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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

Joe Morgan Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan is universally regarded as one of the best second basemen ever to play baseball as he reached the heights of both personal and team ...

Joe Namath Joe Namath

Joe Namath is a former American football quarterback. He played in the AFL and NFL and earned the title of ‘Broadway Joe’ for his off-field ...

Julio Cesar Chavez Julio 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 ...

Kapil Dev Kapil Dev

Considered to be one of the greatest cricketing all-rounders of all time, Kapil Dev is a former Indian cricketer best known for leading his team ...

Kevin Garnett Kevin Garnett

Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player who started his glorious career in the sport with the NBA draft Minnesota ...

Lance Armstrong Lance 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 ...

Leander Paes Leander Paes

The oldest man to have won a Glad Slam title, Leander Paes is an Indian professional tennis player considered to be among the best contemporary ...

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 Messi Lionel 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 ...

Lou Gehrig Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig was a legendary American baseball player who was voted the greatest first baseman of all time by the Baseball Writers' Association. ...

Mario Andretti Mario 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 ...

Mary Kom Mary Kom

A sportswoman who has made India proud with her glorious achievements, Mary Kom is a boxer—the only Indian woman boxer who managed to qualify ...

Michael Johnson Michael 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 Phelps Michael 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 Tyson Mike Tyson

Standing tall at 5ft 10 inches, weighing 200 pounds and more is a heavy muscled prodigious puncher Mike Tyson. Christened as Michael Gerard ...

Milkha Singh Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh is a former Indian track and field sprinter who was the first Indian male athlete to win an individual athletics gold medal at a ...

Muhammad Ali Muhammad 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 ...

Natalie Coughlin Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin is an American swimmer and winner of twelve Olympic medals. She is one of the most celebrated and decorated athletes of ...

Paul Brown Paul Brown

Paul Brown was a famous American football coach in the ‘All-America Football Conference’ and the ‘National Football League’. He became ...

Paul Pierce Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce is one of the famous American basketball players in history. Strong and athletic with smooth playing skills and a nose for the ...

Pele Pele

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 ...

Pete Maravich Pete Maravich

Pete Maravich was a legendary American basketball player who gave the game a new dimension. Before even turning professional, Maravich created ...

Peyton Manning Peyton Manning

Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Before that he had a ...

Randy Moss Randy 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 ...

Red Auerbach Red Auerbach

Arnold Jacob “Red” Auerbach was an American basketball coach regarded as the mastermind behind the success of the Boston Celtics. One of the ...

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 ...

Rick Pitino Rick Pitino

Richard Andrew “Rick” Pitino is an American basketball coach who has the honor of being the only men’s coach in NCAA history to lead three ...

Roger Bannister Roger Bannister

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE is a former English athlete, academic and neurologist. He is famous as the athlete who ran the first ...

Roger Federer Roger Federer

Deemed by tennis pundits as the greatest player of all time, Federer is known for his prompt speed, fluid play and exceptional shot making. His ...

Sachin Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar

When Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar made his test debut against Pakistan as a 16 year old, little did the world know that the curly-haired ...

Satchel Paige Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige was a legendary African-American baseball player. His real name was Leroy Robert Paige and he earned the nickname ‘Satchel’ ...