the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, the opening of the U.S.-hosted 1994 World Cup, the last-ever U.S. Open PGA tournament round for Arnold Palmer, Ken Griffey Jr. hitting another home run to add to his record-setting pace, and a parade in New York after the Rangers finally won the Stanley Cup.
  6. Bad Boys by Zak Levitt:  A look back at the Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  7. Brothers in Exile by Mario Diaz and MLB Productions.  The story of Liván and Orlando Hernández, half-brothers who fled Cuba separately and became successful major-league pitchers.
  8. The Best That Never Was by Jonathan Hock: The 1981 recruiting of high school football player Marcus Dupree by multiple big-time college programs, his resulting career, and how his recruitment changed the recruiting process.
  9. Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks by Dan Klores: The impact of Reggie Miller on the New York Knicks in the 1990s, specifically focusing on the 1995 NBA Playoffs and Miller's interaction with Knicks fan Spike Lee.
  10. You Don't Know Bo by Michael Bonfiglio: A profile of Bo Jackson and how his feats in two sports (baseball and football) captured the public's imagination and made Jackson a cultural and marketing icon.
  11. Survive and Advance by Jonathan Hock: A look at the 1982-83 NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team's successful and improbable championship runs through the ACC and the NCAA tournaments.
  12. Unguarded by Johnathan Hock: The story of Chris Herren, a high school basketball star who played in the NBA, struggled with drug abuse his entire career and ultimately, found redemption and personal fulfillment through the game.
  13. The Fab Five by Jason Hehir: The story of the 1991 Michigan men's basketball recruiting class, called the Fab Five, one of whom (Chris Webber) was later involved in a notorious pay-for-play scandal.
  14. Catching Hell by Alex Gibney: The relationship between Chicago Cubs fans and Steve Bartman following Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series
  15. The 16th Man by Clifford Bestall, Lori McCreary, and Morgan Freeman: How hosting (and winning) the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Nelson Mandela's support of the Springboks national team affected post-apartheid South Africa.
  16. The Band that Wouldn't Die by Barry Levinson: A profile of Baltimore's love affair with football and the Colts, focusing on the Colts Marching Band. After the Colts decamped for Indianapolis in 1984, the band remained in Baltimore and helped promote the eventual return of the NFL to the city.
  17. Fantastic Lies by Marina Zenovich: A 10-year retrospective of the Duke lacrosse case, in which a party thrown by members of the school's men's lacrosse team led to an accusation of rape — a claim that, though later proven to be false, ignited both a firestorm that damaged the school's prestige and an investigation that ruined careers.
  18. The Price of Gold by Nanette Burstein: A profile of a January 6, 1994 incident at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where an unknown attacker strikes entrant Nancy Kerrigan – an assailant that is later revealed to be a hit man hired by the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, as part of a plan to prevent Kerrigan from competing in the 1994 Winter Olympics. The Price of Gold originally went by the title Tonya and Nancy during production.
  19. I Hate Christian Laettner by Rory Karpf: A look at the life and basketball career of Christian Laettner and the intense dislikesome fans still harbor for the former Duke University and NBA star.
  20. This Magic Moment by Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby: Examining the Orlando Magic teams of the mid-1990s with Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway, who not only ruled the NBA, but pop culture as well.
  21. Chasing Tyson by Steven Cantor: A look at how Evander Holyfield spent years (1989-91 & 1995-96) trying to arrange his first fight with Mike Tyson in an effort to gain the respect he knew he could only gain by defeating Tyson in the ring.
  22. 9.79* by Daniel Gordon: The 100-meter men's final at the 1988 Seoul Games was the first to feature four runners under 10 seconds. Within 48 hours, gold medalist Ben Johnson had tested positive for anabolic steroids and scandal trumped thrilling as the way to describe the race. More than two decades later, others from that race have been proven as performance drug abusers, and "the dirtiest race in history" still haunts the eight men who took part. The film looks at whatbrought the men to the starting line and what happened to them since.
  23. Elway to Marino by Ken Rodgers and NFL Films: A look at the six quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft.
