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GREAT Comebacks in SPORTS HISTORY
February 12, 1996
TED WILLIAMS THE RED SOX OUTFIELDER MISSED THE 1943, '44 AND '45 SEASONS WHILE SERVING AS A MARINE PILOT, BUT HE WAS THE AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP IN '46 AND A TRIPLE CROWN WINNER IN '47.
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February 12, 1996

Great Comebacks In Sports History

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TED WILLIAMS
THE RED SOX OUTFIELDER MISSED THE 1943, '44 AND '45 SEASONS WHILE SERVING AS A MARINE PILOT, BUT HE WAS THE AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP IN '46 AND A TRIPLE CROWN WINNER IN '47.

BEN HOGAN
THE 1948 PGA PLAYER OF THE YEAR SUFFERED FRACTURES OF THE PELVIS, SHOULDER, RIBS AND ANKLE IN A CAR CRASH IN FEBRUARY 1949, BUT HE RECOVERED AND WON THE U.S. OPEN IN '50, '51 AND '53.

MICHAEL JORDAN
THE SEVEN-TIME NBA SCORING CHAMP QUIT BASKETBALL IN 1993 AND SPENT A YEAR TRYING TO BECOME A BASEBALL PLAYER-ONLY TO RETURN TO THE COURT, WHERE THIS YEAR HE HAS LED THE BULLS TO A RECORD-BREAKING 41-4 START.

TONY CONIGLIARO
BEANED IN 1967 BY A PITCH THAT NEARLY COST HIM SIGHT IN HIS LEFT EYE, THE RED SOX SLUGGER RETURNED IN '69 TO HIT A HOMERUN ON OPENING DAY AND THEN HAD HIS BEST YEAR IN '70, WITH 36 HOMERS.

PABLO MORALES
A GOLD-MEDAL-WINNING SWIMMER IN THE 1984 GAMES, HE FAILED TO MAKE THE '88 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM AND SPENT THE NEXT TWO YEARS IN LAW SCHOOL. HE RETURNED TO THE SPORT IN '91 AND WON TWO GOLD MEDALS IN THE '92 GAMES.

MARIO LEMIEUX
AFTER TAKING THE 1994-95 SEASON OFF TO RECOVER FROM BACK SURGERY AND TREATMENT FOR HODGKIN'S DISEASE, THE PENGUINS' CENTER LED THE NHL IN SCORING AT WEEK'S END.

KAROLY TAKACS
HIS RIGHT HAND WAS BLOWN OFF BY A GRENADE IN 1938, BUT THE HUNGARIAN WORLD CHAMP LEARNED TO SHOOT WITH HIS LEFT AND WON A GOLD MEDAL IN THE '48 OLYMPICS.

ANA QUIROT
A BRONZE MEDALIST IN THE 1992 OLYMPICS, SHE WAS BADLY BURNED IN A HOUSE FIRE IN HAVANA THE NEXT YEAR. AFTER AN ARDUOUS RECOVERY, SHE WON THE 800 METERS AT THE '95 WORLDS.

GREG LeMOND
AFTER WINNING THE 1986 TOUR DE FRANCE, THE AMERICAN CYCLIST WAS SHOT IN THE SIDE IN A HUNTING ACCIDENT A YEAR LATER. NONETHELESS, HE WON THE '89 AND '90 TOURS.

MUHAMMAD ALI
THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION WAS STRIPPED OF HIS TITLE AFTER REFUSING INDUCTION INTO THE ARMY IN 1967, BUT HE RETURNED IN '70 AND LATER REGAINED HIS CHAMPIONSHIP-TWICE.

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