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June 13, 2004

Bob Gibson, Baseball player
One of the most intimidating pitchers ever, the Omaha native won
251 games in 17 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. His 1.12
ERA in 1968 was the best since 1914. The Hall of Famer was a
two-sport star at Creighton and played for the Harlem
Globetrotters in 1957-58.

Gale Sayers, Football player
The Chicago Bears running back, who grew up in Omaha, twice led
the NFL in rushing during a dazzling Hall of Fame career
shortened by injury. He scored a rookie-record 22 touchdowns in
1965, including six in one game.

Grover Cleveland Alexander, Baseball player
The Hall of Fame pitcher from Elba won 373 games and threw 90
shutouts between 1911 and '30, leading the National League in ERA
five times. His single-season record of 16 shutouts set in 1916
still stands.

Tom Osborne, Football coach
In a quarter century at Nebraska, the Hastings native and
Hastings College alum led his team to three national titles and
never won fewer than nine games in a season. He was the state's
high school and college athlete of the year as a football and
basketball player.

Sam Crawford, Baseball player
A speedster in the dead-ball era, Crawford hit a
big-league-record 312 triples. The Hall of Fame outfielder from
Wahoo had a career .309 batting average and 2,964 hits over 19
seasons. In 1901 he led the majors with 16 home runs, 12 of which
were inside the park.

Johnny Rodgers, Football player
The 1972 Heisman Trophy winner from Omaha gained a
then-national-record 5,487 all-purpose yards in three seasons at
Nebraska, winning two national titles. In the 1973 Orange Bowl
against Notre Dame he scored four touchdowns and threw for
another.

COLOR PHOTO: WALTER IOOSS JR. (GIBSON) COLOR PHOTO: TONY TOMSIC/SPORTSCHROME USA (SAYERS) B/W PHOTO: CHARLES COLON-TSN/ICON SMI (ALEXANDER) COLOR PHOTO: AL TIELEMANS (OSBORNE) B/W PHOTO: UPI (CRAWFORD) B/W PHOTO: MARTY LEDERHANDLER/AP (RODGERS)

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