The Bulldogs made the NCAA basketball tournament for the first
time in 2003.
2 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
More than 100 clans compete in traditional Scottish sports in
this annual event near Linville.
3 Junior Johnson
The stock car legend from Wilkesboro is the only man elected to
the Racing Hall of Fame as a driver and an owner.
4 Mark Grace
March 15, 2004
The Diamondbacks' former first baseman is a Winston-Salem native.
5 Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame
Visitors to this Salisbury shrine--originally housed in a
restaurant--can listen to play-by-play broadcasts of historical
moments or act as an announcer and call a game-saving steal by
6 Dale Earnhardt Statue
A nine-foot-high bronze of the Intimidator stands on Main Street
in his native Kannapolis.
7 Kevin Millwood
A park in his hometown of Bessemer City is named after the
8 Lowe's Motor Speedway
The 167,000-seat Concord track sits northeast of Charlotte and is
home to the the annual Coca-Cola 600.
The club's famed No. 2 course is where Payne Stewart sank a
15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to win the 1999 U.S. Open four
months before his death.
10 Richard Petty Museum
The museum in Randleman houses the racing legend's stock cars.
11 Torry Holt
The Rams' two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver grew up in Gibsonville
and was ACC player of the year at N.C. State in 1998.
Cameron Indoor Stadium
The South's biggest basketball arena when it opened in 1940,
Duke's 9,314-seat gym is now one of the smallest and most
antiquated. Yet few venues are as beloved by fans or--thanks to
the 2,500-seat student section--as intimidating to opponents.
Since 1980 the Blue Devils men's team is 316-54 here.
The minor league club, made famous by the 1988 movie Bull Durham,
played its first game in 1902.
14 Marion Jones
The track star was on UNC's national champion women's basketball
team in 1994.
15 RBC Center
The Raleigh arena is home to the NHL Hurricanes, N.C. State
basketball and the Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic
16 Rocky Mount
Jim Thorpe was stripped of two Olympic gold medals he won in
1912, when it was revealed that he had played semipro baseball
17 Julius Peppers
The Panthers defensive end is from Bailey and won the Lombardi
Award while at North Carolina.
The home of East Carolina University is the state's SI Sportstown
for having the best community sports programs.
19 Jerry Stackhouse
The Wizards' two-time All-Star swingman, a UNC alum, is from
The city of 94,600 has produced Michael Jordan, Harlem
Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, quarterback Roman Gabriel and Hall
of Famer Sonny Jurgensen, among other sports stars.
21 Babe Ruth
As a 19-year-old rookie in the East Carolina League, the Bambino
hit his first professional home run, in Fayetteville on March 7,
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