Directory containing biographies of world famous sportsmen and sportswomen.

Sports Persons

Play a few games and get fame and fortune in return; who wouldn’t love that? Athletes and sportsmen, and women, have always been a great sour of inspiration for everyone. A few examples that would come to mind would be people like Michael Jordan, who was actually denied the opportunity to play on the varsity basketball team because he was too short; and Dick Hoyt, better known as Team Hoyt amongst athletic circles for being the father who took to triathlons just so that his disabled son could enjoy being a part of them; he has successfully completed 6 Ironman races. They symbolize the level of fitness, competitive edge, physique, popularity and fame that everyone wishes they had. In some countries, certain sportsmen are so famous and admired that they are actually worshiped. That said, it must be made clear that achieving that level of fame is no easy task and requires years of dedicated practice and training. Great athletes, whether they be cricketers, basketball or baseball players, formula 1 drivers, footballers or rugby players put in a substantial amount of their time and energy in perfecting their skills. To know more about such individuals, their life’s story, timeline, trivia and interesting facts, you just have to breeze though the list of biographies mentioned below.
Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
Abebe Bikila was a well-known Olympic marathon champion who participated in 15 marathons, winning 12 of them. His successes and wins made him ...
Alex Ferguson Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson is a former football player who served as the manager of the Manchester United Football Club for over 26 years. Regarded as the ...
Alexander AlekhineAlexander Alekhine
Alexander Alekhine was the fourth World Chess Champion who won several chess tournaments throughout his career. He also authored more than ...
Andre AgassiAndre Agassi
Andre Kirk Agassi is an American professional tennis player, who is well-known for his eight Grand Slam titles and has always been the center of ...
Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
Arthur Ashe, Jr. was one of the most prominent tennis players of his time, ranked among the best players to have ever graced the game. An ...
Ayrton SennaAyrton Senna
Three-times Formula One champion, Ayrton Senna was one of the world’s greatest racers of all time. Starting off at the tender age of thirteen, ...
Babe Didrikson ZahariasBabe Didrikson Zahar...
Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a female athlete of America. She was famous for her remarkable performance in basketball and golf. She developed a ...
Babe RuthBabe Ruth
George Herman Ruth, Jr., better known as Babe Ruth, was a professional baseball player credited to have changed the game itself. A highly ...
Barry BondsBarry Bonds
Born in a family with baseball sporting history, it was inevitable for Barry Bonds to take up the same. It can be convincingly said that ...
Barry Sanders Barry Sanders
Even though he retired unexpectedly and quit early in his career, Barry Sanders is regarded as one of the finest American football players of ...
Ben HoganBen Hogan
Ben Hogan was an iconic golf player and is often named along with other big guns in the world of golf including, Tiger Woods, Walter Hagen and ...
Bill BowermanBill Bowerman
William Jay ‘Bill’ Bowerman is known in the American sports history for being one of the best American track and field coaches and the co-owner ...
Bill RussellBill Russell
Regarded as one of the best ever players in the history of National Basketball Association (NBA), William Felton “Bill” Russell is a retired ...
Billy SundayBilly Sunday
Billy Sunday was best known for his participation in the baseball National League during the 19th century and his agility on field. Despite ...
Robert Cleckler Bobby BowdenBobby Bowden
Robert Cleckler Bowden, popularly known as "Bobby" is one of the legendary football coaches who tasted great success throughout his career. He ...
Bruce JennerBruce Jenner
William Bruce Jenner is a former US track and field athlete, a businessman and a famous television personality. He was an Olympic gold medalist ...
carl lewisCarl Lewis
While Jesse Owens brought popularity and limelight to track and field as a major sport, it was Carl Lewis who made it a household game. The most ...
Cathy FreemanCathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman is a former Australian sprinter and Olympic medallist. She won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics followed by gold at the 2000 ...
Cy YoungCy Young
Cy Young was an American Major League Baseball player who played as pitcher. Inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he is credited for ...
Dan MarinoDan Marino
Dan Marino is a former American football quarterback. He played for the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League (NFL). For several years, ...
David OrtizDavid Ortiz
David Americo Ortiz Arias, popularly known as ‘Big Papi’, is a Dominican-American professional baseball player, the designated hitter, with the ...
Diego MaradonaDiego Maradona
Excellent dribbling action, powerful assists, accurate passes and impressive footwork made Diego Mardona rise up to the ranks, within a short ...
Don KingDon King
With an outrageous and rather odd hairdo and flamboyant mannerism, no other man has managed to make a fortune out of promoting boxers as much as ...
Eric CantonaEric Cantona
Eric Cantona was one of the most dashing football players in the history of French and English football. He initially started from local clubs ...
