THE ALLTIME BEST
Ohio's greatest homegrown sports figures
Sprinter, long jumper
In 1936 he showed up Hitler by winning four Olympic golds. A year earlier, as a Buckeyes sophomore, he had set or tied four world records at a single meet. Owens was born in Danville, Ala., but grew up in Cleveland.
Major league infielder
Four years before he was banned from the sport, in 1989 for gambling, the Cincinnati native gave Riverfront Stadium one of its greatest moments when he broke Ty Cobb's alltime hits record there.
Ohio State running back
The 5'9" 180-pounder from Columbus is the only player to win two Heisman Trophies. He led the Buckeyes to four Big Ten titles from 1972 to 75 and had an NCAA-record 31 consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
The Golden Bear won the last of his record 18 pro majors titles in 1986, when, at 46, he earned his sixth Masters jacket. He is from Columbus, and his alma mater, Ohio State, houses the Jack Nicklaus Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Famer from Norwalk was coach of the Browns—who were named after him—and owner and coach of the Bengals. Practices credited to him include film study and sending plays in from the sideline.
Hall of Fame third baseman
The Dayton native, perhaps the greatest ever at his position, hit 548 home runs, won 10 Gold Gloves and led the Philadelphia Phillies to their only World Series title, in 1980. He won three NL MVP awards.
"The activity of the brain is what generates hair growth.... My own hair stands sentry over a brain that can emulate and imitate any of the great thinkers of yesteryear."
—DON KING, CLEVELAND-BORN BOXING PROMOTER, IN FROM HAIR TO ETERNITY, SI, DEC 10, 1990