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January 19, 2004
North Dakotans weigh in on sports*
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January 19, 2004

The Poll

North Dakotans weigh in on sports*

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(13) Roger Maris Museum
Located in a Fargo shopping center, it includes a replica of the native son's 1961 Yankee Stadium locker.

(14) North Dakota State
The Bisons have brought five Division II football championships back to Fargo; their past stars include running back Lamar Gordon, now with the Rams.

(15) Amy Ruley
The Fargo native has coached North Dakota State to five Division II women's basketball titles.

(16) Jim Kleinsasser
The Vikings tight end from Carrington was an All-America at North Dakota.

(17) Travis Hafner
Indians first baseman and Sykeston resident hit for the cycle in August 2003.

(18) Bismarck
The city of 55,532 on the Missouri River is the SI Sportstown for having the state's best community sports programs.

For North Dakota's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to

Roger Maris, Baseball player
The two-time AL MVP and four-time All-Star broke Babe Ruth's home run record when he hit 61 in 1961 for the New York Yankees. At Fargo's Shanley High he starred in football, basketball and track; he played baseball only in the American Legion summer league.

Andy Hampsten, cyclist
He developed his toughness on a bike by riding into North Dakota's relentless winds around Grand Forks, where he grew up. He won two Tour of Switzerland races in the 1980s and in 1988 became the first American to win the Tour of Italy.

Phil Jackson, Basketball player and coach
The Zen Master from Williston has won 10 NBA championships—six as coach of the Chicago Bulls, three as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and one as a forward with the New York Knicks. He was a two-time All-America at North Dakota.

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