3 McCoy Stadium
Sixty-one-year-old home of Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox, whose players have included Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs and Mo Vaughn. The park is expecting its 10 millionth paid fan in early August.
4 Davey Lopes
Canny base stealer and four-time All-Star second baseman is from East Providence and has a recreation center named in his honor.
5 Glenna Collett Vare
LPGA award for lowest season scoring average is named for this six-time U.S. Amateur champ (1920s and '30s) from Providence,
6 Mark van Eeghen
Bruising Oakland Raiders fullback from Cranston earned two Super Bowl rings (77, '81).
7 Brad Faxon
Barrington resident has seven PGA Tour victories, the most among a state contingent that includes Billy Andrade and Brett Quigley.
The sailing hotbed and home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame is also the state's SI Sportstown, for having Rhode Island's best community sports programs. Offerings range from surfing to fall baseball, with no-cut policies and an emphasis on sportsmanship.
9 University of Rhode Island
The Kingston school is home to the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame and a strong hoops tradition. In the '20s coach Frank Keaney honed the fast break. Jim Harrick's 1997-98 squad made the NCAA Elite Eight. NBA stars Cuttino Mobley and Lamar Odom are former Rams.
Providence has never partied as it did in 1961. After the Friars, led by 5'8" Vinnie Ernst, beat Saint Louis 62-59 for the NIT title, fans lined Route 6 to cheer the team bus home. School president the Reverend Robert J. Slavin would later say, "Seven hundred years of Dominican scholarship, and nobody ever heard of us until we put five kids on the floor at Madison Square Garden."