There's a difference between loyalty to the home team--athletes
imported to play for our local colleges and pro franchises--and
the deep emotional bond we share with hometown heroes, the local
legends we knew back when. They are the boys and girls from next
door, or the next town. We watched them grow up, watched them
play when it was still play. Unfortunately, these luminaries are
almost inevitably dispersed because of sport's mercenary nature,
lured away by scholarships or contracts. Well, we're bringing
'em all back home for the millennium--not necessarily to where
they were born, but to where they first showed flashes of the
greatness to come. Thus, Broadway Joe is in Pennsylvania, not
Alabama or New York; and the Mailman is in Louisiana, not Utah.
The result: the top 50 from your state and, on the following
pages, a list of those from all 50 states. In short, the
ultimate home teams.
Won 1972 Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medal (149.5 pounds);
coached Iowa to nine straight NCAA titles, 15 in all.
Led AL in strikeouts seven times, tossed three no-hitters; first
to fan 18 in a game; won 266 games for Indians (1936 to '56).
Won Heisman Trophy at Iowa in 1939, for a season in which he had
a hand in 107 of Hawkeyes' 130 points.
One of Notre Dame's Four Horsemen; coached Irish from 1934 to
'40; first NFL commissioner ('41 to '46).
All-purpose player at Chicago won inaugural Heisman, in 1935; top
pick in first NFL draft but opted for business career.
First NFL player with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards
receiving in same season, with 49ers in 1985; had 8,189 career
Fred (Cap) Clarke
Batted .351 and slugged major-league-best .532 for NL champion
Pirates in 1903; had 2,672 career hits.
No. 2 alltime scorer and rebounder at Kansas; first-round pick by
Nuggets in 1998.
Won 89 consecutive wrestling matches and three straight NCAA
titles at Iowa under Gable, whom he succeeded as coach in 1998.
Four-time All-Pro was NFL's sixth alltime rusher (6,217 yards)
when he retired in 1968.
State's Mr. Basketball in senior year; averaged 20.2 points at
Iowa State in 1993-94; so popular in hometown he became known as
Upset Ben Hogan in 18-hole playoff to win 1955 U.S. Open; won two
other PGA events.
Urban (Red) Faber
Won 69 games for White Sox from 1920 to '22; finished with 254
major league wins and 273 complete games.
All-America guard at Iowa State in 1957; averaged 18.7 points
in his career, becoming Cyclones' first 1,000-point scorer.
All-America quarterback at Iowa in 1921; his dropkick field goal
beat Notre Dame 10-7, ending Irish's 20-game winning streak.
Terry and Tom Brands
Identical twins each won a world wrestling championship in 1993;
Tom also won gold in featherweight (136.5 pounds) at '96 Olympics.
Pass-rushing linebacker led NFL with 17 1/2 sacks in 1995 for the
Bills after starring at Northern Iowa.
Won 1934 Kentucky Derby on Cavalcade; two-time winner of the
Rightfielder hit .311 in 16 major league seasons; had
game-winning double for A's in clinching Game 5 of 1929 World
All-America fullback at Iowa in 1922; named to school's alltime
team as a defensive back in '89.
Won six NCAA wrestling titles as Iowa State coach from 1965 to
'77; 493-93-14 in 36 years as a college coach.
Hit .343 with 42 homers and a then club-record 162 RBIs for
Indians in 1936; .302 hitter in 11 seasons.
Lineman at Drake and Michigan; coached Vanderbilt to a
197-55-19 record; his 1904 team outscored opponents 474-4.
Led Union-Whitten High to 1968 state girls' basketball title by
averaging 62.8 points; picked by NBA Warriors in '69 draft but
Leading scorer for Iowa's 1956 national runner-up basketball
team; twice named All-Big Ten.
Hit .300 or higher five times and was the best fielding
shortstop in the game in the 1920s.
Premier performer when pro wrestling was a real sport; held title
from 1906 to '13.
Big Ten MVP and Walter Camp Trophy winner at quarterback in 1958
when Hawkeyes won Rose Bowl.
Broke 32-year-old NCAA punting record in 1981 with 49.8-yard
average for Iowa; made Pro Bowl three times.
Set national high school basketball record with 6,736 points for
Ventura High; hit 28 of 32 shots in school's 1987 state title
Won archery gold medal at 1972 Olympics with world-record 2,424
Led Iowa to 14 bowl games--including three trips to the Rose--in
20 years as coach before retiring after 1998 season; 143-89-6
Alltime leader in receiving yards at Iowa; with Falcons,
returned kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXIII.
Coached Iowa to Final Four in 1955 and '56; was 114-59 in eight
Two-time All-America wrestler at Iowa State; won last 35
matches; took middleweight (174 pounds) gold at 1948 Olympics.
Coached Hawkeyes to their first two Rose Bowl wins, in 1957 and
Won 218 games in 17-year major league career; went 22-8 in 1933
for pennant-winning Senators.
As a senior at Iowa in 1948, averaged 21.0 points and was named
All-America; played two seasons with Tri-Cities, including one
year in NBA.
At Iowa, set school single-game rushing record of 286 yards,
which stood from 1968 to '97; ran for 4,451 yards in nine
seasons with Chiefs.
Zoe Ann Olsen
Won silver medal in springboard diving at 1948 Olympics.
Coached Drake to 1969 Final Four before losing in semifinals to
Lew Alcindor's UCLA team by three points.
Three-time state high school wrestling champ won 1940 AAU
national championship; took silver in '48 Olympics.
Won 1958 state amateur golf title and three pro tournaments,
including '62 LPGA Championship.
F. Morgan Taylor
Former world-record holder in 400-meter hurdles; won gold at
1924 Olympics, bronze in '28 and '32 Games.
Notre Dame end from 1918 to '21 and All-America as a senior;
coached for 39 years, including eight at Iowa.
Iowa quarterback was MVP of 1957 Rose Bowl, in which he completed
nine of 10 passes and ran 49 yards for a touchdown.
Won 523 games and record seven state championships as basketball
coach at Davenport High from 1928 to '58.
All-America tight end at Iowa State in 1989 went on to play two
seasons as a third baseman with Dodgers.
Hawkeyes tight end went to Pro Bowl in 1991 after catching 82
passes for Patriots.
Night baseball pioneer in 1930; founded Kansas City Monarchs,
who won 10 Negro league pennants and sent 27 players to the