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Episode Guide

  • Specials
    • Barry Bonds
      Barry Bonds
      Episode 1
      10/3/01
      0.0
    • Jim Brown
      Jim Brown
      Episode 2
      9/11/00
      0.0
    • Jerry West
      Jerry West
      Episode 3
      9/26/00
      0.0
    • Wilt Chamberlain
      Wilt Chamberlain
      Episode 4
      6/1/01
      0.0
    • Connie Hawkins
      Connie Hawkins
      Episode 5
      7/28/00
      0.0
    • Pete Maravich
      Pete Maravich
      Episode 6
      3/23/01
      0.0
    • Dick Butkus
      Dick Butkus
      Episode 7
      10/29/01
      0.0
    • Darryl Strawberry
      9/27/02
      0.0
    • Chuck Bednarik
      Chuck Bednarik
      Episode 9
      9/8/00
      0.0
    • John McEnroe
      John McEnroe
      Episode 10
      7/12/00
      0.0
      Fits of rage on the tennis court tend to blind people from the fact that John McEnroe had a tremendous respect for the traditions of tennis.
    • Rocky Graziano
      Rocky Graziano
      Episode 11
      9/22/00
      0.0
    • 1993
      1993
      Episode 12
      10/6/02
      0.0
    • Dale Earnhardt
      Dale Earnhardt
      Episode 13
      11/23/01
      8.0
      "The Intimidator" of NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt was instrumental in the growth of stock car racing.
    • George Steinbrenner
      6/21/02
      0.0
    • Venus & Serena Williams
      8/23/02
      0.0
    • 1983
      1983
      Episode 16
      5/19/02
      0.0
    • Anna Kournikova
      Anna Kournikova
      Episode 17
      5/28/02
      0.0
    • Jim McMahon
      Jim McMahon
      Episode 18
      0.0
      Jim McMahon was a wild man at quarterback, on and off the field. Despite his troubles at BYU and the Chicago Bears, one thing remained constant: he was a winner. He made the Holiday Bowl a thrill-packed tradition, and on the Bears, he gave Chicago its first Super Bowl.
    • Casey Stengel
      Casey Stengel
      Episode 19
      10/3/00
      0.0
    • Maurice Stokes
      Maurice Stokes
      Episode 20
      8/2/00
      0.0
    • Isiah Thomas
      Isiah Thomas
      Episode 21
      7/13/01
      0.0
    • Martina Navratilova
      6/27/01
      0.0
    • 1992
      1992
      Episode 23
      9/22/02
      0.0
    • Bill Parcells
      Bill Parcells
      Episode 24
      2/1/02
      0.0
    • Magic Johnson
      Magic Johnson
      Episode 25
      9/28/00
      0.0
    • Mark Fidrych
      Mark Fidrych
      Episode 26
      8/14/00
      0.0
    • Red Auerbach
      Red Auerbach
      Episode 27
      10/4/00
      0.0
    • 1986
      1986
      Episode 28
      6/30/02
      0.0
    • 1981
      1981
      Episode 29
      4/21/02
      0.0
    • Jacques Plante
      Jacques Plante
      Episode 30
      11/8/00
      0.0
      He was ridiculed for wearing a face mask in goal. But Jacques Plante proved the worth of that face mask beyond even his own expectations, helping maintain the Canadiens' dynasty.
    • Dale Earnhardt
      Dale Earnhardt
      Episode 31
      11/23/01
      0.0
    • Deion Sanders
      Deion Sanders
      Episode 32
      9/6/00
      0.0
    • Ernie Davis
      Ernie Davis
      Episode 33
      7/31/00
      0.0
    • Billie Jean King
      Billie Jean King
      Episode 34
      6/29/01
      0.0
    • Charles Barkley
      Charles Barkley
      Episode 35
      6/18/01
      0.0
    • Seattle Slew
      Seattle Slew
      Episode 36
      5/2/01
      0.0
    • Lee Trevino
      Lee Trevino
      Episode 37
      7/21/00
      0.0
    • Affirmed / Alydar
      Affirmed / Alydar
      Episode 38
      5/3/01
      0.0
    • Citation
      Citation
      Episode 39
      5/4/01
      0.0
    • Johnny Unitas
      Johnny Unitas
      Episode 40
      9/12/00
      0.0
      As the quarterback of the Baltimore Colts and the greatest athlete in Baltimore sports history, Johnny Unitas stood for all the American values. He was up-front, a proven winner who brought pro football into the national conscience.