  24. Youngstown Boys by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist: The stories of two Ohio State football figures connected with Youngstown, Ohio—running back Maurice Clarett, a native, and coach Jim Tressel, former head coach at Youngstown State University—exploring their football exploits at Ohio State, including a national championship in 2002, and their scandalous exits from the school.
  25. Sole Man by Jon Weinbach and Dan Marks: A profile of Sonny Vaccaro, who rose from steel town roots in Pennsylvania to become an influential force in both basketball and the athletic shoe industry.
  26. Four Falls of Buffalo by Ken Rodgers: A profile of the Buffalo Bills teams of the early 1990s, when the franchise became the first team to play in — and lose — four consecutive Super Bowls.
  27. King's Ransom by Peter Berg: The 1988 trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings and the effect it had on Gretzky, the fans in Edmonton, and the popularity of hockey in Southern California.
  28. Pony Express by Thaddeus D. Matula: The rise, fall, and rebirth of the SMU Mustangs football program, which received a 2-year "death penalty" for major infractions.
  29. Without Bias by Kirk Fraser: The death of Len Bias from a cocaine-induced heart attack, two days after Boston selected him in the 1986 NBA Draft, and its impact on casual drug use, especially by the sports community.
  30. Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? by Mike Tollin: Fresh interviews and archival footage track the life and demise of the United States Football League in the mid 1980s.
  31. The U Part 2 by Billy Corben:  A sequel to The U profiles the Miami Hurricanes football program and its rise from scandal (and calls for the school to drop the sport) to a national championship, only to see new controversy after booster Nevin Shapiro is revealed to have given improper benefits to the program.
  32. The Announcement by Nelson George: The events and aftermath of former Los Angeles Lakers player Magic Johnson announcing he tested positive for HIV to the world.
  33. Of Miracles and Men by Jonathan Hock: An exploration of the Miracle on Ice from the point of view of the defeated Soviet Union team.
  34. Believeland by Andy Billman: A look at the sports curse that befell Cleveland since the NFL's Browns last brought a major pro sports championship to the Ohio city in 1964. The film debuted one month before LeBron James and the Cavaliers' won the 2016 NBA Finals, after which the film was re-released with an updated ending on June 30, 2016.
  35. Muhammad and Larry by Albert Maysles: A look at the October 1980 Muhammad Ali-Larry Holmes fight and its impact on both fighters, featuring fresh interviews with participants and previously unseen lead-up footage from both fighters' camps.
  36. This Was the XFL by Charlie Ebersol:  How two longtime friends, pro wrestling impresario Vince McMahon and NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol, teamed to form the XFL, a football league widely ridiculed during its brief run yet also appreciated as a forerunner of modern-day sports broadcasts.
  37. Doc and Daryl by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio:  The connection between the lives and careers of former New York Mets Dwight "Doc" Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.
  38. Playing for the Mob by Joe Lavine and Cayman Grant: How Mafia associate Henry Hill orchestrated a point-shaving scheme involving Boston College basketball. Narrated by Ray Liotta, who portrayed Hill in Goodfellas.
  39. No Mas by Eric Drath: An inside look at the two boxing matches between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran in the 1980s, with the help of boxing experts, family members and the two fighters themselves.
  40. Catholics vs Convicts by Patrick Creadon:  A look at the notorious 1988 Notre Dame–Miami football game and its personal and cultural impact.
  41. When The Garden Was Eden by Michael Rapaport: A look back at the New York Knicks' championship teams of the 1970s.
  42. The Prince of Pennsylvania by Jesse Vile: An exploration of the turbulent relationship between Olympic wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and their eccentric benefactor, John du Pont, culminating in the murder of Dave by du Pont.
  43. Big Shot by Kevin Connolly: The story of how young businessman John Spano struck a deal to purchase the New York Islanders in 1996, only to be later revealed as a fraud and being near financial insolvency.
  44. The Legend of Jimmy the Greek by Fritz Mitchell: The life of Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, from his career as a Las Vegas bookmaker to his tenure on The NFL Today, from which he was fired in 1988.
  45. Requiem for the Big East by Ezra Edelman: A recollection of the original Big East Conference, from its simple beginnings and regional rivalries to its national prominence as one of the most successful college basketball leagues, and how it ended up fighting for its survival in the 2010s during conference realignment.
