He wanted to be the greatest hitter ever, and over two dazzling
decades the Splendid Splinter proved he was just that. The last
man to hit .400 rose from a bleak childhood to become a Beantown
hero and an American icon.
By the time he left the game in 1973, Johnny U. owned nearly
every NFL passing record, but Baltimore loved him most for his
crew cut, his black hightops and his unsurpassed grit.
The Hall of Fame outfielder, a 10-time All-Star, made his mark
with a Mad Dash from first to home to win Game 7 of the '46
Series for the Cardinals.
This broadcaster coined terms like "slam dunk" and "finger roll"
and had a 3,338-consecutive-games streak during 41 seasons with
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BYRON (WHIZZER) WHITE
Before hearing Roe v. Wade on the Supreme Court, the Rhodes
scholar starred at Colorado and was the NFL's leading rusher with
the Lions in '40.
The knuckleballer was the first reliever in the Hall of Fame and
appeared in 1,070 games (third most alltime), winning a record
124 out of the bullpen.
The Brooklyn Dodgers righty was Rookie of the Year in 1952, the
same season he became the first black pitcher to win a World
DICK (NIGHT TRAIN) LANE
The clotheslining used by the L.A. Rams defensive back was
banned, but the Hall of Famer's 14 interceptions in '52 are still
a league record.
Notre Dame went undefeated and won three national titles in the
four seasons this two-way end (and 1949 Heisman winner) anchored
A founder and the first president of the NFL Players Association,
he retired in '61 as the Giants' alltime leader in receptions and
With breakthrough shows like Monday Night Football and Wide World
of Sports, the longtime president of ABC News revolutionized
Dubbed the World's Fastest Human after winning the 100m at the
'64 Games, he brought Olympic speed to the NFL as a Cowboys
The anchor of four Super Bowl winners, this Hall of Famer was an
undersized center who played in more Steelers games (220) than
He looked muscle-bound, but he was the Baryshnikov of
thoroughbreds, dancing his way to the '77 Triple Crown and 14
victories in 17 starts.
Slammin' Sam won seven majors and a record 81 PGA events, but his
milky-smooth swing, coconut straw hat and irresistible swagger
Through five decades, from Musial to McGwire, the Hall of Fame
announcer was the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. He also
called a record 16 Super Bowls on the radio.
Four days before his heart attack, the Cardinals righthander
pitched his team into first place. The three-time All-Star tossed
a nohitter in '93 with the Astros.