20th Century Top 50|
Won four gold medals at 1984 Olympics, three medals
(two golds and a silver) at the '88 Olympics, two golds at
the '92 Olympics and a gold in the long jump in '96.
All-State at Roselle Park High; NBA Rookie of the Year with Warriors; 23.2 ppg for career.
Ran for more than 1,000 yards eight times in 13 seasons with Steelers; member of four Super Bowl-championship teams.
Amos Alonzo Stagg,
University of Chicago football coach (from 1892 to '32) was first to use center snap, onside kick, lateral and man in motion.
Last high schooler to break four-minute mile; ranked No. 1 in 1500 meters in 1969 and '71.
Hall of Fame outfielder batted .316 over career (1921
to '38); led AL in triples twice.
Football star at Carteret High; National League MVP
in 1937; played in nine
All-America at Old Dominion; 1983 National Player of
the Year; three-time Olympic team member.
Set high school records
in 120-yard and 110-meter high hurdles; held world record
in 110-meter high hurdles from 1979 to '89.
In 1920s, "Toy Bulldog"
held world welterweight and middleweight titles.
Five-time world figure skating champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist (1948, '52); at '52 Games
became first to do a triple
jump in competition.
All-state in four sports at
East Orange High; Negro leagues All-Star four times; drove in major league-leading 121 runs for 1951 Giants.
(Jersey) Joe Walcott,
Won heavyweight title at
age 37 in 1951 by knocking out Ezzard Charles.
American League's first black player, with Indians
(1947); seven-time All-Star.
Coached Giants to Super Bowl victories in 1987 and '91,
and Patriots to '96 AFC crown.
Set school shot put record at William and Mary; eight-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman helped Lions win three NFL titles in 1950s.
From 1973 to '83, Cowboys receiver caught then team-record 489 passes for 7,822
yards and 46 touchdowns.
Three-time All-America in basketball at Montclair State; twice led the nation in scoring.
Two-time All-America end was third black to enter Rutgers (1915-19); earned 12 letters in football, baseball, basketball, and track and field.
NFL center from 1953 to '67 made All-Pro eight times; played in 182 straight games.
NFL All-Pro in 1925 and
'26; 11 seasons as major league catcher; 24 years as
NFL official; 21 years as AL ump.
John Van Ryn,
One of best doubles players in U.S. history, winning 14
of 16 Davis Cup matches (with Wilmer Allison) and six
Grand Slam championships.
As light heavyweight won wrestling gold medal at 1948 Olympics and silver at '52 Games.
West New York|
Founded and coached Penn State gymnastics team for 38 years; won nine NCAA titles
and coached nine Olympians.
West Atlantic City|
Coached Immaculata College women's basketball team
to three straight AIAW titles (1971-72 to '73-74).
Quarterback set Notre Dame season record with 2,820 total yards in 1970; led Redskins to '83 Super Bowl victory.
Track star won gold in 1908 Olympics in 800 meters, 1,500
and medley relay, and at 1912 Games in 4x400 relay.
Hall of Famer played center and defensive back for Lions (from 1938 to '46) and Eagles ('46-50); was mainstay of two Philly title teams.
Swimmer won Olympic
gold in 1968 in 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle.
Won flyweight wrestling title
at 1904 Olympics and
bantanweight competition at
Nebraska All-America was only player with 1,000-yard receiving seasons for three NFL teams.
Light heavyweight champion won belt in 1941; set record
for quickest knockout in light heavyweight history (1:58
of the first round) with '48 win over Billy Fox.
West New York|
Won five national AAU all-around gymnastic titles (1934-'47) and 17 individual titles.
Chiefs free safety from 1981 to '91 had 50 career interceptions and played in six Pro Bowls.
Twenty-year major league outfielder made five All-Star teams and led AL with
200 hits for Red Sox in 1940.
Overbrook High All-America won Heisman Trophy and set NCAA Div. I alltime rushing record with 6,397 yards at Wisconsin from 1996 to '99.
As a high school senior, finished second in 1952 Olympic decathlon; won event in '56.
1954 All-America tackle at Penn State played in NFL from '55 to '66; helped Giants win four Eastern Conference titles.
In 1956 former Negro
leagues pitcher won the first Cy Young Award with
27-7 record and 3.06 ERA
Tennis star won five
straight U.S. singles titles
from 1907 to '11.
Salem High football and basketball star; was All-America and led the nation
with 174 points and 29 TDs at
Penn State in 1971.
Cy Young winner with Dodgers in 1988, when he pitched major league record 59 consecutive scoreless innings.
Starred at Holy Cross; played on eight Celtics NBA champion teams in 1950s and '60s; coached Boston to two titles.
One of four U.S. men to win Wimbledon and Australian titles in same year (1951); four times ranked in world's Top 10.
From 1915 to '24, coached Passaic High basketball team to 200-1 record and 159-game winning streak; won seven state titles.
Nebraska running back won 1983 Heisman Trophy with 2,148 rushing yards (179 per game) and 29 touchdowns.
In 1928 slick-fielding Cleveland Indian became only outfielder to initiate two triple plays
in one season; batted .303 from 1915 to '32.
NCAA 880-yard champion for Fordham in 1955; won track gold medals at '56 Olympics in 800 meters and 4x400 relay.
World's top sculler from 1937 to '41; developed shorter stroke that became standard.
Midfielder for U.S. Olympic soccer team in 1992 and '96; three-time All-America at Virginia.