Famous American Sports Administrators

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 1 Vincent McMahon

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Famous As: CEO of WWE
Birthdate: August 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States

Vincent Kennedy McMahon is a professional wrestling promoter, currently serving as WWE's chairman and CEO. Often regarded as the most influential person in the history of professional wrestling, McMahon is credited with popularizing WWE. Also a well-known philanthropist, McMahon donated more than $8 million in 2008, giving grants to the Sacred Heart University, Fishburne Military School, and East Carolina University.

 2 Jerry West

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chelyan, West Virginia, United States

Basketball player Jerry West, also known as Mr. Clutch, for his ability to snatch games in clutch situations, is known for his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He was part of the US squads that won an Olympic gold in 1960 and a Pan American Games gold in 1959.

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 3 Billy Beane

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Famous As: Former Baseball Player & Administrator
Birthdate: March 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida

A former professional baseball player, Billy Beane went on to become a front office executive, a position which he has used to apply statistical analysis called sabermetrics to baseball. This has proved to be a game-changer as teams are now evaluating players based on this statistical analysis. His career inspired the film Moneyball where he was played by Brad Pitt.

 4 Jerry Krause

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Famous As: Scout
Birthdate: April 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 21, 2017

Jerry Krause was a sports scout and executive. He served as the general manager of the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for several years, from 1985 to 2003. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award twice. He died in 2017 and was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame later that year. 

 5 Roger Goodell

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Famous As: Sports Commissioner
Birthdate: February 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States

Though born into the well-known political family, Roger Goodell, the son of senator Charles Goodell, avoided politics and stepped into sports instead. The current NFL commissioner, he was instrumental in bringing about significant changes to decrease on-field concussions of players, by introducing punishments for hitting defenseless players.

 6 Tommy Lasorda

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: September 22, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States

Tommy Lasorda was a popular baseball player who later also served as a manager of the MLB team LA Dodgers. His coaching career saw him win two World Series for the Dodgers. He also led the American baseball team to a gold medal win at the Sydney Games.

 7 Tom Coughlin

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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: August 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Waterloo, New York, United States

In his 28-year coaching career, Tom Coughlin had been the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Giants. In his school days, he excelled in both football and basketball, but completely focused on football during his Syracuse University days. His Jay Fund assists children with leukemia and other cancers.

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 8 Nancy Benoit

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: May 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 22, 2007

Nancy Benoit first gained fame as a cover girl for Wrestling All Stars. She later appeared in matches, taking up numerous pseudonyms, such as Devil Angel, Woman, and Fallen Angel. She was later killed mercilessly along with her child, by her second husband, Canadian wrestler Chris Benoit, who then committed suicide.

 9 David Stern

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Famous As: Businessman, Lawyer
Birthdate: September 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.

Best remembered for his contributions to the National Basketball Association, David Stern began his stint with the NBA as an outside counsel before becoming its General Counsel, eventually the Commissioner, holding the post for thirty years. Credited with broadening the NBA's audience, he made the game popular both in and outside USA and helped to found Women's National Basketball Association.

 10 Joe Torre

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Famous As: Baseball executive
Birthdate: July 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Initially MLB’s chief baseball officer, Joe Torre has won 4 World Series championships for the New York Yankees, as a manager. He has authored books such as The Yankee Years. He and his wife have launched the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, which helps prevent domestic violence.

 11 Al Davis

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Famous As: American Football Coach & Executive
Birthdate: July 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brockton
Died: October 8, 2011
Allen Davis was the general manager and owner of the NFL team Oakland Raiders for 39 years. He had also been the Raiders’ head coach. His motto,"Just win, baby," led the Raiders to win three Super Bowl titles. He also hired the first Black NFL head coach.

 12 Phil Jackson

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Famous As: Former Basketball Player, Executive & Coach
Birthdate: September 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Deer Lodge, Montana, United States

Phil Jackson is a former professional basketball player who played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association and won the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973 when he was with New York Knicks. Later, he coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and led them both to numerous championships and league titles and is considered one of the greatest basketball coaches ever.

