New York's Mt. Rushmore of Sports


ESPN reviewed the submissions and discussions on your state/region's conversation page. The four figures on New York's Sports Rushmore are below:

Babe Ruth (New York Yankees) -
Baseball's greatest slugger hit 714 home runs and was the charter member of the Baseball Hall of Fame (1936).

Joe Namath (New York Jets) -
The Pro Football Hall of Famer led the Jets to upset of Colts in Super Bowl III.

Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers) -
The Hall of Famer broke MLB's color barrier, which began the process of integration in the sport, in 1947.

Jim Brown (Manhasset, Syracuse Orange) -
The All-American in football and lacrosse, rushed for 12,000-plus yards in NFL career.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (New York City)
- Star of Power Memorial High team (won 71 straight games), won 3 national titles at UCLA, and was 6-time NBA MVP

Marv Albert (Brooklyn)
- Long-time announcer for Knicks, Rangers & Nets; Also called Super Bowls and NBA Finals

Joe DiMaggio (New York Yankees)
- Won 9 WS titles, set MLB record with 56-game hitting streak

Julius Erving (Roosevelt)
- 3-time ABA MVP with New York Nets, scored more than 30,000 points in pro career

Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
- All-time Knicks leader in points, rebounds, blocked shots, and games

Walt Frazier (New York Knicks)
- Helped Knicks to 2 NBA titles; team's all-time leader in assists

Lou Gehrig (New York City, Columbia, New York Yankees)
- Set then-MLB record with 2,130 consecutive games played, won 6 WS titles

Jim Kelly (Buffalo Bills)
- Hall of Fame quarterback led Bills to 4 Super Bowls

Sandy Koufax (Brooklyn, Brooklyn Dodgers)
- Won 3 Cy Young Awards, 3 World Series titles with Dodgers

Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees)
- Hit 536 HR, record 18 HR in WS, won 3 MVPs & 7 World Series titles in MLB career

Willie Mays (New York Giants)
- 660 career HR, won World Series with 1954 Giants, '51 ROY and '54 MVP with NYG

John McEnroe (Queens)
- Won 7 Grand Slam singles titles (4 at US Open)

Mark Messier (New York Rangers)
- Captain of 1994 New York Rangers Stanley Cup Champion team

Denis Potvin (New York Islanders)
- One of best defensemen in NHL history, Islanders captain won 4 Stanley Cups

Sugar Ray Robinson (New York City)
- AP "Fighter of the Century" won 175 bouts, held welterweight, middleweight championships from 1946-1960

Tom Seaver (New York Mets)
- All-time Mets leader in wins, ERA, strikeouts, helped team win 1969 World Series

George Steinbrenner (New York Yankees)
- Team has won 6 World Series titles under his ownership, which began in 1974

Casey Stengel (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Yankees, NY Mets)
- Won 7 World Series; First to manage both NYY and NYM; Also managed Brooklyn Dodgers

Lawrence Taylor (New York Giants)
- Won 2 Super Bowls with NYG, 3-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Other Potentials: Jim Boeheim, Mike Bossy, Whitey Ford, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Bryan Trottier, Mike Tyson