Dean Smith, Basketball coach
The winningest college hoops coach in history (879 victories), Smith led North Carolina to 23 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and two national titles (1982 and '93). He grew up in Emporia and won an NCAA title in 1952 as a reserve guard at Kansas.
Walter Johnson, Baseball player
The Big Train won 417 games—second on the alltime list to Cy Young—despite pitching for generally mediocre Washington Senators' teams for 21 seasons. Armed with a wicked fastball, the righthander from Humboldt had an ERA of 2.36 and 110 shutouts, the most ever.
Adolph Rupp, Basketball coach
The Halstead native and Phog Allen disciple coached at the University of Kentucky from 1930 to 72, guiding the Wildcats to an 876-190 record, four NCAA championships and an NIT title. He held the career wins mark until Dean Smith eclipsed it in 1997.
Jim Ryun, Middle-distance runner
The first high schooler to run a sub-four-minute mile, he made the 1964 Olympic team while still at East High in Wichita. The Kansas alum held world records at 880 yards, a mile and 1,500 meters, and won Olympic silver in the 1,500 in '68. He is now a U.S. Congressman.
Maurice Greene, sprinter
The Kansas City native and Kansas City Kansas Community College alum set the world record in the 100 meters (9.79 seconds) in 1999 and earned two gold medals at the 2000 Olympics, in the 100 and the 4 x 100 relay. He's also a three-time world champ in the 100.