Fred PerryFred Perry
Fred Perry was one of Britain’s most popular tennis and table tennis players and was the proud winner of the Table Tennis World Championship. He ...
Gary PlayerGary Player
Gary Player is a South African golfer considered to be one of the greatest players of the game. He is most famous for becoming the only ...
George ForemanGeorge Foreman
George Edward Foreman is the former World Heavy weight Champion who started his life from street fights and poverty but trained himself to be a ...
Gordon StrachanGordon Strachan
Quick-witted, unpredictable, nimble and extremely talented - Gordon Strachan has left an indelible impression as one of the greatest Scottish ...
Jack JohnsonJack Johnson (Boxer)
Jack Johnson, born as John Arthur Johnson, is often regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. Nicknamed the Galveston Giant, he ...
Jack NicklausJack Nicklaus
One of the greatest and most successful golf players of all time, Jack Nicklaus is the only player to complete his career ‘Grand Slam’ on both ...
Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play the Major League Baseball, is one of the most inspirational and towering figures of the 20th ...
Jesse OwensJesse Owens
James Cleveland Owens, or simply Jesse Owens as the world knows him, was one of the greatest sporting legends who has to his name several world ...
Julio Cesar ChavezJulio Cesar Chavez
Julio Cesar Chavez is a former Mexican professional boxer. For his remarkable performance in the arena of boxing, he was regarded for several ...
Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong is one of the most illustrious and influential athletes of the 21st century. His dedication and love for cycling made him one of ...
Lennox Lewis Lennox Lewis
Lennon Lewis is a retired boxer, who was, once, the undisputed world heavyweight champion. He represented Canada at the 1988 Olympics, winning a ...
Lionel MessiLionel Messi
He is agile, he is quick and he is unstoppable – Lionel Messi is a playmaker in its truest terms. Presently captain of Argentina’s national ...
Mario AndrettiMario Andretti
The name of motor sport legend, Mario Andretti is synonymous with the sport of racing and he is widely considered as one of the greatest race ...
Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
Four times Olympic gold medal-winner, Michael Johnson is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time. Considered to be one of ...
Michael PhelpsMichael Phelps
It is not every day that a man plunges into the pool and comes out with a once-in-a-lifetime performance! Michael Phelps not only mastered the ...
Mike TysonMike Tyson
Standing tall at 5ft 10 inches, weighing 200 pounds and more is a heavy muscled prodigious puncher Mike Tyson. Christened as Michael Gerard ...
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
Nicknamed ‘The Greatest’, Muhammad Ali is one of the legends in the sport of professional boxing. At 6 feet 3 inches, he was an imposing figure ...
PelePele
Pele is a legendary sporting figure and an iconic soccer player who during his active years ruled the game to the point of being called the ...
Randy MossRandy Moss
Randy Moss, the eminent American football wide receiver, was capable enough to make any defense in the sports of football, wake up to a haunting ...
Richard Jefferson Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson is a popular American NBA basketball player who plays at the forward position and has represented the United States of America ...
Steffi GrafSteffi Graf
With 22 Grand Slams, 4 Olympic medals and 107 titles in her kitty and an inexhaustibly fruitful career spanning over 17 years, Steffi Graf is ...
Stephen John Steve NashSteve Nash
A reluctant celebrity and a brilliant basketball player, Steve Nash has become a household name in Canada. With a humble beginning as a ...
Steven SpurrierSteve Spurrier
Stephen Orr Spurrier, also known as Steve Spurrier, is a former player and an American college football coach. He showed considerable interest ...
Sugar Ray LeonardSugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard, the name which inspired a whole generation of boxers, is one of the most charming and popular boxers of our time. His parents ...
Valentino Rossi - MotoGP World ChampionValentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi, the ultimate idol of international motorbike racing, is one of the most talented and successful motorbike racers ever. ...
Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
An iconic player in the field of women tennis, Venus Williams is a name to reckon with. Her excellence at the game is prominent from the fact ...
Vincent Thomas Vince LombardiVince Lombardi
Vincent Thomas ‘Vince’ Lombardi was an American football player and a famous coach. He wasn’t a head coach in the National Football League for a ...
Wayne Mark RooneyWayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is an English footballer widely regarded as the country’s best player. He currently plays for Premier League club Manchester United ...
William Theodore Bill Walton IIIWilliam Theodore Wal...
William Theodore “Bill” Walton III is counted amongst the best basketball players ever to have graced the game in America. A tall man, he ...
Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
Talk about the talismans in the soccer world and the list would be incomplete without mentioning the name of the much skilled and talented ...