    • Bill Mazeroski
      Bill Mazeroski
      Episode 41
      0.0
    • Secretariat
      Secretariat
      Episode 42
      11/5/00
      0.0
    • 1994
      1994
      Episode 43
      10/20/02
      0.0
    • Bruce Jenner
      Bruce Jenner
      Episode 44
      7/30/01
      0.0
    • Albert Belle
      Albert Belle
      Episode 45
      3/31/02
      0.0
      "Angry young athlete" would be the best way to describe Albert Belle. His talents were fueled by anger and other faults, denying him the 1995 A.L. MVP award and causing fallout.
    • Rick Mears
      Rick Mears
      Episode 46
      5/18/01
      0.0
    • A.J. Foyt
      A.J. Foyt
      Episode 47
      5/23/01
      0.0
    • Gary Player
      Gary Player
      Episode 48
      7/19/01
      0.0
    • Denny McLain
      Denny McLain
      Episode 49
      12/6/00
      0.0
      Denny McLain has never been the same since his fatherdied tragically in 1959. Though Denny amazed America by winning 31 games in the Tigers' 1968 championship season, he would become infamous in later years. He would serve two jail terms for fraud, and in the process, he would lose his family.moreless
    • Emmitt Smith
      Emmitt Smith
      Episode 50
      10/7/02
      0.0
    • Roger Maris
      Roger Maris
      Episode 51
      12/4/00
      0.0
    • Bob Feller
      Bob Feller
      Episode 52
      7/25/00
      10
    • Frank Gifford
      Frank Gifford
      Episode 53
      7/23/01
      0.0
    • Maurice Richard
      Maurice Richard
      Episode 54
      11/7/00
      0.0
    • Cal Ripken Jr.
      Cal Ripken Jr.
      Episode 55
      10/10/01
      0.0
    • Lou Gehrig
      Lou Gehrig
      Episode 56
      8/2/00
      0.0
    • Jerry Lucas
      Jerry Lucas
      Episode 57
      3/21/01
      0.0
    • Charlie Finley
      Charlie Finley
      Episode 58
      8/18/00
      0.0
      Charlie Finley was the only owner who could turn the Kansas City Athletics away from their destructive reputation as the "Yankees' farm team." He was also the only owner to govern a team of battling players from another state. He used telephones for "surgery" as the Oakland A's won three World Series and then promptly disintegrated.moreless
    • Roy Campanella
      Roy Campanella
      Episode 59
      0.0
      "Campy" was made to undergo two tests. Much of this program (the first 25 minutes) is devoted to his struggle as a quadraplegic.
    • 1985
      1985
      Episode 60
      6/16/02
      0.0
    • Lawrence Taylor
      Lawrence Taylor
      Episode 61
      9/14/00
      0.0
    • 1980
      1980
      Episode 62
      4/7/02
      0.0
      MAJOR POINTS HIGHLIGHTED IN THIS YEAR PROFILE: * U.S. Olympic Hockey Team victory (Miracle on Ice) * Ali/Holmes fight * New York Marathon scandal * Wimbledon Men's Final: Bjorg vs. McEnroe * NBA Finals that saved the NBA: Magic Johnson's Lakers vs. Dr. J's 76ers AFTERTHOUGHTS: Super Bowl XIV, Jack Nicklaus's fourth U.S. Open victory, the N.Y. Islanders' first Stanley Cup, Larry Bird's Rookie of the Year honor (and there are others)moreless
    • Bevo Francis
      Bevo Francis
      Episode 63
      12/7/00
      0.0
    • Bear Bryant
      Bear Bryant
      Episode 64
      12/17/02
      0.0
    • Ernie Davis
      Ernie Davis
      Episode 65
      7/31/00
      0.0
    • Archie Moore
      Archie Moore
      Episode 66
      9/21/00
      0.0
    • Pete Rozelle
      Pete Rozelle
      Episode 67
      7/6/01
      0.0
      The National Football League was in need of an identity. With that, Pete Rozelle rose from obscurity. As the Commissioner, he used marketing expertise to lift pro football to America's most popular spectator sport.
    • Jimmy Connors
      Jimmy Connors
      Episode 68
      6/29/01
      0.0
    • Bo Jackson
      Bo Jackson
      Episode 69
      9/4/00
      0.0
    • Frank Robinson
      Frank Robinson
      Episode 70
      7/27/00
      0.0
    • Zina Garrison
      Zina Garrison
      Episode 71
      2/20/02
      0.0
    • Arthur Ashe
      Arthur Ashe
      Episode 72
      2/19/01
      0.0
    • Paul Hornung
      Paul Hornung
      Episode 73
      9/7/00
      0.0
      This episode looks at the career of Paul Hornung, former Packers player.
