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  • 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
    Darryl Strawberry
    Episode 8
    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
    George Steinbrenner
    Episode 14
    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
    Martina Navratilova
    Episode 22
    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.