Arnold Palmer, Golfer
The charismatic Latrobe native boosted the popularity of his sport while winning 62 Tour events between 1955 and '73, including seven majors. Today he is a course designer, a pilot and the chairman of The Golf Channel.
Joe Montana, Football player
Brilliant in big games, the QB from New Eagle rallied Notre Dame to a comeback win in the 1979 Cotton Bowl and later was named the Super Bowl MVP three times. He led the 49ers to 10 playoff appearances and four Super Bowl wins.
Johnny Unitas, Football player
The Hall of Fame QB from Pittsburgh led the Colts to an overtime win in the 1958 NFL title game that lifted the sport to prominence. His record 47 straight games with a TD pass is unchallenged. He was drafted—and cut—by the Steelers.
Bill Tilden, Tennis player
The Babe Ruth of Tennis. From 1912 to '30 the Philadelphian won nearly three of every four tournaments he entered, including all eight major finals he reached from '20 through '25. Big Bill led the U.S. to seven consecutive Davis Cup titles.
Josh Gibson, Baseball player
The Negro leagues' greatest slugger moved to Pittsburgh as a teen. He caught for two of that city's Negro leagues teams, hitting more than 900 homers. Gibson died at 35, months before Jackie Robinson's 1947 big-league debut.
" Philadelphia is the only town where you can experience the thrill of victory and the agony of reading about it the next day."
—PHILLIES THIRD BASEMAN MIKE SCHMIDT, 1980