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John Stockton, Basketball player
The NBA's alltime leader in assists (15,806) and steals (3,265) retired in 2003 at age 41 after missing only 54 games in 19 seasons as a guard with the Jazz. The original Dream Teamer lives in Spokane, where he was born and raised; he played his college ball at hometown Gonzaga.
Drew Bledsoe, Football player
The top pick in the 1993 draft, out of Washington State, the Ellensburg native has thrown for a total of more than 35,000 yards with the Patriots and the Bills. Last year the four-time All-Pro set Buffalo records for passing yards in a game (463) and a season (4,359).
Ryne Sandberg, Baseball player
The 1984 National League MVP, a Spokane native, played in 10 consecutive All-Star Games from 1984 to '93. He was a .285 career hitter and a defensive wiz for the Cubs; his 123 consecutive errorless games in 1989 and '90 are still an NL record for a second baseman.
Mel Hein, Football player
Nicknamed Old Indestructible, the pro Hall of Famer and 1938 NFL MVP played offense and defense for the New York Giants and never missed a game in 15 seasons. He starred at center and linebacker at Burlington High and led Washington State to the 1930 Rose Bowl.
Phil Mahre, skier
The White Pass native is the best U.S. male skier ever. He is the only American to have won the overall World Cup title—a feat he accomplished three times (1981 to '83). He won the slalom at the '84 Olympics in Sarajevo; his twin brother, Steve, took the silver.
Earl Anthony, Bowler
One of the sport's biggest stars in its TV heyday in the 1970s, the six-time PBA Bowler of the Year holds tour career records for most titles (41) and top five finishes (144). In 1982 the Kent native became the first bowler to reach the $1 million mark in career earnings.