    • Greg Louganis
      Greg Louganis
      Episode 74
      4/25/01
      0.0
    • Tyrone Willingham
      Tyrone Willingham
      Episode 75
      8/30/02
      0.0
    • Kobe Bryant
      Kobe Bryant
      Episode 76
      6/10/02
      0.0
    • Sonny Liston
      Sonny Liston
      Episode 77
      8/17/01
      0.0
      It could be successfully argued that Sonny Liston was one of the last lifelong slaves in black history. No amount of boxing praise could brighten the murky details of his clouded life.
    • 1997 NBA Finals, Game 5
      6/11/02
      0.0
      This will go down in history as The Flu That Killed The Utah Jazz. John Stockton and "Mailman" Karl Malone were forever denied a championship ring because of this game. It taught us all that, sadly for 28 other teams, stopping Michael Jordan was, at the very least, a thirteen-man job.moreless
    • Nile Kinnick
      Nile Kinnick
      Episode 79
      8/3/00
      0.0
    • Muhammad Ali
      Muhammad Ali
      Episode 80
      9/19/00
      0.0
      Ali was more than just a fighter. He represented a cross-section of America that challenged the status quo.
    • Johnny Bench
      Johnny Bench
      Episode 81
      10/18/00
      0.0
    • Reggie Jackson
      Reggie Jackson
      Episode 82
      10/24/00
      7.0
      A look back at the career of Reginald Martinez Jackson, who hit 536 career home runs for five different teams.
    • 1997
      1997
      Episode 83
      12/1/02
      0.0
    • Tiger Woods
      Tiger Woods
      Episode 84
      0.0
    • Mike Tyson
      Mike Tyson
      Episode 85
      6/3/02
      0.0
    • Mario Andretti
      Mario Andretti
      Episode 86
      5/21/01
      0.0
    • Vince Lombardi
      Vince Lombardi
      Episode 87
      9/11/00
      0.0
    • Jim Craig
      Jim Craig
      Episode 88
      2/7/02
      0.0
      He was the goalie on the celebrated U.S. Olympic hockey team that won its way to the gold at Lake Placid in February 1980. But when he joined the NHL, Jim Craig could not seem to find his niche.
    • Pete Rose
      Pete Rose
      Episode 89
      12/22/00
      0.0
    • Bobby Orr
      Bobby Orr
      Episode 90
      11/9/00
      0.0
    • Richard Petty
      Richard Petty
      Episode 91
      2/15/01
      0.0
    • 1996
      1996
      Episode 92
      11/17/02
      0.0
    • Jim Plunkett
      Jim Plunkett
      Episode 93
      9/5/00
      0.0
    • Gene Mauch
      Gene Mauch
      Episode 94
      8/3/00
      0.0
      He has been labeled the best manager never to win a pennant. This, plus a couple of anger displays, help obscure Gene Mauch's true genius for the game of baseball.
    • Bob Gibson
      Bob Gibson
      Episode 95
      7/28/00
      0.0
    • Carlton Fisk
      Carlton Fisk
      Episode 96
      10/15/00
      0.0
      To some, he is remembered for willing a home-run ball fair to win Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. But Carlton Fisk was a dedicated student of the game, an American League catcher without peer.
    • Jackie Joyner-Kersee
      8/3/01
      0.0
      From the streets of east St. Louis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee rose to athletic prowess, overcoming personal tragedy and controversy through several years.
    • Jayson Williams
      Jayson Williams
      Episode 98
      2/14/03
      0.0
    • Michael Jordan
      Michael Jordan
      Episode 99
      12/28/00
      0.0
    • Walter Payton
      Walter Payton
      Episode 100
      1/10/01
      0.0
    • Bill Russell
      Bill Russell
      Episode 101
      7/2/01
      0.0
    • Bud Wilkinson
      Bud Wilkinson
      Episode 102
      10/5/00
      0.0
    • 1982
      1982
      Episode 103
      5/5/02
      0.0
    • Mickey Mantle
      Mickey Mantle
      Episode 104
      8/4/00
      0.0
    • John Elway
      John Elway
      Episode 105
      1/26/01
      0.0
      As the master of comebacks, John Elway rose to become the winningest quarterback in NFL history. Comebacks were part of the rise of the Denver Broncos organization as well. Once the team had players with talents equal to Elway's Denver finally won Super Bowls.
    • Bobby Jones
      Bobby Jones
      Episode 106
      7/20/00
      0.0
    • Stan Musial
      Stan Musial
      Episode 107
      3/26/01
      0.0
    • Curt Flood
      Curt Flood
      Episode 108
      8/4/00
      0.0
      History deserves to assess Curt Flood as a Moses in professional sports. He sacrificed his career to fight for the rights denied him, to ensure basic rights for future pro players.
