Directory containing biographies of world famous sportsmen and sportswomen.

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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 GiamattiA. 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. FoytA. 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 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 ...
Alan ShearerAlan 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 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 RodriguezAlex Rodriguez
Alexander Emmanuel ‘Alex’ Rodriguez, famously known as “A-Rod”, is an American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major ...
Alexander AlekhineAlexander Alekhine
Alexander Alekhine was the fourth World Chess Champion who won several chess tournaments throughout his career. He also authored more than ...
Allen IversonAllen 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 all time’. ...
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 ...
Andy RoddickAndy Roddick
Andrew Stephen ‘Andy’ Roddick is a retired American professional tennis player who was known for his powerful play and strokes. He was born in a ...
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 PalmerArnold 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 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 ...
Bear BryantBear Bryant
Paul William “Bear” Bryant was a college football coach who had an illustrious career as the head coach of the University of Alabama football ...
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 ...
William Bill ShanklyBill Shankly
Bill Shankly took the long walk from humble beginnings in an obsolete mining village to the annals of football. Surviving the harsh conditions ...
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 ...
Bob UeckerBob 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 BowdenBobby Bowden
Robert Cleckler Bowden, popularly known as "Bobby" is one of the legendary football coaches who tasted great success throughout his career. He ...
Bobby FischerBobby 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 OrrBobby 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 a ...
Brett FavreBrett 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 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 ...
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 all ...
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 ...
Chuck NorrisChuck 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 being ...
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 ...
Dean SmithDean 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 JeterDerek 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 ChandDhyan 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 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 ...
Emil ZatopekEmil 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 SmithEmmitt 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 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 ...
Eric LiddellEric 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 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 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 ‘The ...
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 ...
Hank AaronHank 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 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 ...
James NaismithJames Naismith
James Naismith was a Canadian-American sports coach and innovator of the game ‘basketball’. He designed the game at Springfield YMCA and after ...
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 ...
Jesse VenturaJesse 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 ThorpeJim 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 of ...
Jimmy ConnorsJimmy 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 SteinJock 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 DiMaggioJoe 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 LouisJoe Louis
Joe Louis was an illustrious world heavyweight boxing champion, who held the title of ‘world heavyweight champion’ for longer than anyone else ...
Joe MorganJoe 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 NamathJoe 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 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 ...
Kapil DevKapil 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 GarnettKevin Garnett
Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player who started his glorious career in the sport with the NBA draft Minnesota ...
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 ...
Leander PaesLeander 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 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 ...
Lou GehrigLou 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 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 ...
Mary KomMary 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 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 ...
Milkha SinghMilkha 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 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 ...
Natalie CoughlinNatalie 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 BrownPaul Brown
Paul Brown was a famous American football coach in the ‘All-America Football Conference’ and the ‘National Football League’. He became the head ...
Paul PiercePaul 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 ...
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 ...
Pete MaravichPete Maravich
Pete Maravich was a legendary American basketball player who gave the game a new dimension. Before even turning professional, Maravich created ...
Peyton ManningPeyton 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 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 ...
Red AuerbachRed 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 PitinoRick 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 FedererRoger 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 TendulkarSachin 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 PaigeSatchel Paige
Satchel Paige was a legendary African-American baseball player. His real name was Leroy Robert Paige and he earned the nickname ‘Satchel’ when ...
Serena WilliamsSerena Williams
Serena Williams is one of the most renowned and established names in the world tennis circle. Immensely talented and skilled player, she throws ...
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 ...