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Thu May 20, 2021, 07:55 PM

Your favorite sports star of all time? I'll start. Pistol Pete Maravich.

Pistol Pete Maravich - an amazing talent, so ahead of his time, and so very entertaining. He was one of those "did I really just witness that?" sort of performers, like my second favorite... the incomparable Secretariat.

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Reply Your favorite sports star of all time? I'll start. Pistol Pete Maravich. (Original post)
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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:01 PM

1. Ernie Banks or Walter Payton

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:02 PM

2. Muhammad Ali

The best eva.

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Response to multigraincracker (Reply #2)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:25 PM

14. Yep.

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Response to multigraincracker (Reply #2)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:29 PM

17. like the Pistol, an innovator.

I went to a Coldplay concert and they played an Ali clip... "ďGod is watching me. God donít praise me because I beat Joe Frazier. God donít give nothing about Joe Frazier. God donít care nothing about England or America as far as we aware of.Ē

My heart swelled.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:02 PM

3. Pete Rose or Bernie Kosar

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:03 PM

4. Bob Horner

Only because I met him at ASU. He never did live up to his potential but did hit 4 homers in a game once.

And I loved Pistol Pete, too. He was a great talent that comes once in a generation. Injuries shortened a career that would have been great.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:04 PM

5. I read "sports car" and was puzzled

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:14 PM

6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar...


...also Cyril Rioli (AFL) and like you, I adore a horse whose name is WINX.

Tikki

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:14 PM

7. Roberto Clemente

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:16 PM

8. From my childhood. This canadian kept winning World Superstars championships

as Brian Budd was a soccer player and the others were all from more musclely American sports. He ran circles around the other atheletes. You don't know what it meant to a Canadian bunch of kids to see that year after. I never saw him play soccer but he was a childhood favourite.

https://www.thestar.com/news/obituaries/2008/06/13/brian_budd_56_canadian_soccer_star.html

Another favourite from that era was Skinny Minnie Miller from Roller Derby.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #8)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:19 PM

9. I remember that show, but I don't remember him. Very interesting.

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #9)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:20 PM

11. 1977 - 79 he won. He was blond. Just the fact he was a soccer player

was such a Goliath vs. David type thing with the other athletes. Soccer players don't look out of the ordinary but they are by far the best athletes in terms of endurance.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #8)

Fri May 21, 2021, 12:53 PM

47. along the same line a french something, Guy Drew(?)

He weighed like 180 lbs and was able to press something like 350lbs.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:20 PM

10. Ali and Hank Aaron.

 

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:21 PM

12. Andre Agassi :)

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Response to Guilded Lilly (Reply #12)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:36 PM

23. Love him, but McEnroe makes my top ten. :)

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #23)

Thu May 20, 2021, 09:07 PM

36. "You can't be serious" 😉 ( a big fan, too!)

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:22 PM

13. Willie Mays...

...he could just do it all. And made it look exciting. I never saw Ruth--obviously--but I can't think of anyone else whom I'd put in Mays' class...

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Response to First Speaker (Reply #13)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:25 PM

15. And he played in that era when baseballs were especially tough to hit. I mean, Bob Gibson...

come on!

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #15)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:58 PM

32. And Clemente broke Gibson's leg

with a hit!

Oh, by the way, I'm torn between Mohammad Ali and Roberto Clemente......

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:28 PM

16. Walt "Clyde" Frazier

A man totally of his times in early 70s New York. Culturally in sync with the the city, an artistic master on both ends of the court and a leader on two championship teams. He made it look so easy. Itís not.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #16)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:30 PM

19. Yeah, but the Pistol scored 68 on Walt Frazier one night :)

Frazier was the undisputed defensive master among guards.

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #19)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:36 PM

24. Clyde was ok with that

He still talks about that game. Pete was en fuego.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:29 PM

18. Roberto Clemente

My hero growing up was Micky but Clemente was so great for s long and so great as a human being.

BTW, I got to see Pistol Pete play in person. Just amazing. Would cross half court and put it up from that far out. And make it!

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Response to Doc Sportello (Reply #18)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:33 PM

21. Pistol Pete was so great that in his senior season at LSU when he made his final appearances

at the opponents' arenas (Georgia, Florida, Mississippi State, Kentucky, etc.) the school officials there gave him going away ceremonies on the court, and the fans gave him standing ovations.

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #21)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:37 PM

25. I saw him in the same tournament with Calvin Murphy and Bob Lanier

It was the old All-College in OKC. Just amazing looking back that three HOFs were there. Maravich was the man.

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Response to Doc Sportello (Reply #25)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:38 PM

26. The three M's.... Maravich, Murphy, and Rick Mount


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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:32 PM

20. Babe Didrikson Zaharias might well be the best athlete of all time.



She excelled in several sports. But because she was born
female she never received the recognition she deserved.