    • Gordie Howe
      Gordie Howe
      Episode 109
      11/6/00
      0.0
      Gordie Howe defined hockey greatness in the 1950s and 1960s. In his career, the Detroit Red Wings finished first in the NHL several times. Even at an advanced age, Howe had more to show the fans.
    • Roger Clemens
      Roger Clemens
      Episode 110
      7/26/02
      0.0
      Intensity has been Roger Clemens' trademark on the field. He has won more Cy Young Awards than any other pitcher in history.
    • Joe Namath
      Joe Namath
      Episode 111
      1/25/01
      0.0
      Joe Namath was indeed the perfect quarterback for his era. As the nation changed through the latter 1960s, Namath embodied the New Era, if only for a time.
    • Willie Shoemaker
      Willie Shoemaker
      Episode 112
      6/8/01
      0.0
    • Carl Yastrzemski
      Carl Yastrzemski
      Episode 113
      10/17/00
      0.0
      Intensity was personified in Yastrzemski, successor to Ted Williams in the Boston outfield near the Green Monster. It led "Yaz" to the last Triple Crown of the 20th Century and two American League pennants.
    • Peggy Fleming
      Peggy Fleming
      Episode 114
      1/19/02
      0.0
    • Bonnie Blair
      Bonnie Blair
      Episode 115
      2/7/02
      0.0
    • 1972 Olympic Basketball Final
      9/10/02
      0.0
      It's all too easy to inflict the word "scandal" on this game, or fall back on "Of course the postponement made a difference." But, upon perhaps the first close reflection of this U.S. basketball team, it appears that America had prepared to fail.
    • Florence Griffith Joyner
      2/13/02
      0.0
    • Joe Louis
      Joe Louis
      Episode 118
      0.0
    • Andre Agassi
      Andre Agassi
      Episode 119
      6/29/01
      0.0
    • Sparky Anderson
      Sparky Anderson
      Episode 120
      10/19/00
      0.0
    • Sandy Koufax
      Sandy Koufax
      Episode 121
      10/28/00
      0.0
    • Randy Moss
      Randy Moss
      Episode 122
      9/26/02
      0.0
    • 1989
      1989
      Episode 123
      8/11/02
      0.0
    • Hank Aaron
      Hank Aaron
      Episode 124
      7/24/00
      0.0
    • 1991
      1991
      Episode 125
      9/8/02
      0.0
    • 1984
      1984
      Episode 126
      6/2/02
      0.0
    • 2001
      2001
      Episode 127
      2/2/03
      0.0
    • Billy Martin, Part Two
      8/1/00
      0.0
      Billy's combativeness, so instrumental in making him a Yankee legend, would break that legend several times over in the 12 years following the 1977 World Series.
    • Billy Martin, Part One
      7/31/00
      0.0
      Billy Martin's playing and managing skills came from his gut, a gut famous for confrontation. Early on as a player and a manager, it led him to success. But there were clear signs of self-destruction surfacing.
    • Dan Marino
      Dan Marino
      Episode 130
      9/15/00
      0.0
      Marino had superatar quality, on and off the field. Despite being selected 27th in the 1983 NFL Draft, he altered the course of Miami Dolphins history.
    • Bob Knight
      Bob Knight
      Episode 131
      3/15/02
      0.0
    • Arnold Palmer
      Arnold Palmer
      Episode 132
      7/18/00
      0.0
    • Bill Veeck
      Bill Veeck
      Episode 133
      8/16/00
      0.0
    • Jack Nicklaus
      Jack Nicklaus
      Episode 134
      7/17/00
      0.0
    • Ted Williams
      Ted Williams
      Episode 135
      7/14/00
      0.0
    • 1995
      1995
      Episode 136
      11/3/02
      0.0
    • Sugar Ray Leonard
      Sugar Ray Leonard
      Episode 137
      8/6/01
      0.0
    • Woody Hayes
      Woody Hayes
      Episode 138
      12/31/01
      0.0
      For Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes, the love of the game may have been exceeded only by his discipline.
    • Bill Walton
      Bill Walton
      Episode 139
      9/27/00
      0.0
    • 1988
      1988
      Episode 140
      7/28/02
      0.0
    • Willie Mays
      Willie Mays
      Episode 141
      7/25/00
      0.0
      There was more to the "Say Hey" Kid than just his talent. In some respects, Willie Mays had to be accepted. It worked at some times, but not always.
    • Joe DiMaggio
      Joe DiMaggio
      Episode 142
      7/10/00
      0.0
      He always seemed to be in the public eye, but Joe DiMaggio was a man who valued his privacy. This show reflects on a man revered by the American public as a monument to greatness.
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