Nicklaus, who's now 51, stands out, even among these legends, because he has crossed generational bounds. He burst on the scene in the early 1960s, and he has competed on the PGA Tour against both Davis Love II and Davis Love III. "The first time I saw Jack, I was seven," says Davis III, who was on the North Carolina golf team from 1983 to '85 with Jack Nicklaus Jr., "and I've been lucky enough to play some rounds with him. The main thing about him is the supreme confidence he has in himself. He just believes that he is better than anyone else. And he is."
To have so many of these legends active at the same time is a great stroke of luck. The 1990s may even be a match for the '20s, when a similar harmonic convergence gave the sports world Ruth, Grange, Tilden, Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones, Lou Gehrig et al. If you haven't seen the current greats, now's your chance.
Consider poor DiMaggio. When he was asked if he ever had the opportunity to see Ruth, Joe D said, "I was a kid of 13 when the papers said Babe would be on the [barnstorming] team that was coming to Frisco. There was going to be a special price of 25 cents for San Francisco kids."
So how come he didn't go?
"I couldn't raise the 25 cents," said DiMaggio.
The price of a ticket has gone up a little since then. But it's worth it to see a legend play.