In recognition of Mother's Day, here's a look at the impact of the Top 10 mothers in sports.
1. Fanny Blankers-Koen
The "Flying Housewife" first qualified for the Olympics as an 18-year-old in 1936, finishing sixth in the high jump. By the time the Games returned in 1948 after a 12-year absence due to World War II, Blankers-Koen was a then-ancient 30-year-old with two children. Few regarded her as a serious competitor, but Blankers-Koen won four gold medals by winning the 100, the 200, the 80-meter hurdles and anchoring the victorious 4x100 Dutch team despite receiving the baton in fourth place. No female track and field athlete has matched that haul in a single Games.
2. Helen Candaele St. Aubin
Picture Geena Davis from A League of Their Own, because Candaele was the model. Candaele, then Helen Callaghan, joined the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1944 with her sister Marge. Helen eventually became known as the "Ted Williams of women's baseball." But she had much better speed than the Splendid Splinter, swiping 114 bases one season in addition to leading the league in batting average in 1945. Helen married a hockey player and had five sons, hitting them grounders and fly balls and teaching them to hit. One of them, Casey Candaele, later played nine seasons in the majors. A second son, Kelly, made a documentary about the AAGPL that was adapted into the feature film.
3. Joy Fawcett
The soccer defender interspersed 17 years on the U.S. national team with giving birth to three daughters. Fawcett was the only player to play every minute of the 1995, 1999 and 2003 World Cups and the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, even though she gave birth in 1994 (Katelyn), 1997 (Carli) and 2001 (Madilyn). Fawcett helped the U.S. win two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles along the way. She and fellow mom-defender Carla Overbeck even convinced the U.S. Soccer Federation to provide a full-time nanny in 1999.
4. Juno Irwin
The American diver won Olympic bronze on the platform in 1952 while 3½ months pregnant with her second child. Irwin returned four years later in Melbourne (with three kids in tow) to add a silver. Then in 1960, she finished fourth in Rome. Honorable mention goes to German archer Cornelia Pfohl, who competed in Athens while seven months pregnant. Pfohl finished out of the medals, but did score a bronze during the 2000 Games in Sydney while a mere three months with child.
5. Nancy Lopez
The Hall of Fame golfer had three daughters with former third baseman Ray Knight in the midst of her career. Of her 48 career LPGA victories, 21 have come as a mom, including two of her three majors. Jack Nicklaus is famous for maintaining his focus while raising a large brood, but the Golden Bear never actually had to deliver any cubs. Juli Inkster earns honorable mention by playing her best golf as a mother of two daughters, winning four majors from 1999-02, the last with a 12-year-old and an 8-year-old along for the ride.