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SI honors world's greatest athletes
Backstage, following Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports
Awards show last Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, 19 of
the attending athletes sat for SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr.
as he took this historic picture. Last row from left: Bob Beamon, Jackie
Joyner-Kersee, Billie Jean King, Evander Holyfield, Chris Evert,
John Elway, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods. Second
row: Pete Sampras, Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali, Pele, Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar, Jack Nicklaus, Carl Lewis, Monica Seles, Wayne
Gretzky. Front: Joe Montana Walter Iooss Jr.
The biggest names in sports gathered in New York's Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2, 1999, for Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards. The festivities began with a list of 42 nominees in seven categories, with one winner selected from each group.
The first award of the night, for the century's greatest football player, went to Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown. The last, for the SI Sportsman of the Century, went to the great Muhammad Ali.
The envelope, please ...
Closer Look: The best in awe of the best
Notebook: Trump works the room
Roster of nominees
Baseball | Basketball
Football | Hockey | Olympians
Individual Men | Individual Women
The Night in Pictures
Some of the world's greatest athletes were on hand for Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards show. CNNSI.com had a camera at Madison Square Garden and captured some of celebrities backstage.
Here's your chance to relive the century's greatest evening in sports.
The audience gave Ali a standing ovation, and once again the
champ electrified the Garden with a short, emotional speech.
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