 13 Doug Collins

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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: July 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois, United States
Once a popular basketball player for the NBA team Philadelphia 76ers, Doug Collins later turned to coaching. He was part of the controversial Munich Olympics game that the US lost to Soviet Union and thus won a silver. Apart from the 76ers, he has also managed teams such as the Chicago Bulls.

 14 Jimmy Hart

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Known to his fans as The Mouth of the South, Jimmy Hart is a popular wrestling manage who works for WWE. As a teenager, he had joined the 60s’ band The Gentrys, which released the Billboard-charting track Keep on Dancing. He has also been the man behind many wrestlers’ entrance themes.

 15 Bo Schembechler

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Famous As: American football player, Sports administrator
Birthdate: April 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barberton
Died: November 17, 2006

Miami University head football coach Bo Schembechler was once part of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, known as the Ten-Year War. He was also dragged into a controversy when it was reported that in spite of several Michigan students claiming they were sexually abused by a university doctor, he downplayed the incidents.

 16 Art Rooney

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Famous As: NFL Team Founder, Owner
Birthdate: January 27, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coulterville, Pennsylvania
Died: August 25, 1988

Also known as The Chief, Art Rooney not only founded the NFL team Pittsburgh Steelers but was also named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He won the Super Bowl four times as an owner and was a major force behind the NFL-AFL merger. He was also a track racing enthusiast.

 17 Penny Chenery

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Famous As: Sportswoman
Birthdate: January 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, USA
Died: September 16, 2017

Penny Chenery was introduced to the world of Thoroughbred racing world by her father, Christopher Chenery. Penny owned the famed Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown owner. She was also one of the rare few women at the Columbia Business School back in her time. She also inspired a Disney film.

 18 Mike Mayock

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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Initially an Emmy-nominated NFL analyst, Mike Mayock is now the third general manager of the NFL team Las Vegas Raiders. He has also previously played for teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants. He had also worked in the commercial real estate market for 18 years.

 19 Bob McNair

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: November 23, 2018

Apart from owning NFL's Houston Texans, Bob McNair also gained fame as a self-made billionaire, who made it to the Forbes 400 in 2018. After a streak of failures in business, he finally managed to succeed with Cogen Technologies. He also headed the real-estate firm The McNair Group.

 20 A. Bartlett Giamatti

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Famous As: Academician, Scholar, Commissioner of Major League Baseball
Birthdate: April 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston
Died: September 1, 1989

The son of a professor, A. Bartlett Giamatti grew up to follow in his father’s footsteps and be a professor of English and the president of Yale. However, his love for baseball also made him an MLB Commissioner. As the president of the National League, he removed Pete Rose for shoving an umpire.

 21 Gabriel Chavarria

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Unites States

Best known for his role as Jacob Aguilar in the teen drama East Los High, Gabriel Chavarria had his first audition as a stroke of luck while visiting a park. The son of Honduran immigrants, he was once part of the Honduran soccer team and now runs the West Coast Elite soccer club.

 22 Bud Selig

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Famous As: Commissioner of Baseball
Birthdate: July 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

The current MLB Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball, Bud Selig had initially served the army and also worked as a car dealer. Named to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he has also been criticized for his failure to curb the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. He previously also owned the Milwaukee Brewers.

 23 Wellington Mara

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Famous As: Sports executive
Birthdate: August 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: October 25, 2005

Wellington Mara co-owned the NFL team New York Giants, as he inherited the team from his father and the team’s founder, Tim Mara. The Giants players named him The Duke, as it was believed he was named after the Duke of Wellington. He died of lymphoma at age 89.

 24 Alex Spanos

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Famous As: Real Estate Developer
Birthdate: September 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockton, California, United States
Died: October 9, 2018

Apart from being a successful real-estate magnate, Alex Spanos also owned a majority stake in the NFL team San Diego Chargers, later Los Angeles Chargers. The owner of reality major AG Spanos, he battled dementia in his later years and even penned a letter about his struggle, which was later published.

