Athletes Nos. 2 (Babe Ruth) and No. 1 (Michael Jordan). Ruth dominated and rejuvenated baseball during his remarkable 22-year career, in which he hit 714 HRs and batted .342. Jordan did likewise in basketball, winning five MVP awards and leading the league in scoring a record 10 times. Hosted by Dan Patrick.
Athlete No. 3: Muhammad Ali. The boxer claimed the heavyweight title three times during his pro career and won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics. In his most famous bout, the “Thrilla in Manila,” Ali knocked out rival Joe Frazier in the 14th round. Hosted by Dan Patrick.
Athlete No. 4: Jim Brown. The legendary running back retired as the NFL's all-time leading rusher with 12,312 yards in just nine seasons. He led the league in rushing eight times. Brown earned All-American honors at Syracuse in football and lacrosse and started at center for the basketball team for three seasons. Hosted by Dan Patrick.
Athlete No. 5: Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. The NHL's all-time leading scorer played on four Stanley Cup championship teams with the Edmonton Oilers and won a league-record nine MVP awards. Hosted by Dan Patrick.
Athlete No. 6: Jesse Owens. The track star won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. At a 1935 Big Ten meet, Owens broke four world records and tied another in one afternoon. Hosted by Dan Patrick.
Athlete No. 7: Jim Thorpe. A member of the Track and Field, Olympic and Pro Football halls of fame, Thorpe was named the greatest athlete of the first-half of the century by the Associated Press in 1950.
Athlete No. 10: Babe Didrikson. The golf and track-and-field legend was named the Associated Press woman athlete of the year six times, in three different decades. During 1946-47, she won 17 straight golf tournaments.
Athlete No. 11: Joe Louis. “The Brown Bomber” dominated boxing in the 1930s and 1940s. In his most famous conquest, he knocked out German Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium in 1938. Louis won 67 of 70 career bouts, 53 by knockout.
Athlete No. 12: Carl Lewis. The track-and-field star won a U.S. record-tying nine Olympic gold medals, including four in the 1984 Summer Games. In 1996, he earned his fourth straight Olympic long-jump win to become just the second Olympian to win the same event in four straight games.
Athlete No. 13: Wilt Chamberlain. The basketball Hall of Famer set astounding marks, including 100 points in a single game and an average of 50 points in the 1961-62 season. Over his 14-year career, he averaged 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds.
Athlete No. 15: Jackie Robinson. The man who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, Robinson played 10 years for the Brooklyn Dodgers and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962. He was named the Rookie of the Year in 1947 and the league's MVP in 1949, and played on the 1955 World Series championship team.
Athlete No. 16: Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams. “The Splendid Splinter” amassed amazing hitting stats in his 19 seasons with the Boston Red Sox. Winner of two MVPs, he is the last player to hit .400 in a season (.406 in 1941), had a lifetime average of .344 and won six batting titles.
Athlete No. 17: Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson. In 13 pro seasons, the charismatic Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships and won three MVPs. Johnson also played on Michigan State's 1979 NCAA title squad and the gold medal-winning 1992 U.S. Olympic Team.
Athlete No. 18: basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell. In his 13 years as a Boston Celtic, Russell guided the team to 11 NBA titles, including two as a player-coach. He redefined the game with his defensive skills, and holds the playoff career record for rebounds.
Athlete No. 19: Tennis player Martina Navratilova, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, nine of them at Wimbledon, including six straight from 1982 to '87. In 1983, she won 86 of 87 matches.
Athlete No. 20: Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb (1886-1961). The cantankerous Cobb was a lifetime .367 hitter in the early 1900s with 4191 hits (a mark that stood until Pete Rose surpassed it in 1985), 1937 RBIs and 892 stolen bases. Cobb spent 22 seasons in Detroit before finishing his career with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1928.
Athlete No. 21: NHL Hall of Famer Gordie Howe. In 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, “Mr. Hockey” won six Hart Trophies as the league's MVP and was a six-time scoring champion. He scored 975 goals in his 32-year pro career and added 1383 assists for 2358 points.
Athlete No. 22: baseball's graceful Joe DiMaggio, who often made the game look effortless. His 56-game hitting streak in 1941 ranks among baseball's greatest feats. A three-time MVP, he also won two batting titles in 13 seasons---all in New York.
Athlete No. 23: track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Joyner-Kersee won Olympic gold in the heptathlon and the long jump in 1988, and in the heptathlon in '92. She is also a two-time world champion in the heptathlon (1987 and '91) and the long jump ('87 and '93).
Athlete No. 24: boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. In his 25-year professional career, Robinson was 174-19-6 with 109 knockouts. His first title came as a welterweight in 1946, and in 1958 he became the only fighter to win a title five times with his win over Carmen Basilio.
Athlete No. 25: Joe Montana. In 16 NFL seasons, the seven-time Pro Bowler threw for 40,551 yards and 273 TDs. He won four Super Bowls with San Francisco in the 1980s and was the AP Athlete of the Year in 1989 and 1990.
Athlete No. 27: Jerry Rice, perhaps the greatest wide receiver ever in the NFL. The 12-time Pro Bowl selection holds 13 NFL and 10 Super Bowl records and was the first non-kicker in the NFL to score 1000 career points. He was also voted onto the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team.