Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century

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    5 tool baseball players are the best all-around athletes. Babe Ruth was not only head and shoulders above his peers as an offensive player, he was also an all-star defensive player, add to that, that he was one of the greatest pitchers of his time and my vote for greatest athlete of the 20th century goes to Babe Ruth-----goes to Babe Ruth, with apologies to Jordan, Thorpe, Didrikson-Zaharias, Ali, and Louis.





    Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century

    The top athletes of century as voted by a 16-member panel assembled by The Associated Press, with first place votes in parenthesis, points based on 100 points for a first place vote through one point for a 100th place vote:

    No. Athlete (1st place) Pts

    1. Babe Ruth (5) 1551
    2. Michael Jordan (4) 1524
    3. Jim Thorpe (3) 1471
    4. Muhammad Ali (2) 1462
    5. Wayne Gretzky 1368
    6. Jim Brown 1333
    7. Joe Louis (1) 1327
    8. Jesse Owens 1307
    9. Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1) 1254
    10. Wilt Chamberlain 1235

    11. Willie Mays 1182
    12. Jack Nicklaus 1167
    13. Ted Williams 1124
    14. Ty Cobb 1115
    15. Pele 1095
    16. Bill Russell 1071
    17. Lou Gehrig 1064
    18. Hank Aaron 1044
    19. Joe DiMaggio 1031
    20. Martina Navratilova 1026

    21. Carl Lewis 1009
    22. Gordie Howe 988
    23. Sugar Ray Robinson 949
    24. Larry Bird 945
    25. Ben Hogan 937
    26. Oscar Robertson 929
    27. Red Grange 905
    28. Walter Payton 882
    29. Jackie Robinson 875
    30. Rod Laver 863

    31. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 837
    32. Magic Johnson 835
    33. Arnold Palmer 814
    34. Sandy Koufax 792
    35. Mickey Mantle (tie) 785
    35. Mark Spitz 785
    37. Joe Montana 772
    38. Jack Dempsey 765
    39. Bobby Orr 729
    40. Jackie Joyner-Kersee 685

    41. Billie Jean King 683
    42. Walter Johnson 671
    43. Sammy Baugh 621
    44. Rocky Marciano (tie) 596
    44. Johnny Unitas 596
    46. Stan Musial 589
    47. Bobby Jones 572
    48. Rogers Hornsby 567
    49. Honus Wagner 560
    50. Jerry Rice 552

    51. Pete Sampras 550
    52. Nadia Comaneci 547
    53. Bill Tilden 537
    54. Don Hutson 533
    55. Chris Evert 509
    56. Cy Young 508
    57. Julius Erving 488
    58. Tiger Woods 483
    59. Roger Bannister 471
    60. Jerry West 451

    61. Rafer Johnson 447
    62. Maurice Richard 440
    63. Eric Heiden 437
    64. Lawrence Taylor 418
    65. Jean-Claude Killy 416
    66. Edwin Moses 415
    67. Nolan Ryan 403
    68. Steffi Graf 392
    69. Paavo Nurmi 386
    70. Bobby Hull 378

    71. Bob Mathias 376
    72. Christy Mathewson (tie) 371
    72. Bronco Nagurski 371
    74. Elgin Baylor 353
    75. Sam Snead 345
    76. Sonja Henie (tie) 344
    76. Wilma Rudolph 344
    78. Dick Butkus 340
    79. Bob Cousy 326
    80. Willlie Shoemaker 325

    81. Secretariat 311
    82. Cal Ripken Jr. 308
    83. Althea Gibson 302
    84. Mark McGwire 301
    85. John McEnroe 300
    86. Otto Graham 298
    87. O.J. Simpson 294
    88. Pete Rose 290
    89. Roger Staubach 289
    90. Don Budge 266

    91. Eddie Arcaro (tie) 262
    91. Juan Manuel Fangio 262
    93. Henry Armstrong 259
    94. Mario Lemieux 250
    95. Sugar Ray Leonard 246
    96. Mario Andretti 233
    97. Emil Zatopek 232
    98. Josh Gibson 223
    99. Warren Spahn 220
    100. Roberto Clemente (tie) 215
    100. Bob Gibson 215
     
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    You know it's bs when they list Woods and not Palmer, when Woods is chasing Palmers records.
     
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    There's a freaking horse on the list.

    :dunno:
     
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    ALi is so ovewrrateed is ts pathetic .................................

    Hid behind rope-a-dope.

    (and to think I was rooting forhim in Ali-Fazirer 1 on March 1971)
     
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    Secretariat is ranked at 81. I would rank Secretariat in the top 25, easily.

    Golfers are FRINGE athletes, at best. Tennis players aren't far behind.

    At least they didn't list any BOWLERS.
     
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    Romney can't even get "great athletes" right, and the person that moved this thread from "Politics" to "Sports" ain't payin' attention.


    Mitt Romney: Jack Nicklaus is the 20th century's greatest athlete - Sporting News


    Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate for the upcoming 2012 election, made waves by dipping his toes into the world of sports earlier this week during a campaign stop in Westerville, Ohio.

    Romney, according to CNN.com, called golf legend Jack Nicklaus "the greatest athlete of the 20th century."
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    Mitt Romney and Jack Nicklaus meet the crowd at a campaign stop in Ohio. At the stop, Romney called Nicklaus the greatest athlete of the 20th century. (AP Photo)​

    Later, Romney poked fun at his personal athleticism -- or lack thereof.

    "When I got the job to help organize the Olympic Winter Games in 2002, I knew that it was a bit ironic for a guy with such little athletic ability as myself to be able to be responsible for the largest athletic event in the world," Romney said. "My boys also saw the irony in it."

    Nicklaus is a native of Upper Arlington, Ohio and attended Ohio State University, hence his appearance on the campaign trail in his birth state. Romney's campaign had signs that said "The Golden Bear for Romney/Ryan," according to the Associated Press.
     
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    Well, maybe my Top 10 would be:

    1) Pele

    2) Muhammed Ali

    3) Maradona

    4) Federer

    5) George Best

    6) Tiger Woods

    7) Manny Pacquiao

    8) Serena Williams

    9) Jonah Lomu

    10) Beckham
     
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    Michael Jordan is the greatest athlete ever! No way you put a fat guy ahead of him!
     
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    The poll is stupid, but Ruth #1, a horse on the list, a golfer in the top 10? Crazy.
     
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    Where's Anderson Silva on this list?????
     

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