 25 Bob Bradley

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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: March 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, United States

Apart from being the first American manager of a Premier League club, Bob Bradley now serves as the head coach of the MLS team Los Angeles FC. He is the father of Toronto FC soccer player Michael Bradley. The Princeton graduate had also worked with Procter & Gamble before stepping into sports.

 26 Bobby Valentine

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, United States

Baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine, better known as Bobby V, has many accomplishments, such as leading the New York Mets to the 2000 World Series as a manager. He has also had stints with teams such as the Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers as a player.

 27 Paul Tagliabue

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was initially a lawyer who had worked with Covington & Burling. He is also part of the board of directors of Georgetown University and the Latin American retailer Netshoes. Apart from investing in business and higher education, he also participates in global public policy discussions.

 28 Avery Brundage

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Famous As: Sports Administrator
Birthdate: September 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 8, 1975

Avery Brundage was an American track and field athlete who took part in the 1912 Summer Olympics, competing in the decathlon and pentathlon events. He went on to become an influential figure in the Olympic movement and served as the president of the IOC for two decades. Avery Brundage is remembered for his involvement with Berlin 1936 and Munich 1972. 

 29 Jack Youngblood

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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Known for his 14-year stint with the NFL team Los Angeles Rams, football defensive end Jack Youngblood was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The seven-time Pro Bowl is also a five-time consensus All-Pro. He is also a known name in broadcasting and has penned a memoir, too.

 30 Brad Childress

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Famous As: American football coach
Birthdate: June 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois, USA

Brad Childress had a career of over 4 decades, coaching various NFL and college teams. His best stint was as the Minnesota Vikings head coach, where he mentored star players Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin. He has also coached teams such as Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

 31 Julio Franco

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hato Mayor Province, Dominican Republic

Dominican baseball player and coach Julio Franco made headlines as one of the oldest players of the MLB, playing even in his late 40s. While he began his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, he later also represented teams such as the New York Mets and the Texas Rangers.

 32 Jim Ryun

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States

Jim Ryun is an American former track and field athlete who won a silver medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics. At the peak of his career, Ryun was considered one of the top middle-distance runners in the world. He later became a politician and served in the US House of Representatives. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020.

 33 Alan Trammell

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Famous As: Baseball manager
Birthdate: February 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Garden Grove, California, United States

Known for his 20-year stint with the MLB team Detroit Tigers, baseball player Alan Trammell was a 6-time All Star, apart from being a World Series champion and MVP. Named to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he has also coached teams such as the Detroit Tigers.

 34 Turner Gill

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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthdate: August 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Former gridiron football player Turner Gill now serves as the University of Arkansas Student-Athlete and Staff Development executive director. Initially a quarterback for Nebraska, he later coached the team, along with other teams such as Buffalo, Kansas, and Liberty. His football career ended due to frequent injuries.

 35 Swin Cash

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States

Former basketball player Swin Cash is known for 15-season stint with the Women's National Basketball Association. Now the VP of New Orleans Pelicans, the 3-time WNBA champion is also a self-proclaimed Boy Mom to her two sons. She is the first Black woman to hold a basketball operation executive position.

 36 Ernie Roth

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Famous As: Wrestling manager
Birthdate: August 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
Died: October 12, 1983

Initially a disc jockey, Ernie Roth stepped into wrestling management later and turned out to be one of the most outrageous managers of all time. Known for his fancy turban, his mismatched attire, and his wraparound glares, he refrained from becoming a wrestler due to his short 5’7” stature.

 37 Charles Comiskey

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 15, 1859
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 26, 1931

An American League co-founder Charles Comiskey, better known by his nickname Commy, was one of the early members of the St. Louis Brown Stockings. Though part of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago White Sox owner was dragged into a controversy when his team was involved in the Black Sox Scandal.

