As a life long Chicagoan, I have seen my fair share of great athletes in this city. So, I decided to attempt to put together my list of the Top 100 Chicago Athletes of All Time.
A few ground rules before we get started:
I only went as far back as World War II, or 1945, because of how difficult it is to compare athletes from different eras.
Second, I only included athletes who played professionally in Chicago. For example, Dwayne Wade was born on the South Side and was a high school basketball star at Richards High School. However, he is not included on the list because he plays in Miami.
The only exception to this was with Olympic athletes, as I included four who were born in Chicago, but did not necessarily compete in Chicago.
All major sports were considered, and I hope I have done a good job fairly representing everyone.
A special thanks to Tab Bamford, who helped me out in assembling my list of 100, when i could only come up with 70-something.
His knowledge of Chicago sports is incredible, and I can't thank him enough for his help.
I am going to do this in five different slideshows, so I hope you will follow the series as it progresses. I look forward to your feedback, and I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.