The 10 Most Influential Athletes Of The Century

There may have been some--a very few--who were better than these, but none had greater impact on how their games were played. Along with Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Pele, these were the people (and the animal) who shaped the century in sports

--By Daniel Okrent

BABE RUTH In sports' first golden age, there was Babe Ruth--and then there was everyone else. In 1920, only his second season as an everyday player, he hit 54 home runs--more than any entire team in the American League. Within a few years, his assault on distant fences had bent baseball into a new...

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