The 100 greatest American athletes

by Gitlin, Marty,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Nonfiction 796.0922 G447
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  796.0922 G447
From Babe Ruth to Michael Phelps, Billie Jean King to Tony Hawk, American athletes have been a source of pride and accomplishment throughout the nation's history. While there have been plenty of athlete biographies, sports profiles, and behind-the scenes looks at various professional sports, no book has attempted to rank the greatest American athletes of all time. Until now. In The 100 Greatest American Athletes, Martin Gitlin ranks the best of the best using a point system to assess each individual's achievements, versatility, and athleticism, as well as the physical requirements of the sport or sports in which they participated. The final tally of these points provides the ranking for each athlete in the book, which is sure to spark lively conversation. Some of the most iconic names in sports history can be found here, including Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Larry Byrd, LeBron James, Mickey Mantle, Joe Montana, Jesse Owens, Mark Spitz, Tiger Woods, and Babe Didrikson Zaharias. It can be difficult to compare bobsledders to boxers, figure-skaters to football players, shot-putters to skiers. This book, however, attempts to do just that in an accurate, fair manner that honors those who made valuable contributions to American sports and culture. Sports fans will undoubtedly enjoy debating the ranking of these remarkable individuals, making The 100 Greatest American Athletes a must read.
Jim Thorpe : the sports conqueror
Michael Jordan : His Airness
Bob Mathias : the manchild
Jim Brown : the indestructible
Michael Phelps : the Baltimore Bullet
Deion Sanders : Prime Time
LeBron James : the Chosen One
Jackie Joyner-Kersee : magnificent heptathlete
Rafer Johnson : Renaissance man
Muhammad Ali : the Louisville Lip
Willie Mays : the Say Hey Kid
Babe Ruth : the Sultan of Swat
Ashton Eaton : Wheels
Babe Didrikson Zaharias : the master of all
Wilt Chamberlain : Wilt the Stilt
Jackie Robinson : the barrier breaker
Rickey Henderson : the Man of Steal
Bo Jackson : the freakish talent
Jesse Owens : to hell with Hitler
Henry Aaron : Hammerin' Hank
Tom Brady : Tom Terrific
Lawrence Taylor : L.T.
Carl Lewis : King Carl
Reggie White : the Minister of Defense
Bruce Jenner : Bruiser
Ray Robinson : Sugar
Don Hutson : the Alabama Antelope
Bob Hayes : Bullet Bob
Bill Russell : Mr. Rings
Deacon Jones : the Secretary of Defense
Sandy Koufax : the Left Arm of God
Mickey Mantle : the Mick
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar : the Big "A"
Lou Gehrig : the Iron Horse
Emlen Tunnell : offense on Defense
Jerry West : Zeke from Cabin Creek
Anthony Munoz : the great protector
Oscar Charleston : the Black Ty Cobb
Earvin Johnson : Magic
Joe Louis : the Brown Bomber
Kobe Bryant : the Black Mamba
Serena Williams : Momma Smash
Honus Wagner : the Flying Dutchman
Julius Erving : Dr. J
Gale Sayers : the Kansas Comet
Mary Wambach : Abby
Jerry Rice : Flash 80
Pete Sampras : Pistol Pete
Eric Heiden : the record breaker
Shaun White : the Flying Tomato
Simone Biles : Simoney
Stan Musial : Stan the Man
Willie Pep : Will 'O the Wisp
Walter Payton : Sweetness
Althea Gibson : the tenacious one
Henry Armstrong : Homicide Hank
Joe Montana : Joe Cool
Mike Tyson : the Baddest Man on the Planet
Dick Butkus : the Maestro of Mayhem
Tracy Caulkins : the medley sensation
Michael Johnson : the Duck
Bob Beamon : leap of a lifetime
Oscar Robertson : the Big O
Mike Schmidt : Iron Mike
Larry Bird : the Hick from French Lick
Lindsey Vonn : Kildon
Karl Malone : the Mailman
Mike Trout : the Millville Meteor
Cheryl Miller : big sister
Mark Spitz : Mark the Shark
Tony Hawk : the Bird Man
Joe DiMaggio : the Yankee Clipper
Peggy Fleming : the steel-nerved skater from San Jose
Walter Johnson : the Big Train
Barry Sanders : the Little Fella
Ty Cobb : the Georgia Peach
Bonnie Blair : the Blur
Secretariat : Big Red
Rocky Marciano : the Brockton Blockbuster
Red Grange : the Galloping Ghost
Chris Chelios : the Godfather of USA Hockey
Chris Evert : the Ice Maiden
Al Oerter : He-Man heave man
Mary T. Meagher : Madame Butterfly
Lisa Leslie : Smooth
O.J. Simpson : the Juice
Billie Jean King : the male chauvinist pig tamer
Wilma Rudolph : the Tornado
Kelly Slater : King Kelly
Johnny Unitas : the Golden Arm
Ted Williams : the Splendid Splinter
Greg Louganis : dynamite diver
Josh Gibson : the Black Babe Ruth
Edwin Moses : the Bionic Man
Jack Nicklaus : the Golden Bear
Rogers Hornsby : the Rajah
Florence Griffith Joyner : Flo-Jo
Gabby Douglas : the Flying Squirrel
Lynette Woodard : the Globetrotter
Eldrick Woods : Tiger.

Additional Information
Subjects Athletes -- United States -- Biography.
Athletes -- Rating of.
Sports -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Sports -- United States -- History.
Publisher Lanham, Maryland :2018
Other Titles One hundred greatest American athletes
Language English
Description xi, 385 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781538110263
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