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Alltime Best For Maine's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to SI.com/50

Feb. 02, 2004
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Alltime Best For Maine's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to SI.com/50

Compiled by Bill Syken

Joan Benoit Samuelson, Marathoner
America's greatest female marathoner, the five-foot dynamo won
the first Olympic women's marathon, in 1984. She was the only
female to run cross-country at Cape Elizabeth High, and as a
Bowdoin senior in 1979, she set a U.S. record at the Boston
Marathon.

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Cindy Blodgett, Basketball player
The Brown Bears guard from Waterville led the NCAA in scoring in
1995-96 and '96-97 and is sixth alltime in women's Division I
history (3,005 points). She led Maine to four America East
Conference titles and four NCAA tournament appearances.

Jack Coombs, Baseball player
The righthander from Waterville went 31-9 and threw 13 shutouts,
still an AL record, for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1910. Known
as Colby Jack (he went to Colby), he won 158 games, and his
career World Series mark was 5-0. He coached at Duke for 22
seasons.

Edmund (Rip) Black, Hammer thrower
The lobsterman from Bailey Island won a bronze medal in the
hammer at the 1928 Olympics, a year after he pitched a no-hitter
for the University of Maine's baseball team and starred on its
football team. In 1929 he won the national college title in the
hammer.

Dick MacPherson, Football coach
The Old Town native turned around a losing Syracuse football
program, leading the Orangemen to four straight bowl appearances
from 1987 to '90 before leaving to coach the New England Patriots
for two seasons. He's now a radio analyst for Syracuse football.

Billy Swift, Baseball player
The pitcher from South Portland had his best years with the San
Francisco Giants in the early '90s: He led the NL in ERA (2.08)
in 1992 and won 21 games in '93. The second pick in the 1984
amateur draft, he was hindered by arm problems and retired in
1998.

COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN (SAMUELSON)COLOR PHOTO: RON MAXWELL (BLODGETT)B/W PHOTO: CULVER PICTURES (COOMBS)B/W PHOTO: UNIVERSITY OF MAINE (BLACK)COLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER (MACPHERSON)COLOR PHOTO: AP (SWIFT)