  46. Hit it Hard by David Terry Fine and Gabe Spitzer:  A look at John Daly's rise from obscurity to two major championship wins and fall back to mediocrity.
  47. The '85 Bears by Jason Hehir: A 30-year retrospective on the 1985 Chicago Bears, from how they were assembled to their swaggering, dominant run to Super Bowl victory.
  48. Broke by Billy Corben: Exploring the road to fortune in sports and the eventual detours to bankruptcy, as experienced by top athletes including Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison, Keith McCants, and Cliff Floyd.
  49. Straight Outta L.A. by Ice Cube: The relationship between the Raiders and the minority fan base in Los Angeles during the team's 13 seasons in L.A. (1982-1994).
  50. Phi Slama Jama by Chip Reeves.  A profile of the iconic Houston Cougars men's basketball teams of the 1980s, fronted by Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, whose explosive play and highlight-making slam dunks earned the team the nickname Phi Slama Jama.
  51. Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau by Sam George: Chronicling the life of big wave surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau, whose tragic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.
  52. Free Spirits by Daniel H. Forer: The story of the colorful figures who made up the American Basketball Association's Spirits of St. Louis, and how Spirits owners Daniel and Ozzie Silna, with their team about to be left out in the ABA's merger with the NBA, managed to negotiate a deal that has allowed the brothers' involvement in pro basketball to continue to exist in a most unusual fashion.
  53. The Dotted Line by Morgan Spurlock: Sports agents Peter Greenberg and Eugene Lee are profiled with their clients Johan Santana, Jacquian Williams and Robert Hughes.
  54. The Real Rocky by Jeff Feuerzeig: A profile of Chuck Wepner, the original inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa. Wepner was left out of the “Rocky” glory, and his career took turn after strange turn as he worked to stay in the spotlight: he went on to fight Andre the Giant as “The Assassin” and twice boxed a 900 pound bear.
  55. Run Ricky Run by Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni: A profile of Ricky Williams focuses on his brief 2004 departure from the NFL, when he sought self-redemption amidst media criticism and fresh rumors of marijuana use.
  56. Into the Wind by Steve Nash and Ezra Holland: Terry Fox's attempt to run across Canada in support of fundraising for cancer research captures the attention of his fellow Canadians and the world.
  57. Fernando Nation by Cruz Angeles: The euphoria created by Fernando Valenzuela's 1981 arrival with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  58. Trojan War by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas: A profile of the rise and fall of USC Trojans football during Pete Carroll's coaching tenure in the 2000s.
  59. Brian and The Boz by Thaddeus D. Matula: The rise, fall, and post-football life of Brian Bosworth.
  60. The Day The Series Stopped by Ryan Fleck: A 25-year retrospective of the Loma Prieta earthquake, which struck just before the scheduled start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.
  61. Benji by Coodie and Chike: In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a beloved, sweet-natured youngster from the city's fabled South Side, and America's most talented basketball prospect. His senseless murder the day before his senior season sent ripples through Chicago and the nation.
  62. Roll Tide/War Eagle by Martin Khodabakhshian: The continuing rivalry between Auburn University and the University of Alabama. This is the story of the history between the two programs, the bad blood between its fans and how this intense rivalry came to a pinnacle, just when they ended up needing each other most.
  63. Tim Richmond: To the Limit by NASCAR Media Group and Rory Karpf: The career of NASCAR driver Tim Richmond, his flamboyant lifestyle, and his 1989 death from AIDS.
  64. Jordan Rides the Bus by Ron Shelton: Motivated by the dream his late father had for him, Michael Jordan retires from basketball and has a brief career in minor league baseball.
  65. One and Not Done by Jonathan Hock:  The life and career of John Calipari, one of the most polarizing figures in modern college basketball, weaving his story around that of his 2015–16 Kentucky team.
  66. Rand University by Marquis Daisy: An exploration of former NFL receiver Randy Moss and his humble (and humbling) origins in Rand, West Virginia.
  67. This Is What They Want by Brian Koppelman and David Levien:  The story of a 39-year-old Jimmy Connors and his unexpected and extraordinary underdog run at the 1991 U.S. Open, where he played as a wildcard entrant and reached the semifinals of the men's singles draw.
