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Sports icons, a running list

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Pulitzer Wannabe, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. For fun, who qualifies as "iconic"?

    A starter list:

    Babe Ruth
    Lou Gehrig
    Jackie Robinson
    Vince Lombardi
    Bear Bryant
    Jesse Owens
    Michael Jordan
    Magic Johnson
    Pistol Pete
    Larry Bird
    Joe Namath
    Knute Rockne
    Bob Knight
    John Wooden
    Wayne Gretzky
    Dale Earnhardt
    Joe DiMaggio

    Additions? Perhaps regional icons? Ernie Banks comes to mind. Pete Rose in Cincinnati. Dean Smith on Tobacco Road. Some high school coach in your state. Is Gerry Faust still an Ohio icon??
  2. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Bobby Fucking Orr
  3. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    Richard Petty
    Dean Smith
    Gordie Howe
    Willie Mays
    Mickey Mantle
    Hank Aaron
    Ted Williams
    Julius Erving
  4. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Maurice Richard
  5. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    George Best
    Diego Maradona
    Johan Cruyff
  6. Does Roger Bannister qualify? It's an iconic achievement. But an iconic sports figure?
  7. Michael Echan

    Michael Echan Member





    The only athlete whose death made me cry, faults and all.
  8. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Billie Jean King
    Chrissie Evert (sp)
    Martina Navratilova
    Steffi Graf
    Johnny Mac
    Pete Sampras
    Andre Agassi
    Roger Federer
    The Williams sisters
  9. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Yes in Britain. Probably not overseas.
  10. Tiger Woods, right?

    Any others in the gentleman's game?
  11. I disagree. I recognize his talent. But is a writer going to sink his teeth into telling the definitive life of Pete Sampras and what he meant to his sport 50 years from now? Can't see it.
  12. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

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