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Earle Bruce April 20 at age April 21 at age Dave Nelson April 22 at age April 22 at age Co-owner of the Seattle Seahawks from and the Oakland Athletics from Sachio Kinugasa April 23 at age April 23 at age Tight end on two Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl champion teams of the s. April 28 at age May 1 at age May 2 at age May 3 at age General manager of the New York Islanders during their run of four straight Stanley Cup titles from Clare Droesch May 11 at age Chuck Knox May 12 at age Doug Ford May 14 at age May 14 at age Infielder and manager for the Minnesota Twins.

Andy Johnson May 16 at age Durable and versatile Patriots running back from Vito Capizzo May 17 at age Nantucket football coach for 45 years whose teams reached nine Super Bowls, winning three. Billy Cannon May 18 at age Carol Mann May 20 at age May 22 at age Manager of the California Angels and Cleveland Indians May 23 at age The third man to break the four-minute barrier in the mile, running May 28 at age New Zealand distance-running great who the silver medal in the 5, meters at the Olympics. May 29 at age Center who played eight games for the Bruins in Bruce Kison June 2 at age June 4 at age Newton June 4 at age Basketball Hall of Famer whose career as a player, coach, and administrator spanned 50 years, most notably at Alabama, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt.

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Righthander who won 16 games for the Yankees in , part of a six-year major league career. Red Schoendienst June 6 at age Hall of Fame second baseman for the Cardinals who also managed the team to more than 1, wins and beat the Red Sox in the World Series. June 9 at age Maria Bueno June 8 at age June 12 at age Anne Donovan June 13 at age Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship as a center at Old Dominion in and three Olympic gold medals two as a player, one as a coach. Jordan McNair June 13 at age Redshirt freshman lineman for Maryland who collapsed because of heatstroke during an offseason team workout.

June 13 at age Last American male to win Olympic gold in weightlifting, which he did at the and Games in the bantamweight division. Sonia Scurfield June 14 at age Former owner of the Calgary Flames and the only Canadian woman to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup Billy Connors June 16 at age Pitching coach for three separate stints with the Yankees between and Dutch Rennert June 17 at age National League umpire from known for his distinctive animated strike calls.

June 18 at age Hubert Green June 19 at age Peter Thomson June 20 at age Australian golfing great who won five British Opens, including three in a row from June 26 at age July 6 at age Frank Ramsey July 8 at age July 9 at Infielder who played 10 seasons for the White Sox and was on their American League champion team. July 11 at age Detroit Lions coach July 12 at age Tom Stephens July 12 at age An original Boston Patriot who played five seasons as a tight end and defensive back.

July 15 at age Backup goaltender for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks who also backstopped the Senators to the Finals. Gabe Rivera July 16 at age July 16 at age Mark Hayes July 16 at age Tony Sparano July 22 at age July 22 at age Vaughn Eshelman July 24 at age Lefthander who went for the Red Sox from Tony Cloninger July 24 at age Pitcher for three teams in a year career who clouted two grand slams for the Braves in a game — the only hurler ever to do so.

July 26 at age Clark Booth July 27 at age Erudite sportscaster and essayist who covered the Boston scene since Bruce Lietzke July 28 at age General manager of the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles Stan Mikita Aug.

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Australian golfer who won twice on the Nationwide Tour and had battled cancer since his teens. John Kennedy Aug. Pro Bowl linebacker for the Detroit Lions Doc Edwards Aug. Cleveland Indians manager who also was a catcher for four teams in the s. George Andrie Aug. Lefthander whose eight-year major league career included one season with the Red Sox.

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    First woman to run a mile in less than five minutes, when she clocked Jim Houston Sept. Pitcher who won games in a year career , mostly with the Orioles and Giants. Co-owner of the Calgary Flames since Lee Stange Sept. Pitcher on the Impossible Dream Red Sox who led the staff with a 2.

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    Tommy McDonald Sept. Jack McKinney Sept. Philadelphia Eagles safety Art Williams Sept. Fuller Oct. Dave Anderson Oct. Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist who wrote for the New York Times from A three-time Olympic speedskater and the first American woman to win a medal in the sport bronze, Defensive back on three Rose Bowl-winning teams for Southern Cal.

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    John Gagliardi Oct. Alex Spanos Oct. San Diego Chargers owner from until , when he turned over operations to his son. Tex Winter Oct. John Martin Oct. Dick Modzelewski Oct. Rod Rust Oct. John Ziegler Oct. NHL president from who oversaw the merger with the WHA and was eventually ousted following labor unrest. Legendary Brockton High football coach whose teams won nine Super Bowls and who had a career record of Bill Fischer Oct.

    Red Sox pitching coach from who was a mentor to Roger Clemens and also hurled for five teams in a nine-year career Jack Patera Oct. Willie McCovey Oct. Paul Zimmerman Nov. Jacksonville Jaguars guard He's been to the Finals with three different teams, and won four NBA championships. One of the greatest sports heroes in American History, the "Sultan of Swat" is a legend in all aspects of the word. He was the most dominating, charismatic, interesting man ever to play the game of baseball. He was the first person ever to hit 30, 40, 50 and 60 home runs in a single season.

    His career total of home runs was a record for 39 years until Hank Aaron broke it in Ruth wasn't just a guy who swung for the fences he also had a very impressive batting average. In , he hit. He is in the top 10 in six other all-time statistical categories:. Ruth was also an outstanding pitcher early in his career with the Boston Red Sox. He had a career ERA of 2. There has never been a more charismatic sports figure who could back up exactly what he said.

    He proclaimed that he was the greatest, and indeed he was. He was a three time Heavyweight Champion of the world, and the only man ever to win it three times by defeating the reigning champion. Ali blended blazing hand-speed, a steel chin, ingenious psychology, and swift feet to be one of the most dominant fighters of all time.

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    Three of his fights are considered to be among the best of all time. The first of which is referred to as "The Fight of the Century". It featured two fighters of championship caliber, both of whom were undefeated. Frazier had only received the championship belt after Ali was stripped of it for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. However, he had valiantly defended it since then. Both fighters had legitimate claims to the title and both had been perfect up to that point in their careers; ultimately, one had to fall.

    The match lived up to the hype with Frazier coming away with the victory.

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    However, the two would fight twice more, and Ali would win both times. His story is only half written, yet its contents still warrant him being number two on this list. Tiger Woods has saved golf from the depths of sports despair, and has very lucrative endorsement contracts with Nike and EA Sports.

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    His self-titled video game with EA Sports is a best seller every single year that it comes out. He is, without a shadow of a doubt, a sports icon. He is also a very rich man. Woods is second on the all-time major golf championship titles with 14, and third on the all-time PGA Tour events win list with Some other notable career achievements:. He is still young, and there is still many titles for him to win again and again.

    When it is all said and done, he could possibly be the greatest sports figure of all time. For now, he is only number two. Was there really any doubt about who number one would be on this list? Michael Jordan transcended his sports on and off the court. While on the court, Michael was the most competitive, driven, sensational, clutch, skilled, confident, mesmerizing, and amazing, athlete the world has ever seen.

    He was so good, that he led his franchise to a three-peat, retired for a couple of years, then came back in his 30's and won another three-peat. Some accomplishments during his playing career include:. He was the greatest player to ever lace up. However, it was also his marketability that made him truly the greatest. Overall, Michael Jordan was the greatest player on the court, and he has been the most successful player off the court.