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December 29, 2003
Oklahomans weigh in on sports*
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December 29, 2003

The Poll

Oklahomans weigh in on sports*

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For Oklahoma's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to

Jim Thorpe, Multisport athlete
Perhaps the 20th century's greatest athlete, Thorpe, who was born in Prague, Okla., won the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics. (His medals were revoked because he'd been paid for playing semipro baseball.) He played pro football and major league baseball.

Mickey Mantle, Baseball player
As an outfielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees from 1951 through '68, the Commerce Comet won seven World Series rings, three AL MVP awards and the 1956 Triple Crown. Though knee injuries took away his speed, he still had the power to hit 536 home runs.

Lee Roy Selmon, Football player
The defensive end from Eufaula won the Lombardi and Outland trophies at Oklahoma and was the top pick in the 1976 NFL draft. He had 78� sacks in nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Bucs. His brothers, Dewey and Lucious, also played pro football and for the Sooners.

Steve Largent, Football player
The Seattle Seahawks wideout retired in 1989 with six major NFL receiving records, including most yards (13,089) and touchdowns (100). Born in Tulsa, he went to Putnam City High in Oklahoma City (where he played with future Jets quarterback Pat Ryan).

Johnny Bench, Baseball player
The Hall of Famer from Oklahoma City won 10 Gold Gloves and hit 389 home runs while catching for Cincinnati's Big Red Machine teams, which won four pennants and two World Series. He was twice named National League MVP.

Carl Hubbell, Baseball player
The lefty screwballer from Meeker won 253 games for the New York Giants, including a big-league-record 24 games in a row in 1936 and '37. His most legendary feat was consecutively striking out five future Hall of Famers in the '34 All-Star Game.

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