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Jim Thorpe


Jim Thorpe  (Sac and Fox (Sauk) : Wa-Tho-Huk, translated as “Bright Path”;  May 28, 1888 – March 28, 1953)  was an American athlete of mixed ancestry (Native American and Caucasian). Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football (collegiate and professional), and also played professional baseball and basketball.


He lost his Olympic titles after it was found he was paid for playing two seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Olympics, thus violating the amateurism rules. In 1983, 30 years after his death, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) restored his Olympic medals.Of Native American and European American ancestry, Thorpe grew up in the Sac and Fox nation in Oklahoma.



He played as part of several All-American Indian teams throughout his career, and “barnstormed” as a professional basketball player with a team composed entirely of American Indians.He played professional sports until age 41, the end of his sports career coinciding with the start of the Great Depression. Thorpe struggled to earn a living after that, working several odd jobs. Thorpe suffered from alcoholism, and lived his last years in failing health and poverty.In a poll of sports fans conducted by ABC Sports, Thorpe was voted the Greatest Athlete of the Twentieth Century out of 15 other athletes including Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, Jesse Owens, Wayne Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus, and Michael Jordan.


Derek Jeter

Derek  Jeter ( born June 26, 1974) is an American Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop who has played his entire career for the New York Yankees. He has served as the Yankees’ team captain since 2003.


Jeter’s presence in the Yankees’ lineup, highlighted by his hitting prowess, played an instrumental role in the team’s late 1990s dynasty. On July 9, 2011, Jeter became the first Yankee player to ever hit 3,000 hits in his career, and the 28th in baseball history to do so.


Jeter debuted in the Major Leagues in 1995, and the following year he won the Rookie of the Year Award and helped the Yankees win the 1996 World Series. Jeter was also a member of championship-winning teams in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009. In 2000, Jeter became the only player in history to win both the All-Star Game MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award in the same year.


He has been selected as an All-Star twelve times, won the Silver Slugger award four times, and he has won the Gold Glove award on five occasions. He is regarded as a consummate professional, by teammates and opponents alike, and has a reputation as a reliable contributor in the postseason.

Jeter is considered to be one of the best players of his generation. He is the all-time hits leader among shortstops, and his .317 career batting average through the 2009 season ranks as the fifth-highest among active players. He has been among the American League (AL) leaders in hits and runs scored for the past ten years. He is the all-time Yankees hit leader, having passed Hall of Fame member Lou Gehrig in 2009. In addition to being the Yankee and shortstop all-time hits leader, Jeter also has the most career hits of any active Major League player.


Jeter became the first player to reach the milestone while wearing Yankees pinstripes and the second player to homer for his 3,000th hit, joining former teammate Wade Boggs, who accomplished the feat in 1999 with Tampa Bay.

“I wasn’t sure it was going to be a home run,” Jeter said. “I was hoping, but afterwards, to be honest with you, I was pretty relieved.”


He became only the second player to record five hits in the game in which he reached 3,000 and first since Craig Biggio in 2007.

With 3,003 hits, Jeter passed Roberto Clemente (3,000) for 27th place on the all-time hits list.

SportsCentury: Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century (Original series)

  • 1. Michael Jordan
  • 2. Babe Ruth
  • 3. Muhammad Ali
  • 4. Jim Brown
  • 5. Wayne Gretzky
  • 6. Jesse Owens
  • 7. Jim Thorpe
  • 8. Willie Mays
  • 9. Jack Nicklaus
  • 10. Babe Zaharias
  • 11. Joe Louis
  • 12. Carl Lewis
  • 13. Wilt Chamberlain
  • 14. Hank Aaron
  • 15. Jackie Robinson
  • 16. Ted Williams
  • 17. Magic Johnson
  • 18. Bill Russell
  • 19. Martina Navratilova
  • 20. Ty Cobb
  • 21. Gordie Howe
  • 22. Joe DiMaggio
  • 23. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • 24. Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 25. Joe Montana
  • 26. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • 27. Jerry Rice
  • 28. Red Grange
  • 29. Arnold Palmer
  • 30. Larry Bird
  • 31. Bobby Orr
  • 32. Johnny Unitas
  • 33. Mark Spitz
  • 34. Lou Gehrig
  • 35. Secretariat
  • 36. Oscar Robertson
  • 37. Mickey Mantle
  • 38. Ben Hogan
  • 39. Walter Payton
  • 40. Lawrence Taylor
  • 41. Wilma Rudolph
  • 42. Sandy Koufax
  • 43. Julius Erving
  • 44. Bobby Jones
  • 45. Bill Tilden
  • 46. Eric Heiden
  • 47. Edwin Moses
  • 48. Pete Sampras
  • 49. O. J. Simpson
  • 50. Chris Evert