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Directory containing biographies of world famous sportsmen and sportswomen.

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.

A. Bartlett Giamatti A. Bartlett Giamatti

Angelo Bartlett Giamatti was a brilliant scholar and specialized in Comparative Literature. As a professor, he left a lasting impression on his ...

A. J. Foyt A. J. Foyt

Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr. or A. J. Foyt was the son of an auto mechanic who built midget race cars. Encouraged by his father, he became a racer ...

Abebe Bikila Abebe 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 ...

Aksel Lund Svindal Aksel Lund Svindal

Aksel Lund Svindal is a Norwegian alpine ski racer. He made his first World Cup appearance when he was 18. He has since competed in multiple ...

Al Davis Al Davis

Allen "Al" Davis was an American football executive and coach. He was the principal owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders of the ...

Alan Hansen Alan Hansen

Alan Hansen is one of the players who played a pivotal role in making the football club ‘Liverpool’, the famous name that it is today. In a ...

Alan Shearer Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer is a retired English footballer who was regarded as one of the world’s best strikers. Recognized for his skills at a tender age ...

Alan Smith Alan Smith

At a very young age of 18, Alan made himself visible in the international football scene by the virtue of his talent. Alan stole the hearts of ...

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 ...

Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez

Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez, famously known as "A-Rod", is an American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League ...

Alexander Alekhine Alexander Alekhine

Alexander Alekhine was the fourth World Chess Champion who won several chess tournaments throughout his career. He also authored more than ...

Allen Iverson Allen Iverson

Also known by the nickname, ‘A.I” and ‘The Answer’, Allen Iverson has been rated by ESPN as ‘the fifth greatest NBA shooting guard of ...

Althea Gibson Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson was born in a poor family, but her financial conditions didn’t deter her from excelling in the world of tennis. Despite being a ...

Andre Agassi Andre 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 ...

Andy Roddick Andy Roddick

Andrew Stephen ‘Andy’ Roddick is a retired American professional tennis player who was known for his powerful play and strokes. He was born ...

Andy Schleck Andy Schleck

Andy Schleck is a recently-retired Luxembourgian professional cyclist. Regaled as a prodigy in his early career, he was touted as the next great ...

Anna Bessonova Anna Bessonova

Anna Bessonova is a Ukrainian former individual rhythmic gymnast. She is an Olympic Bronze medalist and the 2007 World All-around Champion. A ...

Anna Chicherova Anna Chicherova

Anna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper who won the gold medal at 2012 London Olympics. She also won the gold medal at the 2011 World ...

Anna Kournikova Anna Kournikova

A former World Number 1 professional tennis player, Anna Kournikova along with her doubles partner Martina Hingis won two Grand Slam titles ...

Anthony Mundine Anthony Mundine

Anthony Mundine is an Australian professional boxer and one of the country’s most popular and controversial athletes. He is also a former ...

Arnold Palmer Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer turned the status of the game of golf from being a mere game to a compelling sports activity. Fondly nicknamed The King, he is ...

Arthur Ashe Arthur 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 Senna Ayrton 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 Zaharias Babe 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 Ruth Babe 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 Bonds Barry 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 ...

Bear Bryant Bear Bryant

Paul William “Bear” Bryant was a college football coach who had an illustrious career as the head coach of the University of Alabama ...

Ben Hogan Ben 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 ...

Benjamin Spock Benjamin Spock

Benjamin McLane Spock was an American pediatrician, most noted as the author of one of the bestselling nonfiction books of all time ‘Baby and ...

Bernard Hinault Bernard Hinault

Bernard Hinault is a former French cyclist counted among the best cyclists of all times. A five-time winner of the prestigious Tour de France, ...

Beth Tweddle Beth Tweddle

This enthusiastic and full-of-energy gymnast was born to gain popularity, not just in Britain but across the world. By entering into gymnastics ...

Bill Bowerman Bill 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 ...

Bill Russell Bill Russell

Regarded as one of the best ever players in the history of National Basketball Association (NBA), William Felton “Bill” Russell is a retired ...

William Bill Shankly Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly took the long walk from humble beginnings in an obsolete mining village to the annals of football. Surviving the harsh conditions ...

