20th Century Top 50
Brown Bomber's 12-year reign (1937-49) was longest of any heavyweight champion; won
25 consecutive title defenses.
Earvin (Magic) Johnson,
Took Michigan State
to 1979 NCAA championship; won three MVP awards
while leading Lakers to five NBA titles.
Had 2,839 career hits,
all as a Tiger; started at second base for AL in
first six All-Star Games.
All-America in football and basketball at Michigan in 1920s; coached Wolverines to '48 NCAA football title.
Won 80 games from 1944 to '46 with Tigers; two MVP awards and one world championship.
Averaged 26.8 points as senior at Detroit; player-coach of Pistons at age 24; pitched for White Sox; starred on two
NBA title teams with Knicks.
Two-time football All-America and three-time basketball team MVP at Michigan; played tight end for Lombardi's Packers.
All-America wide receiver at Michigan State; hit Game 5 homer to clinch 1984 World Series for Tigers; famed pinch homer for Dodgers in Game 1 in '88.
His four undefeated football teams from 1901 to '04 made Michigan a national power.
Won middleweight title in 1908; had a 52-4-4 record with 49 knockouts.
Wolverines won or tied for Big Ten football title 13 times in his 21 years (1969-89) as coach.
George (Iceman) Gervin,
Four-time scoring champion dropped NBA-record 33 points on Jazz in one quarter in 1978.
Won medals in Olympic weightlifting in 1948 (silver), '52 (gold), '60 (bronze)
and '64 (bronze); snatched
a heavyweight world-record 362 pounds in '62.
Led NFL with 12 interceptions as a rookie with the Redskins in 1964; finished career as league interceptions leader, with 81.
Scored 468 goals in 15-year NHL career, tops for a
U.S.-born center; played in 1984 and '98 Olympics.
All-America at Michigan
in 1970; made five All-Star teams with Rockets and coached them to '94 and
'95 NBA titles.
Thomas (Hit Man) Hearns,
From 1980 to '92, was
world champion in five classes, from welterweight
to light heavyweight.
Four-time All-America distance runner at Michigan was the last American man to win the Boston Marathon, in 1983.
Has trained 22 world champion boxers; was in opposite corner for Muhammad Ali's first
1996 Cy Young winner with a 24-8 record; has 2.77 ERA in 28 postseason games for Braves.
Won 100- and 200-meter
gold medals at 1932 Games; his Olympic record in the
100 stood for 28 years.
Three-time All-Big Ten quarterback at Michigan was also conference batting
champ in 1978 and '79; played 10 seasons in majors.
Title IX pioneer dived at Michigan and won springboard gold at 1972 Olympics.
AL's winningest southpaw in 1950s; won 211 games; pitched in four All-Star Games.
after freshman season
(32.1 ppg in 1968-69); averaged 20.3 points in
13-year pro career.
Leading scorer of Stars 1999 Stanley Cup winners; Stars' second-leading career scorer.
Legendary announcer has called Tigers games on radio, television or both since 1960.
Overcame polio to win Heisman as a halfback with unbeaten Army in 1958; at 43 became then youngest U.S. Army brigadier general ever.
Hit .349 with 24 homers,
102 RBIs for World Series champion Yankees in 1999.
Voted the Greatest
Women's Bowler of All-Time in 1973; won U.S. Open eight times between '49 and '63.
Two great contributions to Michigan football: coached 1947 national champs and conceived Wolverines' famous helmet design.
Turned the Juice loose as guard in Bills Electric Co. line of 1970s; six-time Pro Bowl player.
Two-time USOC Sportswoman of the Year; won three
speed skating medals at 1976 Olympics and won world championships in both cycling and skating in '73 and '76.
Was Cooperstown-bound before banishment because of 1919 Black Sox scandal; had 209 career wins, including 29 in '19.
Lone female crew member of 1992 America's Cup winner America3 captained the first all-female Cup crew in '95.
Has trained such champions as Thomas Hearns and Michael Moorer in his Kronk Center Gym.
Coached Michigan State football for 19 years, starting in 1954; '65 and '66 teams
had undefeated regular seasons.
Fab Fiver led Michigan to NCAA finals in 1992 and '93; top pick in '93 NBA draft.
In 1925, his second full season in majors, hit .357, led NL with 26 triples and drove in winning run in World Series for
Pirates; a .300 hitter 10 times.
Won nine letters at Michigan and was All-America halfback in 1922; coached Wolverines to national titles in '32 and '33.
Bought Tigers in 1907 and
built stadium for them
at corner of Michigan
and Trumbull in '12.
Three-time MLS All-Star and national team mainstay
on defense was U.S.'s most recognizable soccer player.
Three-time 20-game winner; 283 career victories; 16 straight Gold Gloves (1962-77).
Jerome (the Bus) Bettis,
Was 1993 NFL Rookie of the Year; rushed for 1,000 yards in
five of first six NFL seasons.
Dell and Connie Sweeris,
Husband-and-wife table tennis champions combined for 25 national titles from 1965 to '73; both are in the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame.
Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb,
Most imposing player of his day; a defensive lineman in
three Pro Bowls before death in 1963 at age 31.
Wearing borrowed skates, 23-year-old barber won 500-meter speed skating gold in 1964 Olympics; got silver in '68.
pitcher had career record of 338-26 and an 0.15
ERA with Raybestos Brakettes.
Yankees first baseman was
AL home run champ in 1916 and '17 before suffering untimely headache in '25 and losing job to Lou Gehrig.
Center on Michigan football teams from 1932 to '34; 38th president of the United States.