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Old July 9th, 2012, 10:16 AM
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Who are the 3 greatest athletes you personally saw in every sport ?

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Baseball: Willie Mays ,Ted Williams ,Stan Musial

Basketball: Wilt Chamberlain ,Roger Brown ,Oscar Robertson

Tennis:Serena Williams , Pancho Gonzalez , Andre Agassi

Football: Johnny Unitas , Peyton Manning ,Tom Brady

Golf: Jack Nicklaus , Gary Player ,Bubba Watson

Handball:Oscar Obert ,Myron Kaufman ,John Wright
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Who are the 3 greatest athletes you personally saw in every sport ?

My list :

Baseball: Willie Mays ,Ted Williams ,Stan Musial

Basketball: Wilt Chamberlain ,Roger Brown ,Oscar Robertson

Tennis:Serena Williams , Pancho Gonzalez , Andre Agassi

Football: Johnny Unitas , Peyton Manning ,Tom Brady

Golf: Jack Nicklaus , Gary Player ,Bubba Watson

Handball:Oscar Obert ,Myron Kaufman ,John Wright
BaseBallWillie Mays, Pete Rose, Mickey Mantle
Football Terry Bradshaw, Mean Joe Greene, Payton Manning
Basketball Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Walt Frazier, Micheal Jordan
Boxing Ali, Marvin Hagler, Ray "Boom Boom Mancini.
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Football: Jerry Rice, Steve Young, John Elway, Peyton Manning...I'm sure there should be others in that list too, we used to have Seahawks Seasons Tickets.

Hockey: Mario, Wayne, Yzerman, Crosby, etc. A lot of the old timers, Hull, Howe, LaFleur

Basketball: Jordan, Bryant, Shaq

Baseball: Yankees game a couple of years ago, too many to list. Clements was pitching

Golf: Payne Stewart (sniff), Peter Jacobson, Mike Weir for his first PGA win... I'm sure there were others in that tournament that I just can't remember
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I guess the key word here is ever saw, or in other words, in my lifetime.

Baseball...Pete Rose, Rod Carew, Nolen Ryan

Basketball...Micheal Jordon, Larry Byrd, Elvin Hayes

Football...Walter Payton, Joe Montana, Clay Matthews

Nascar...Darrel Waltrip, Richard Petty, Dale Ernhardt

Bowling....Earl Anthony, Walter Ray Williams, Norm Duke

Boxing....Roberto Duran, Muhamid Ali, Sugar Ray Leneord

Tennis...Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Chris Everitt

Wrestling....Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Legion of Doom
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Since the only pro games I ever attended were basketball I will say

John Havlicek
Bill Russell
Tom Heinson

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I thought Payne Stewart was the classiest Golfer in the world. No one can wear knickers like he did...HE IS MISSED BIG TIME
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I thought Payne Stewart was the classiest Golfer in the world. No one can wear knickers like he did...HE IS MISSED BIG TIME
Loved him. I was very happy to have seen him play. Nice guy and a class act gone way too soon.
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Now this is why I do not do well in the sports questions in shipboard trivia.

Baesball: Stan Musial, and once Ted Williams was on the other team. I went to a Giants game years ago but I think it was in between Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.

Basketball: I do remember going to a basketball game once.

Football: Never been to a pro game in my life.

Ah, but when I was a kid, Roller Derby! There was a gal named Toughie Brashun who could knock other girls over the wall with one elbow! Now there was a great athlete.

On this subject, Smithsonian has a very good article on Jim Thorpe, possibly the greatest athlete the world has ever seen. Stripping him of his Olympic medals for playing a bit of semi-pro baseball is widely regarded as one of the great outrages of sports, never yet corrected.
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I try to make at least 3 Steeler home games every season...The Pittsburgh Steelers and Heinz field all the way...
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I knew a guy who played basketball for the Pittsburgh Pipers .
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On this subject, Smithsonian has a very good article on Jim Thorpe, possibly the greatest athlete the world has ever seen. Stripping him of his Olympic medals for playing a bit of semi-pro baseball is widely regarded as one of the great outrages of sports, never yet corrected.
His medals were returned with an apology I believe in 1982. The Jim Thorpe painting is one of four on permanent display in the upper rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capital Building.

I was an Oklahoma History major and researcher at OU in the early 1970's and met several members of the Thorpe family.

He was IMHO the worlds greatest athlete of all time.
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Jan 18th, 1983 was the date Jim Thorpe's medals were returned.

He later became an Alcoholic and died broke...not a great ending.
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His medals were returned with an apology I believe in 1982. The Jim Thorpe painting is one of four on permanent display in the upper rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capital Building.

I was an Oklahoma History major and researcher at OU in the early 1970's and met several members of the Thorpe family.

He was IMHO the worlds greatest athlete of all time.
Well, according to Smithsonian, Jim Thorpe's family were given COPIES of the medals but he was not reinstated. However he is listed on the IOC site as a co-gold medalist. Smithsonian seems to be a bit confused on the topic.
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Well, according to Smithsonian, Jim Thorpe's family were given COPIES of the medals but he was not reinstated. However he is listed on the IOC site as a co-gold medalist. Smithsonian seems to be a bit confused on the topic.
I believe they were given new sets of Olympic medals as no one knew where the originals were located. The word 'copies' may imply that they were not real gold, etc., they were. I actually visited the family in the old Thorpe home in Yale, Oklahoma while they were in the process of this. His brother and sister also were trying to get his remains moved back to the family cemetery.
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A friend of mine held political office until recently in Oklahoma and he is very much a fan of Jim Thorpe and shares the belief that Thorpe may be the greatest all around athlete of all time.
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Famous athletes I've personally see play:

Al Kaline, all the 1968 Detroit Tigers
Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Sid Abel - Detroit Red Wings
Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, et al - Detroit Pistons

AND, I once played golf with Smokey Robinson, a darn good golfer and a great singer, on one of Detroit's public courses.
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AND, I once played golf with Smokey Robinson, a darn good golfer and a great singer, on one of Detroit's public courses.
"The country that invented golf and called it a game is the same country that invented bagpipes and called it music."
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Ah, bagpipes! Two great quotes:

"A gentleman is a person who KNOWS HOW to play the bagpipes, but doesn't."

"There must be a lot of good music in the bagpipes, because none of it comes out".

How did we get from sports to bagpipes?
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