It's impossible to settle the question of who was the greatest athlete of all time, though it certainly makes for a lively and interesting debate. But before we plunge into the discussion, we define the ‘greatest athlete’ as an individual, man or woman, who was able to play a variety of sports at an extremely high level.
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On a winter day in 1916, a group of golfers met in New York City to hear what Lewis Rodman Wanamaker, heir to the Wanamaker department store fortune, had to say about golf. …Read more
A professional ball player turned international spy resonates like a best-selling novel, or a thriller out of a Hollywood script. But in the case of Moe Berg, it was the true tale …Read more
The seeds were planted in 1946 when clan patriarch Joseph Kennedy, Sr. created a foundation to better the lives of the mentally disabled. …Read more
Drinking Schlitz-loads of beer and hurling vinyl records like they were frisbees, tens of thousands of stadium goers showed up at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979 to witness a disco vinyl bonfire …Read more
Scoring goals on the soccer pitch might be sexy but blocking incoming ball-missiles takes raw machismo and nobody did it better than the Soviet Union’s Lev Yashin. …Read more
In 2012, American cycling champ Lance Armstrong was stripped of his victories at the Tour de France, becoming the modern-day poster child of a sport hopelessly gripped by doping scandals. …Read more
From the inaugural games in 1930 through the last championship in 2014, the World Cup has thrilled and dazzled us every four years. This booklet captures the highlights of each Cup and is packed with stimulating …Read more
OLYMPICS August 24, 2008 The closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China take place after 16 days of tournaments. Nearly 11,000 athletes representing 204 nations competed in 28 different sports. The Games brake an all-time television viewership record with 4.7 billion people tuning in, or 2/3 of the world’s population.
GOLF August 23, 1998 Coming off his win at the PGA Championship only a week earlier, Vijay Singh swings into another Tour victory at the Sprint International in Castle Rock, Colorado. Over the course of his career, the Fiji-born golfer won ‘Rookie of The Year’ in 1993 and has claimed three majors: PGA Championship (1998, 2004) and Masters Tournament (2000).
BOXING August 23, 1988 Mike Tyson gets into a street brawl in Harlem, New York with fellow heavyweight boxer, Mitch Green. The incident takes place at 4 am outside a clothing store with varying descriptions of the event. Beaten by Tyson in the ring 2 years earlier, Green expressed his anger at being short-changed, which led to a scuffle and fist fight.
BASKETBALL August 23, 1978 Future NBA star Kobe Bryant is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 5x champion skipped college and went directly into professional basketball from high school. One of the greatest in the game, Bryant played 20 years with the LA Lakers and retired in 2016 with 33,643 points (avg 25 ppg).