 38 Phog Allen

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 18, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jamesport, Missouri, United States
Died: September 16, 1974

One of the prominent forces behind making basketball being represented in the Olympics, legendary basketball coach Phog Allen initially played basketball under the inventor of the game himself, James Naismith. Equipped with a degree in osteopathic medicine, he also treated sports injuries. He also once worked as a baseball umpire.

 39 Tom Yawkey

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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: February 21, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: July 9, 1976

Remembered as the owner of the American League baseball team Boston Red Sox, Tom Yawkey was a bright Yale alumnus who inherited his uncle’s wealth at age 16. He turned into a seasoned industrialist later but retained his passion for baseball. His foundation also donated to cancer research.

 40 Cherry

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: July 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States

Best known for managing the WWE team Deuce 'n Domino, Cherry was the quintessential blonde American beauty. Known for her signature style of chewing bubble gum, wearing skirts, and roller-skating into the arena, she later got into a public feud with Maryse, her replacement chosen by Deuce 'n Domino.

 41 Casey Wasserman

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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Currently the Chairman of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, Casey Wasserman is also the Chairman and CEO of Wasserman Media Group, a leading entertainment, sports and lifestyle marketing and management agency founded in 1998. Known for successfully heading the Los Angeles bid to host the 2028 Summer Olympics, he was also the owner of now defunct Los Angeles Avengers.

 42 Joe McCarthy

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 21, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 13, 1978

MLB manager Joe McCarthy is best known for his stint with the New York Yankees. He was also part of the minor league for 15 years. He tied with Casey Stengel to win nine league titles and seven World Series tournaments. He also set the 10 Commandments for Success in the Majors.

 43 Marvin Miller

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Famous As: Baseball Executive
Birthdate: April 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 27, 2012

Once the executive director of the MLB Players Association, Marvin Miller was also an economist employed by the US government during World War II. Named to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he had also been part of the negotiating team for the association’s collective bargaining agreement.

 44 Hank Bauer

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: July 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois, United States
Died: February 9, 2007

 45 Katrina Adams

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

A woman of many firsts, Katrina Adams is possibly best known as the first African-American and also the first former tennis player to serve as the President and CEO of the United States Tennis Association.  A double specialist, she competed on the WTA Tour for 12 years, winning twenty career double titles, reaching a career-high doubles ranking of no. 8.

 46 Frank Leahy

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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: O'Neill, Nebraska, United States
Died: June 21, 1973

Football player and coach Frank Leahy is best remembered for his stint as a coach at the University of Notre Dame and Boston College. He led Notre Dame to four national championship wins. Named to the College Football Hall of Fame, he also served as a sports columnist and a TV commentator.

 47 A. G. Spalding

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Famous As: Baseball Manager
Birthdate: September 2, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Illinois, United States
Died: September 9, 1915

Apart from being a baseball player, A. G. Spalding was also sports goods manufacturer who co-owned A.G. Spalding and Brothers. Named to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he also penned the annual Spalding’s Official Baseball Guide and the history of baseball named America’s National Game.

 48 B.J. McLeod

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: November 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wauchula, Florida, United States

Apart from competing in the NASCAR Cup Series, B.J. McLeod also owns Live Fast Motorsports and B. J. McLeod Motorsports. He was once the youngest driver in his circuit. The son of business owners, he was determined to own a business by age 5 but later stepped into racing.

 49 Jim Barnett

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: June 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: September 18, 2004

Former basketball player and Golden State Warriors TV analyst Jim Barnett began his NBA career with the Boston Celtics. He has also had a successful broadcasting career, with his co-hosting stint on Warriors Live pre-game shows. He has also been part of the Warriors Basketball Camp and is a public speaker, too.

 50 Earl Blaik

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 6, 1989

Presidential Medal of Freedom-winning football player and coach Earl Blaik was the son of a blacksmith. He led the Army football teams to three consecutive national championships and was a strong supporter of two-platoon football. In 1951, almost his entire team was punished for breaking the honor code.