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13 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

http://www.worldgolfhalloffame.org/sam-snead/

This says that Snead was born in Ashwood, VA.  He worked as a youngster, and then as a pro, at the Homestead, in Hot Springs.  It was only later that he became pro at the Greenbrier in WV.  I imagine that both states would be proud to claim him.

My bad

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14 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

http://www.worldgolfhalloffame.org/sam-snead/

This says that Snead was born in Ashwood, VA.  He worked as a youngster, and then as a pro, at the Homestead, in Hot Springs.  It was only later that he became pro at the Greenbrier in WV.  I imagine that both states would be proud to claim him.

But was he born when they were one state?? Hmmm? (just a 'your so old' joke).:-P

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From left to right I'd have Bobby Jones, Ty Cobb, Hulk Hogan, and Jackie Robinson.  I'm counting on the eloquence of Jones, and the bulk of Hogan, to keep the lid on the other two.

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Alabama

Paul "Bear" Bryant -- born in Arkansas, but impossible to leave him off a sports list about Alabama
Henry "Hank" Aaron -- Mobile, AL
Carl Lewis -- Birmingham, AL (9 Olympic Golds)
Vincent "Bo" Jackson -- Bessemer, AL (about 10 miles from my house growing up...played for our HS's rival)

Joe Louis (boxer) -- Don't know how I can leave him off, really.  Probably should replace Bo, but Bo was in my lifetime so I still have all those highlights in my head. 

I'm likely being an idiot and forgetting someone major-important.  I'll blame a bad head cold and serious lack of sleep.  ;-)

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23 hours ago, BamaWade said:

I'm likely being an idiot and forgetting someone major-important.  I'll blame a bad head cold and serious lack of sleep. 

You can't leave Bo off. 

I get the thing about Bear Bryant, but I think Joe Louis has got to be there. It's a really tough call who you'd leave off.

The biggest guy you didn't mention was Willie Mays, Westfield, AL. 

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On 9/28/2018 at 8:46 AM, mcanadiens said:

I'll go with:

Jack Nicklaus, Columbus

Jesse Owens, Cleveland

Paul Brown, Massillon

Ken Griffey Jr., Cincinnati

* By athletic achievement Pete Rose would be there, but I can't have him. 

Jack Nicklaus

Jesse Owens

Lebron James

My 4th is a tossup between these 2 

  1. Archie Griffin - 3x all american at OSU, 2x heisman trophy winner
  2. Roger Staubach - Heisman trophy winner, 2 super bowl wins

Lebron is a no-brainer IMO. He's arguably the best basketball player to ever play the game and he's still adding to the legacy, multiple championships including one in Cleveland, has given millions of dollars back to his hometown/community, doesnt get in trouble, speaks out on social issues, etc etc.

There are a number of others I considered, like Bobby Knight, Woddy Hayes, Don Shula, but I wanted to keep my list to only players.

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13 minutes ago, mcanadiens said:

The biggest guy you didn't mention was Willie Mays, Westfield, AL. 

Yeah, I did remember Mays being from AL (Birmingham area), but for some reason I just know a lot more about Hank.  Maybe it's being a Braves fan, or the long-held home run record (and that iconic footage)...or just plain baseball history-ignorance on my part.  I agree -- tough call.  Really, hard to leave off any of the 6.

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21 minutes ago, klineka said:

Lebron is a no-brainer IMO. He's arguably the best basketball player to ever play the game and he's still adding to the legacy, multiple championships including one in Cleveland, has given millions of dollars back to his hometown/community, doesnt get in trouble, speaks out on social issues, etc etc.

There are a number of others I considered, like Bobby Knight, Woddy Hayes, Don Shula, but I wanted to keep my list to only players.

Yeah. Ok. 

I let my bias against basketball, and the NBA in particular, cause me to omit LeBron. Griffey would be the one out. That was silly of me.

Cough. ... Screw the NBA. Cough, cough.

Keeping it to players is your choice, but the influence of Paul Brown was massive and would have to be recognized on Ohio's Sports Mt. Rushmore. 

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Without narrowing it down much at all:

  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Johnny Unitas
  • Joe Montana
  • Josh Gibson
  • Honus Wagner
  • Dan Marino
  • Bill Tilden
  • Stan Musial
  • Christy Mathewson
  • Joe Namath
  • Larry Holmes
  • Tony Dorsett
  • Eddie Plank
  • Reggie Jackson
  • George Blanda
  • Nellie Fox
  • Earl Monroe
  • Roy Campanella
  • Betsy King
  • Mario Andretti
  • Fred Biletnikoff
  • Joe McCarthy
  • Mike Powell
  • Mike Piazza
  • Art Rooney
  • Willie Mosconi
  • Mike Ditka
  • Jim Kelly
  • Dick Groat
  • Ken Griffey Sr.

My votes (for now) are in bold.

Not a lot of hockey players. Yet.

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On 10/24/2018 at 8:00 AM, DaveP043 said:

http://www.worldgolfhalloffame.org/sam-snead/

This says that Snead was born in Ashwood, VA.  He worked as a youngster, and then as a pro, at the Homestead, in Hot Springs.  It was only later that he became pro at the Greenbrier in WV.  I imagine that both states would be proud to claim him.

Yup! Snead went to Greenbrier when they offered him more money!

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I’ll try

Duke Kahanamoku

Eddie Aikau

Shane Victorino

Ted Makalena

iSank

in 15 years maybe Marcus Mariotta 

in 20 years maybe Tua Tagovailoa 

Narrowed down to Ted, Duke, Shane and me.

looks good to me.

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