Babe Didrikson Zaharias
The Beaumont native was the greatest female athlete ever,
excelling in every sport from baseball to bowling. She was the
1932 Olympic champ in the javelin and 80-meter hurdles and won 41
pro golf tournaments.
Ben Hogan, Golfer
The intensely private Hogan, who was from Fort Worth, is one of
five players to have won the career Grand Slam. In 1949 he and
his wife survived a near-fatal car accident near Van Horn, Texas.
His '53 season, in which he won three majors, was one of the best
Doak Walker, Football player
The 1948 Heisman winner, who played for his hometown SMU, was the
epitome of versatility. In six years with the Detroit Lions he
registered a stat in nearly every major category: rushing,
passing, receiving, punting, placekicking, punt/kickoff returns
Rogers Hornsby, Baseball player
One of the most consistent righthanded hitters in history, the
second baseman from Fort Worth won seven batting titles in his
22-year career with the Cardinals, Giants, Braves, Cubs and
Browns. His .424 average in 1924 is an NL record for the 20th
Nolan Ryan, Baseball player
A Texas icon, Ryan threw a record seven no-hitters and won 324
games in 27 seasons with the Mets, Angels, Astros and Rangers.
With a fastball clocked at more than 100 mph, the Alvin standout
also struck out a record 5,714 batters.
Sammy Baugh, Football player
Slingin' Sammy helped popularize the forward pass in the pro
game. Raised in Temple and a two-time All-America at TCU, Baugh
threw for 21,886 yards and 187 touchdowns from 1937 through
'52 with the Washington Redskins.