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  • Coach Rod
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    Alberto Salazar.

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  • Bob Duncan
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    >There have been a lot faster big leaguers than Mantle. (In fact, didn't we
    >have a thread on that recently?)
    Of course, Mantle tore up his knee at an early age, so a lot of his speed was compromised. He really needed a good orthopedic surgeon and some serious rehab work. That was a different era and many of them worked out in the offseason by going hunting and playing golf.

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  • Jon
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    >For track women, it is JJK in a heartbeat. She has always been a
    >wonderful spokesperson for asthmatics (something I can identify with) and
    >always genuine and self-effacing. Jon's interview with her a few weeks ago was
    >just excellent. Her personality transcends her athletic achievements.



    Cheers, glad you liked it! JJK is one of my all-time faves too.

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  • run1500
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    I'm almost 49 and based on the responses on this list, I am probably one of the youngest here, I'm surprised someone didn't select Spiridon Louis ;-)

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  • run1500
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    Men:
    Steve Jones (Runners runner)
    Women:
    Past: Joan Benoit Samuelson
    Now: Paula Radcliffe

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  • slow880
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    Don Paige

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  • john hunter
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    >>Valeriy Brumel. He was my inspiration as a young high jumper growing up in
    >the
    >1960s. Even after the tragic accident that left him in a wheelchair he
    >still
    >made a comeback in the early 70s.

    John I'm now 61, and a framed
    >picture of him is on the wall of my den. Been my all-time favorite since 1961
    >when I was 18.
    That was the year he set the new world record of 7' 4.25" in Moscow breaking John Thomas' record. That's something I'd like to get. The results of all the high jump competitions in all the U.S./U.S.S.R. meets. The top three and their heights. Back then I was 15 and didn't even know of the existence of Track and Field News so, needless to say, I missed a lot of what was happening. Anyway, I found Tokyo Olympiad so I'll enjoy that. I also found La Grand Olympiad online (video of the 1960 Olympics) but there is no source for it. It says it exists but no one is selling it!

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  • tandfman
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    There have been a lot faster big leaguers than Mantle. (In fact, didn't we have a thread on that recently?)

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  • hj197steve
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    digressing big time on baseball here.... I went to a Yankee game as a kid in the early 50's, and saw Mantle hit 3 home runs against the old Washington Senators. A few years ago I was reading a baseball book centering solely on home runs... it listed every home run ever hit in major league baseball, by batter. Oddly enough, Mantle only parked 3 in a game once ( and never had 4 ) .... and the 3 timer was the game I had attended.

    They also used to talk about how FAST Mantle was... if his Dad had not been a baseball player.... who knows ?

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  • john hunter
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    >As a kid growing up, it was Mickey Mantle. The NY Yankees of the 1950s and
    >early 1960s had quite a life and I never realized how wild they really were
    >until much later.

    Nobody has mentioned the Chairman of the Boards, Eamonn
    >Coghlan. I've always liked him and the way he dominated the indoor
    >races.

    For track women, it is JJK in a heartbeat. She has always been a
    >wonderful spokesperson for asthmatics (something I can identify with) and
    >always genuine and self-effacing. Jon's interview with her a few weeks ago was
    >just excellent. Her personality transcends her athletic achievements.
    I grew up watching Mick and the Yankees in the '50s and early '60s. He was probably the greatest talent I have ever seen. Too bad he never reached his true potential.

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  • ajp
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    Herb Elliot
    Irena Szewinska

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  • mrbowie
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    I liked Wilma Rudolph. I once named one of my racehorses after her.

    Among the men, I liked Brumel in the field and Bob Hayes on the track.

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  • fizbin
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    >Mary Decker Slaney

    WalkandJog,

    A bold choice of a generally unpopular athlete. Your points are good and she did stick it to the commies (and the rest of the world) in that wonderful pair of wins at the '83 worlds. Unfortunately, time and again her mouth made it difficult to actually like her.

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  • fizbin
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    >Male a tie...Ray Ewry . . .

    Ed,

    If you saw this guy in person you must be in the running for the worlds oldest message board junkie.

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  • tandfman
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    Mal Whitfield.

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