Billie Jean King Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is a former world No. 1 professional tennis player. She dominated women’s tennis with 39 Grand Slam -12 singles, 12 doubles ...

Billy Sunday Billy Sunday

Billy Sunday was best known for his participation in the baseball National League during the 19th century and his agility on field. Despite ...

Bob Uecker Bob Uecker

A multi-talented personality, Bob Uecker enjoys a special place in the world of baseball. Starting off his career as a baseball player, he soon ...

Robert Cleckler Bobby Bowden Bobby Bowden

Robert Cleckler Bowden, popularly known as "Bobby" is one of the legendary football coaches who tasted great success throughout his career. He ...

Bobby Fischer Bobby Fischer

A chess prodigy, Bobby Fischer went on to become the greatest chess player of all time, bagging the World Championship title along with several ...

Bobby Orr Bobby Orr

Robert Gordon “Bobby” Orr is a former professional ice hockey player regarded as one of the greatest ever players of the game. He played as ...

Brett Favre Brett Favre

Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former football quarterback who played for different teams like the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and New York ...

Bruce Jenner Bruce 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 ...

Cadel Evans Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans is a former Australian professional racing cyclist who won the 2011 Tour de France. One of the most successful professional cyclists ...

carl lewis Carl 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 ...

Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony

At 6ft 8inches height with sturdy arms and a bird’s vision, Carmelo Anthony is undoubtedly one of the most prolific basketball players of all ...

Casey Stengel Casey Stengel

Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel was an American Major League Baseball manager, often regarded as the most successful manager of the game for ...

Cathy Freeman Cathy 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 ...

Chris Froome Chris Froome

Chris Froome is a Kenyan born British professional cyclist and the winner of the 2013 ‘Tour de France’. He raced as a teenager and left ...

Chuck Norris Chuck Norris

Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris is a martial art expert who has appeared in a number of action films and television roles. He is most famous for ...

Cy Young Cy 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 ...

Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt was born to, a NASCAR Grand National champion, Ralph Earnhardt. His racing career started with a boom at the Winston Cup when he ...

Dan Gable Dan Gable

Dan Gable is a former Olympic wrestler and head coach who is often considered to be one of the greatest amateur wrestlers in American history. ...

Dan Marino Dan Marino

Dan Marino is a former American football quarterback. He played for the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League (NFL). For several years, ...

Danica Patrick Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick is an American car racing driver and the first woman to win an IndyCar championship event. She is considered to be one of the ...

Daniela Silivas Daniela Silivaș...

Viorica Daniela Silivaș-Harper, better known as Daniela Silivas, is a former Romanian gymnast who won seven world titles and three Olympic ...

David Ortiz David Ortiz

David Americo Ortiz Arias, popularly known as ‘Big Papi’, is a Dominican-American professional baseball player, the designated hitter, with ...

Dean Smith Dean Smith

Dean Edwards Smith is a former American collegiate basketball coach. He is known for coaching at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for ...

Deion Sanders Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders is not just an athlete; he is a super athlete! A sportsman possessing immense physical strength and stamina, he was someone who ...

Derek Jeter Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter is a legendary baseball player who has played 19 seasons with the Major League Baseball. He has won the World Series five times and ...

Dhyan Chand Dhyan Chand

The winner of three Olympic gold medals in field hockey, Indian hockey player Dhyan Chand was undoubtedly one of the best sportsmen ever to have ...

Diego Maradona Diego Maradona

Excellent dribbling action, powerful assists, accurate passes and impressive footwork made Diego Mardona rise up to the ranks, within a short ...

Don King Don 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 ...

Dwayne Johnson Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson is professional wrestler turned actor known for his appearance in the fantasy adventure film, ‘The Mummy Returns’. A highly ...

Emil Zatopek Emil Zatopek

One of the greatest long-distance runners of the 20th century, Emil Zatopek shot to great fame with his three gold medal victories at the Summer ...

Emmitt Smith Emmitt Smith

When Emmitt Smith first chose to play football, he was considered too small for the sport. However, he managed to impress his fans and ascended ...

Eric Cantona Eric 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 ...