  68. Ghosts of Ole Miss by Fritz Mitchell: In 1962, the University of Mississippi campus erupted in violence over integration and swelled with pride over an unbeaten football team. Mississippi native Wright Thompson explores the tumultuous events that continue to shape the state 50 years later.
  69. Bernie and Ernie by Jason Hehir: A profile of Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, their decades-long friendship, and their on-court partnership on the University of Tennessee basketball team, better known as the "Ernie and Bernie Show".
  70. Slaying the Badger by John Dower: Examining the competitive nature that Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault exhibited in the 1986 Tour de France; a film based on the book with the same name, written by Richard Moore.
  71. Goose by Kevin Shaw: The life of Reece “Goose” Tatum who played in Negro League baseball and was an original member of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters.
  72. Renée by Eric Drath: The life of transsexual athlete Renée Richards, who shocked the world with her entry into the 1977 U.S. Open.
  73. Angry Sky by Jeff Tremaine: The story of Nick Piantanida, a New Jersey pet store owner and truck driver whose love of parachuting and skydiving puts him on a quest to break the record for the highest recorded parachute jump.
  74. The Gospel According to Mac by Jim Podhoretz: A look at how Bill McCartney mixed two religions — college football and evangelical Christianity — while serving as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes in the 1990s, a tenure that included a national championship.
  75. 26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story by Jose Morales: The life of Dewey Bozella in his 26 years behind bars, where he found strength and purpose through boxing, becoming the light heavyweight champion of Sing Sing Prison. He made it a goal to be proven innocent and box professionally once he was released.
  76. Little Big Men by Al Szymanski: The Kirkland National Little League team's success at the 1982 Little League World Series (where they pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the event's history in the title game) and its after-effects.
  77. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson by Steve James: The 1993 trial of Hampton, Virginia, high-school athlete Allen Iverson, convicted for his role in a racially-tinged melee, and its impact on both the community and on Iverson's life.
  78. The Marinovich Project by Andrew Stephan and John Dorsey: The rise and fall of former USC and NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich is chronicled. The film focuses primarily on the complex relationship between Marinovich and his father.
  79. Silly Little Game by Adam Kurland and Lucas Jansen: Meeting at New York City's La Rotisserie Francaise, a group of writers and academics develop Rotisserie Fantasy baseball, only to see it take off in popularity and leave them behind.
  80. Right To Play by Frank Marshall: The story of Norwegian speed-skating gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, who founded the non-profit organization, Right to Play, which brings sports to children in third-world and war-torn countries.
  81. Guru of Go by Bill Couturié: Paul Westhead's coaching tenure at Loyola Marymount University (1985-1990) features his high-scoring run-and-gun offense and players such as Bo Kimble and Hank Gathers.
  82. There's No Place Like Home by Maura Mandt and Josh Swade: The story of one fan's obsessive quest to purchase James Naismith's original rules of basketball, perhaps the most important historical document in sports history, and to bring it "home" to Lawrence, Kansas, where Naismith taught and coached at the University of Kansas for more than 40 years.
  83. Four Days In October by Major League Baseball Productions: The remarkable comeback of the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS.
  84. The Birth of Big Air by Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Spike Jonze: The life of Mat Hoffman and his 25 year career of advancing BMX riding, both creatively and promotionally.
  85. Charismatic By Steven Michaels, Joel Surnow, and Jonathan Koch: The run of Charismatic and its jockey, Chris Antley, at the 1999 Triple Crown.
  86. One Night in Vegas by Reggie Rock Bythewood: The friendship of boxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac Shakur and the night of September 7, 1996, when Shakur was murdered after attending the Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight in Las Vegas.
  87. The House of Steinbrenner by Barbara Kopple: The legacy of George Steinbrenner's ownership of the New York Yankees.
  88. Unmatched by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern, with Hannah Storm: A look at the rivalry and friendship between tennis legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
  89. Marion Jones: Just Press Pause by John Singleton: The successful track and field career of Marion Jones, her 2007 admission of performance-enhancing drug use, and subsequent prison sentence.

*Summaries used courtesy of Wikipedia

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