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1
Who is:

Hank Aaron

  • American baseball right fielder who played for the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers from 1954 to 1976
  • Best known for breaking Babe Ruth's longstanding all-time home runs record

2
Who is:

Muhammad Ali

  • American heavyweight boxer active during the 1960s and 70s
  • Often called the "Greatest Of All Time", he was one of the most important athletes of the 20th century
  • He famously changed his name from Cassius Clay after joining the Nation of Islam
  • He won historic matches against Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman

3
Who is:

Arthur Ashe

  • American tennis player active from 1969 to 1980
  • Only African-American man to have won three different major championships

4
Who is:

Ty Cobb

  • Hall of Fame American baseball outfielder who played most famously for the Detroit Tigers in the 1900s, 1910s, and 1920s
  • He still holds the records for highest career batting average and most career batting titles

5
Who is:

Lou Gehrig

  • American baseball first baseman who played for the New York Yankees in the 1920s and 30s
  • Arguably the greatest first baseman ever, he was a 6-time World Series champion and a 2-time AL MVP
  • He was forced to retire in 1939 due to ALS, which claimed his life two years later

6
Who is:

Michael Jordan

  • American basketball shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards from 1984-2003
  • Regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, he became one of the most famous athletes and celebrities in the world in the 1980s and 90s
  • He is known for his signature line of sneakers, his dunking and scoring ability, and his competitive will
  • He owns the highest per game scoring average in NBA history
  • Won 2 three-peats of NBA championships in the 1990s

7
Who is:

Jesse Owens

American track and field sprinter and long jumper who famously starred in the 1936 Summer Olympics, winning 4 gold medals

8
Who is:

Babe Ruth

  • American baseball pitcher and right fielder who played most famously for the New York Yankees in the 1910s, 20s, and 30s
  • Widely regarded as the greatest baseball player ever, he became a well-known celebrity in the Roaring Twenties and helped transform baseball
  • He notably held the record for career home runs until 1974, when Hank Aaron broke his record

9
Who is:

Jackie Robinson

  • American baseball second baseman who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and 50s
  • He is best known for being the first black MLB player of the modern era, breaking the color line when he debuted with the Dodgers in 1947
  • He was also a 6-time All-Star, 1-time World Series champion, and 1-time NL MVP
  • His number 42 is retired by all MLB teams

10
Who is:

Jim Thorpe

  • American athlete of the 20th century who played multiple sports
  • Of mixed Native American and European American ancestry, he most famously won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics
  • Considered one of the greatest pure athletes ever, he also spent time playing professional football, baseball, and basketball

11
Who is:

Tiger Woods

  • American golfer who is seen by many as the best golfer of all time
  • Ever since turning pro in 1996 and memorably winning the 1997 Masters, he has broken many records and currently has the most career major wins and career PGA Tour wins of any active golfer
  • After dominating the sport during the 2000s, an admission of infidelity and subsequent divorce led to a slump in 2010-11, but he has since returned to top-3 form

12
Who is:

Roger Federer

  • Swiss tennis player who is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, if not the greatest
  • Winner of a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles
  • Notably has a longstanding rivalry with Rafael Nadal

13
Who is:

Jack Nicklaus

  • American golfer who turned professional in 1961 and is widely viewed as the most accomplished golfer of all time
  • He notably holds the record for most career major championships, winning his final major at the 1986 Masters
  • He had a long rivalry with American golfer Arnold Palmer

14
Who is:

Arnold Palmer

  • American golfer who turned pro in 1954 and became the first superstar of the sport's television age
  • He had a rivalry with his friend Jack Nicklaus and won 7 major championships
  • His name is used to designate a drink consisting of lemonade and iced tea

15
Who is:

Magic Johnson

  • American basketball point guard who played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • He is generally regarded as the greatest point guard ever, noted for his great size for the position
  • He is remembered for his showmanship and passing ability, and for helping to popularize the NBA on an international level along with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan
  • He won the NBA MVP award 3 times and won 5 NBA championships

