SI Vault
March 22, 2004
Minnesotans weigh in on sports*
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
March 22, 2004

The Poll

Minnesotans weigh in on sports*

View CoverRead All Articles
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

22 Interlachen Country Club
The Edina course is where Bobby Jones won the 1930 U.S. Open, the third leg of his Grand Slam.

23 Hilary Lunke
The Edina native won the U.S. Women's Open last year at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon.


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

Bronko Nagurski, Football player
Famed for his ruggedness, the 6'2", 228-pound University of Minnesota star from International Falls was the only player ever voted consensus All-America at two positions in the same season (fullback and tackle, 1929). He led the Chicago Bears to three NFL titles.

Paul Molitor, Baseball player
The seven-time All-Star from St. Paul hit .300 or better in 12 seasons and finished his career with 3,319 hits. A longtime Milwaukee Brewer, he was the 1993 World Series MVP for the Toronto Blue Jays. In college he was a two-time All-America at Minnesota.

Kevin McHale, Basketball player
The power forward from Hibbing won three NBA titles with the Boston Celtics playing alongside Larry Bird and Robert Parish in one of basketball's greatest frontcourts. The Minnesota alum is now vice president and general manager of the Timberwolves.

Dave Winfield, Baseball player
The 6'6" St. Paul native played forward on the University of Minnesota's 1971-72 Big Ten championship basketball team and in '73 went straight to the San Diego Padres' outfield without a stop in the minors. He had 3,110 hits and 465 home runs in 22 major league seasons.

Neal Broten, Hockey player
While at Minnesota the Roseau native won the NCAA title in 1979, an Olympic gold in 1980 and the Hobey Baker Award in '81. In 1991 he led the Minnesota North Stars to the Stanley Cup finals; he won a Stanley Cup in '95 with the New Jersey Devils.

Patty Berg, Golfer
One of the LPGA's founding members, the Minneapolis native won 60 tournaments, including 15 majors, and was a three-time AP Female Athlete of the Year (1938, '43 and '55). Her hole in one at the '59 U.S. Women's Open was the first by a woman in USGA competition.

Continue Story
1 2 3 4 5 6 7