Eric Liddell Eric Liddell

Eric Henry Liddell was a Scottish athlete, rugby player and a famous missionary. He is most famously known as the winner of the men's 400 meters ...

Ernie Banks Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks is one of the most admired black professional baseball players in the history of American baseball. Popularly known as Mr Cub or Mr ...

Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara

The new king of cycle racing, Fabian Cancellara is very passionate about his sport, and this is evident from his consistent performance. During ...

Fernando Torres Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres is one of the most popular footballers of recent times and has achieved great heights at an early age. This talented sports ...

Fränk Schleck Fränk Schleck...

Fränk Schleck is a Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Trek Factory Racing. He comes from a family of professional ...

Fred Perry Fred 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. ...

Gary Player Gary 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 Best George Best

George Best was arguably one of the most talented footballers of his era who captivated his fans with his extraordinary skill, agility and ...

George Blanda George Blanda

The only player to have played 26 seasons of professional football in the history of American football, George Blanda was rightfully called ...

George Foreman George 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 Strachan Gordon Strachan

Quick-witted, unpredictable, nimble and extremely talented - Gordon Strachan has left an indelible impression as one of the greatest Scottish ...

Hadi Saei Hadi Saei

Hadi Saei Bonehkohal is a former Iranian taekwondo athlete who has won 2 Olympic gold medals for his country. He is considered one of the ...

Hank Aaron Hank Aaron

The rag to riches story of Hand Aaron, a retired American baseball player, is remarkable and inspirational in the true sense. Born in an ...

Hannah Whelan Hannah Whelan

Hannah Whelan is a British Gymnast, best known for her performance in the ‘Beijing Olympics’. She asked her mother to begin gymnastic ...

Herb Brooks Herb Brooks

Herbert Paul Brooks, Jr. was an American ice hockey player and coach. He started playing ice-hockey early, and made a mark at high school and ...

Imran Khan Imran Khan

Imran Khan became an inspiration to youngsters for venturing into cricket on an international level. He rose to popularity with his amazing ...

Irving Saladino Irving Saladino

Irving Saladino has arguably been one of the most prolific athletes produced by Panama, being the first and only Olympic gold medalist for his ...

Jack Dempsey Jack Dempsey

The great boxing icon Jack Dempsey who held the World Heavyweight Championship title from 1919 to 1926 was a boxer famous for his aggression, ...

Jack Johnson Jack 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 Nicklaus Jack 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 ...

Jackie Robinson Jackie 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 ...

James Naismith James Naismith

James Naismith was a Canadian-American sports coach and innovator of the game ‘basketball’. He designed the game at Springfield YMCA and ...

Jamie Dwyer Jamie Dwyer

Jamie Dwyer is a famous Australian hockey player counted among the greatest players of the sport in the contemporary era. With an Olympic gold, ...

Jerry Rice Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice is a sporting legend who revived the face of football with his outstanding talent and playing gimmicks. A former American football ...

Jesse Owens Jesse 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 ...

Jesse Ventura Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura served as the 38th governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He had successful careers as a wrestler, actor and author. Born as ...

Jim Stynes Jim Stynes

Jim Stynes is a footballer who went on to be known as the pride of Australian football over the years. In a career spanning 264 games, Stynes ...

Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe

Often regarded as the greatest athlete of the 20th century, James Francis “Jim” Thorpe was a versatile athlete who excelled in a wide number ...

Jimmy Connors Jimmy Connors

The winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles, Jimmy Connors is a former World No.1 tennis player who held the No. 1 ranking for 160 consecutive ...

Jimmy Johnson Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson is a legendary American football coach who is credited with several awards and championships. Starting as an Assistant coach, ...

Jock Stein Jock Stein

The first ever manager of a British side to win the European Cup, John Stein was a footballer and manager of Scottish origins. Popularly known ...

Joe DiMaggio Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio is, till date, widely regarded as one of the most popular basketball players of all time. He was an iconic figure, who enthralled ...

Joe Louis Joe Louis

Joe Louis was an illustrious world heavyweight boxing champion, who held the title of ‘world heavyweight champion’ for longer than anyone ...