16
Who is:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • American basketball center who played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s
  • A 3-time NCAA champion with John Wooden's UCLA Bruins and famous for his Sky Hook, he went on to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer
  • After converting to Islam in 1968, he notably changed his name from Lew Alcindor in 1971
  • He won a record 6 regular season MVP awards and 6 NBA championships

17
Who is:

Larry Bird

  • American basketball small forward who played for the Boston Celtics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Known for his all-around skills and shooting ability, he helped popularize basketball as a global game along with Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson
  • He was a 3-time NBA MVP and a 3-time NBA champion
  • He later became a coach and executive, and is the only person in NBA history to be named MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year

18
Who is:

Pelé

  • Brazilian soccer striker who played most famously for Santos in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • Considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, having scored over 1000 goals in his career
  • Winner of a record 3 World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962, and 1970

19
Who is:

Wayne Gretzky

  • Canadian ice hockey center who most famously played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, and New York Rangers in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Nicknamed The Great One, he is widely regarded as the greatest hockey player ever, and holds numerous records
  • Most notably, he is the leading point-scorer in NHL history, and also won 9 Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player
  • He won 4 Stanley Cup championships with the Oilers in the 80s

20
Who is:

Diego Maradona

  • Argentine soccer attacker who played most notably for Boca Juniors, FC Barcelona, and Napoli from the 1970s through the 1990s
  • Considered the greatest player of all time along with Brazil's Pelé
  • Famously led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title

21
Name the sports figure:

  • American baseball right fielder who played for the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers from 1954 to 1976
  • Best known for breaking Babe Ruth's longstanding all-time home runs record

Hank Aaron

22
Name the sports figure:

  • American heavyweight boxer active during the 1960s and 70s
  • Often called the "Greatest Of All Time", he was one of the most important athletes of the 20th century
  • He famously changed his name from Cassius Clay after joining the Nation of Islam
  • He won historic matches against Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman

Muhammad Ali

23
Name the sports figure:

  • American tennis player active from 1969 to 1980
  • Only African-American man to have won three different major championships

Arthur Ashe

24
Name the sports figure:

  • Hall of Fame American baseball outfielder who played most famously for the Detroit Tigers in the 1900s, 1910s, and 1920s
  • He still holds the records for highest career batting average and most career batting titles

Ty Cobb

25
Name the sports figure:

  • American baseball first baseman who played for the New York Yankees in the 1920s and 30s
  • Arguably the greatest first baseman ever, he was a 6-time World Series champion and a 2-time AL MVP
  • He was forced to retire in 1939 due to ALS, which claimed his life two years later

Lou Gehrig

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Name the sports figure:

  • American basketball shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards from 1984-2003
  • Regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, he became one of the most famous athletes and celebrities in the world in the 1980s and 90s
  • He is known for his signature line of sneakers, his dunking and scoring ability, and his competitive will
  • He owns the highest per game scoring average in NBA history
  • Won 2 three-peats of NBA championships in the 1990s

Michael Jordan

27
Name the sports figure:

American track and field sprinter and long jumper who famously starred in the 1936 Summer Olympics, winning 4 gold medals

Jesse Owens

28
Name the sports figure:

  • American baseball pitcher and right fielder who played most famously for the New York Yankees in the 1910s, 20s, and 30s
  • Widely regarded as the greatest baseball player ever, he became a well-known celebrity in the Roaring Twenties and helped transform baseball
  • He notably held the record for career home runs until 1974, when Hank Aaron broke his record

Babe Ruth

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Name the sports figure:

  • American baseball second baseman who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and 50s
  • He is best known for being the first black MLB player of the modern era, breaking the color line when he debuted with the Dodgers in 1947
  • He was also a 6-time All-Star, 1-time World Series champion, and 1-time NL MVP
  • His number 42 is retired by all MLB teams

Jackie Robinson

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Name the sports figure:

  • American athlete of the 20th century who played multiple sports
  • Of mixed Native American and European American ancestry, he most famously won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics
  • Considered one of the greatest pure athletes ever, he also spent time playing professional football, baseball, and basketball

Jim Thorpe