1 Ron Jaworski
The ex-quarterback and ESPN broadcaster is from Lackawanna.
This is an article from the May 31, 2004 issue
The town of 38,000 near Rochester is the state's SI Sportstown
for having the best community sports programs.
Two former students of the Ivy League school in Ithaca, Ken
Dryden and Dan Lodboa, made the NCAA's 50th-anniversary hockey
team in 1997.
The school's 42 first-team football All-Americas include Jim
Brown, Marvin Harrison and 1961 Heisman winner Ernie Davis.
The small school in Hamilton reached the Division I-AA football
final last fall.
6 Baseball Hall of Fame
The Hall was opened in 1939 in Cooperstown.
7 Lake Placid
The site of two Winter Olympics, including the '80 Miracle on
Ice, hosts an Olympic training center.
8 Saratoga Springs
The spa town is home to the National Horse Racing Museum and Hall
9 Winged Foot
The Mamaroneck golf course will host the U.S. Open for the fifth
time in 2006.
10 Vinnie Testaverde
The Jets QB starred at Sewanhaka High in Floral Park.
11 Shinnecock Hills
Golf's 2004 U.S. Open will be played at the Southampton club.
12 Belmont Stakes
The Triple Crown's third and oldest leg was first run in 1867 and
moved to Elmont in 1905.
13 John Franco
The Mets reliever from Brooklyn has 424 career saves in 20
13 Al Davis
The Raiders' owner and NFL Hall of Famer grew up in Brooklyn.
13 Joe Paterno
Penn State's Brooklyn-born football coach has 339 wins.
13 Lenny Wilkens
The Brooklynite is in the Hall of Fame as a player and coach.
14 USTA National Tennis Center
The former World's Fair site in Flushing is the home of tennis's
14 John McEnroe
The winner of seven Grand Slam singles titles is from Douglaston.
15 Randalls Island
The New York City island hosted the 1936 U.S. Olympic track
trials, at which Jesse Owens starred; a new $40 million track
stadium is under construction.
15 David Stern
The NBA commissioner grew up in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.
15 Manny Ramirez
The Red Sox slugger grew up in Manhattan's Washington Heights.
16 Yankee Stadium
The House that Ruth Built (erected 1922-23 on the site of a
former Bronx lumberyard at a cost of $2.5 million) has seen its
namesake residents win 26 World Series. The ballpark has also
hosted many other major sports events, including the Baltimore
Colts-New York Giants NFL title game in '58.
The famed Seven Blocks of Granite line played for the Bronx
university in the 1930s.
17 Harness Racing Hall of Fame
The Hall is in Goshen, near where the famed horse Hambletonian
was born, in 1849.
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