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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #20)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:35 PM

22. I've been to the Babe Didrickson Museum down in Beaumont, TX

also remember a nice movie about her starring Susan Clark and Alex Karras.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:40 PM

27. Muhammad Ali

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Response to marmar (Reply #27)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:43 PM

29. Only one person listed so far that I really can't abide. Won't say who. LOL

but I just love Ali.

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Response to marmar (Reply #27)

Fri May 21, 2021, 10:09 PM

55. +1 Ali has my vote.

A truly wonderful man.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:42 PM

28. Reggie!!!

Whether he struck out or launched a dinger his at bats were must watch.

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Response to BlueNProud (Reply #28)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:44 PM

30. I always wished I had his looks. LOL

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:50 PM

31. Billie Jean King

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:58 PM

33. I'll say that ultimate team player, Bill Russell

The Celtics great. Ernie Banks was my favorite as a kid, but as I grew Russ became a favorite, Team first.
And those matchups against Wilt - who also stands high on my list.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 09:00 PM

34. Bjorn!

Borg.

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Response to BootinUp (Reply #34)

Thu May 20, 2021, 10:13 PM

42. I loved watching him play as well.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 09:02 PM

35. Arthur Ashe....

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Response to bahboo (Reply #35)

Thu May 20, 2021, 09:07 PM

37. Are you from Richmond?

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #37)

Thu May 20, 2021, 09:09 PM

38. nope...lifelong tennis fan....

and a fan of good humans....

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Response to bahboo (Reply #35)

Thu May 20, 2021, 10:13 PM

41. Ditto. He was not just a great player, phenomenal roll model, but a really good man

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 09:12 PM

39. Megan Rapinoe is a hero!

Watched her play four years at University of Portland.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 09:49 PM

40. Joe Calzaghe (retired undefeated boxer)

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 10:28 PM

43. My number 2 would be Marcus Allen.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 10:30 PM

44. Gordon Banks

yes indeed

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Response to Skittles (Reply #44)

Fri May 21, 2021, 11:20 PM

56. When I was in high school in the 70s my best friend had a

trans-Atlantic radio and we were in love with George Best the bad boy of soccer. Good memories.

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Response to Boomerproud (Reply #56)

Sat May 22, 2021, 03:32 AM

58. I too loved George, oh heck, I swear every girl in England did

but Gordon Banks was always my favorite football (er, soccer) player

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 10:37 PM

45. Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey, Jr

and Magic Johnson.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 10:51 PM

46. Larry Bird.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 12:54 PM

48. Dr J

Loved him as a kid.

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Response to jcgoldie (Reply #48)

Fri May 21, 2021, 01:06 PM

50. Among the three best players ever.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 12:56 PM

49. George Brett

I'm from KC. Highest batting average since Ted Williams' 400.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 01:37 PM

51. Jack Nicklaus, until he turned out to be a Trumper

Then Bobby Orr, till he turned out to be a Trumper too. So I'll go with Secretariat, no way he was a Trumper.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 08:30 PM

52. Jerry Rice

The greatest wide receiver of his era, possibly ever.

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Response to liberaltrucker (Reply #52)

Fri May 21, 2021, 08:36 PM

53. Either him or Randy Moss.

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #53)

Fri May 21, 2021, 09:15 PM

54. True.

Definitely a tossup.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Fri May 21, 2021, 11:44 PM

57. I'm a early entry fan to Team Agassi.

I caught an Andre Agassi semifinal match in Memphis in 1988. That sealed the deal. I'd no idea he was an American until the post match interview. He was spellbinding. I'd been a big tennis fan from 1973 on. Loved Borg. But I adopted Andre. Both me and my hubby would drive from Manhattan to whereever we could see him play.

His retirement in 2006 was a celebration given all the pain he played through. His book "Open" is wonderful. Read it if you can.

Open https://g.co/kgs/zdDmcW

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat May 22, 2021, 08:27 AM

59. Terry Bradshaw



I think he played football.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat May 22, 2021, 07:32 PM

60. Warrick Dunn. nt

 

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Response to RegularJam (Reply #60)

Sat May 22, 2021, 07:55 PM

61. He's from Baton Rouge, like me, and although he played for Florida State

he's still a local hero.

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #61)

Sat May 22, 2021, 08:50 PM

65. Fl State can go pound...

 

Local hero here in the Tampa Bay Area. What a good man.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat May 22, 2021, 08:19 PM

62. Dale Earnhardt and Kam Chancellor

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat May 22, 2021, 08:30 PM

63. MY FAVORITE SPORTS STAR OF ALL TIME???

number 42... RONNIE LOTT!!

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat May 22, 2021, 08:39 PM

64. I met Pistol Pete at the Maurice Stokes Basketball game

At Kutscher's country club in the Catskills in 1970.
I was 10. He was very nice.

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