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Missouri's Mt. Rushmore of Sports

2/2/2009

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

Lamar Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs) -
The AFL founder as well as the Chiefs' founder and owner is credited with naming the "Super Bowl."

Stan Musial (St. Louis Cardinals) -
The three-time NL MVP led the Cardinals to three World Series titles before becoming a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jack Buck (St. Louis Cardinals Announcer) -
The Cardinals announcer for almost 50 years, Buck also called many Super Bowls and World Series.

George Brett (Kansas City Royals) -
Brett played 21 seasons with the Royals and was the 1980 AL MVP. He also won three batting titles and is a member of the Baseball HOF.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Lou Brock (St. Louis Cardinals)
- Most SB in NL history, 6-time all-star, won 2 World Series in 15+ seasons with STL

Len Dawson (Kansas City Chiefs)
- MVP of Super Bowl IV, led Chiefs to 2 AFL titles, Pro Football Hall-of-Famer

Marshall Faulk (St. Louis Rams)
- 2000 NFL MVP, 4-time Pro Bowler with Rams, helped lead Rams to win in Super Bowl XXXIV

Don Faurot (Mountain Grove, Missouri Tigers)
- Credited with inventing the split-T formation; Missouri head coach for 19 seasons; Missouri's Memorial Stadium is named in his honor.

Bob Gibson (St. Louis Cardinals)
- 2-time Cy Young winner, 1968 NL MVP, won 2 World Series titles in 17 seasons

Whitey Herzog (Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals)
- Led Cardinals to 3 NL Pennants, 1982 World Series, only man to manage both KC and STL

Rogers Hornsby (St. Louis Cardinals)
- Won 2 triple crowns and 1 MVP with STL, .358 lifetime BA is 2nd all-time

Brett Hull (St. Louis Blues)
- 11 seasons with Blues, 1991 Hart Trophy winner, 1st in franchise history with 527 goals

Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals)
- 2001 NL Rookie of the Year, 2-time NL MVP, 7-time all-star, led STL to 2006 WS title

Ozzie Smith (St. Louis Cardinals)
- 14-time all-star, 13 Gold Gloves, member of Baseball of Hall of Fame

Norm Stewart (Shelby County, Missouri Tigers)
- 1956 1st-team All-American, coached Tigers for 32 seasons, won 8 conf. tournament titles

Hank Stram (Kansas City Chiefs)
- Winningest coach in Chiefs' history, led KC to 2 AFL Championships and Super Bowl IV win

Derrick Thomas (Kansas City Chiefs)
- 9-time Pro Bowler, Chiefs' leader in sacks, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries

Other potential nominees: Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals), Payne Stewart (Springfield), Kurt Warner (St. Louis Rams), Satchel Paige (Kansas City Monarchs, Kansas City Athletics), Tony Gonzalez (Kansas City Chiefs), Tom Watson (Kansas City)