As the birthplace of the United States of America, Philadelphia has played an invaluable role in shaping the USA as we know it today.
In sports, Philadelphia is often viewed as an underachiever. Usually, Philadelphia teams and their athletes fall short. During my lifetime, only the 2008 Phillies have won their respective championship, although Philadelphia's major sports teams (Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, 76ers) have reached the championship round seven times since 1991.
In between the Philly sports failures, though, there are many successes. Some of the greatest to ever play their respective sports represented the City of Brotherly Love. Today, I will honor what I feel are the top 10 biggest stars in Philadelphia sports history.
By “stars,” I do not just mean athletes. In fact, I have given only one Philadelphia athlete his own slide.
For all other slides, I have listed one star that I feel best represents that piece of Philadelphia sports history.
None of the Philadelphia human sports stars listed are active and/or have not officially retired. Nobody can accurately define the legacies of active (or recently retired) sports stars, because their ultimate impacts on their sports have not yet been realized.
Each of the 10 listed have made significant impact not just on Philadelphia sports, but on American sports as a whole.
My greatest challenge in creating this list was deciding who made the cut, and therefore deciding who to leave out. After coming up with the 10, it was also difficult to rank them.
The comments section is a great place to debate about the list. Who should I have left off the list? Conversely, who do you feel I left out? Who do you feel I ranked too high or too low?
In the meantime, we will walk down memory lane—or Broad Street, more accurately—and remember the best of Philadelphia sports.