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Who was your favorite athlete when you first started watching sports?
If you can remember that long ago, do you remember who your favorite players (of any sport) were that were active at the time?
Also what was your first favorite sport to watch and to play with the other kids?
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172.0741. Who was your favorite athlete when you first started watching sports?

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#1 | 829 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Baseball - Cubs - Bill Buckner, Jose Cardenal, Others - Steve Carlton & Rod Carew (edited - Ernie Banks retired when I was 2 yrs old, so I never got to watch him play).

Football - Walter Payton

Hockey - Stan Mikita

Basketball - Dr. J (Julius Irving), but on the Bulls, it was Reggie Theus and Artis Gilmore (the A-Train)

Fave sport to play with others - BASEBALL - been playing since age 6 and still play today (softball)
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#1 | 829 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Baseball - Cubs - Bill Buckner, Jose Cardenal, Others - Steve Carlton & Rod Carew (edited - Ernie Banks retired when I was 2 yrs old, so I never got to watch him play).

Football - Walter Payton

Hockey - Stan Mikita

Basketball - Dr. J (Julius Irving), but on the Bulls, it was Reggie Theus and Artis Gilmore (the A-Train)

Fave sport to play with others - BASEBALL - been playing since age 6 and still play today (softball)
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#2 | 829 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)
Great question.

Of course, I remember. Football, 49ers, Joe Montana was my first love. I've been watching football and basketball all of my life it seems, but Joe is the first player I remember really loving. NBA, my first favorite player love was with Magic, then Larry Bird, Joe Dumars, and Isaiah Thomas...in that order. When I started watching older stuff that my dad would find for me, I fell in love with Bob Cousy, Jerry West, Bob Pettit, and Oscar Robertson. I still watch stuff on them sometimes.... and really there are so many more from the NBA.

Oh, and as a kid, I had a thing for Roberto Clemente. Read about him over and over again. I don't know who brought him to my attention, but that probably is the only reason that I starting watching baseball at all.

We played football, softball, and dodgeball a lot.
#3 | 829 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Baseball - Cubs - Bill Buckner, Jose Cardenal, Others - Steve Carlton & Rod Carew (edited - Ernie Banks retired when I was 2 yrs old, so I never got to watch him play).

Football - Walter Payton

Hockey - Stan Mikita

Basketball - Dr. J (Julius Irving), but on the Bulls, it was Reggie Theus and Artis Gilmore (the A-Train)

Fave sport to play with others - BASEBALL - been playing since age 6 and still play today (softball)
First love was always basketball Globetrotter Pablo Robinson lived on my block and my brothers took me Harlem Park to see a summer game and I fell in with this guy who had a huge afro and it seemed like he could fly and everyone was yelling "'brooklyn brooklyn brooklyn- none other the "Hawk" himself- Connie Hawkins then came Julius Erving
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#4 | 829 days ago

In my neighborhood there was always establishment's owned by sports stars we had

Big Wilt's(Wilt Chamberlain) Smalls Paradise - jazz club
Roy Campanella Wines & Spirits - liquor store
Clyde's ( Walt Frazier) - restaurant famous Chicken & Waffles
Jackie Robinson Youth Center - YMCA
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#5 | 829 days ago

Football was Roger Staubach & Tony Dorsett, then Steve Grogan
Basketball was Larry Bird
Baseball was Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, and Carl Yazstremski
Hockey was Bobby Orr
Nascar (because I used to listen to it on the radio as a child) Bobby Allison and Buddy Baker.
Open wheel racing was AJ Foyt
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#6 | 829 days ago

I had a few: 

NFL - Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, Steve Largent, Dave Krieg, Cortez Kennedy and Rufus Porter

NBA - Jordan (of course), Clyde "The Glide" Drexler, Magic, Jason Kidd, Danny Ainge (he's from Oregon...)

MLB - Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell, Matt Williams and Barry Bonds
#7 | 829 days ago

White Sox - Harold Baines
Bears - Sweetness
Bulls - Artis Gilmore
Blackhawks - Denis Savard
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#8 | 829 days ago

Ken Dryden and Jon Boccabella. The Habs and Expos always had players come to our school, I met them in kindergarten.
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#9 | 829 days ago

(Edited by jswol54)
Football (NFL) - Sweetness, Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton, Neal Anderson, Jim McMahon, Brad Muster....who am I kidding - the entire Bears roster.  They are my #1 team and always will be....though my Irish are right there.

Football (college) - Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, Tony Rice, Chris Zorich, Ricky Watters, Rodney Culver (RIP), Pat Terrel, Stan Smagala, Jeff Alm, and Michael Stonebreaker.

Baseball - Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, Mark Grace, Shawn Dunston, and Ken Griffey Jr. 

Basketball - MJ, Pip, Horace Grant, Jerome Kersey, and Clyde Drexler.

Hockey - Jeremy Roenick, Steve Larmer, Ed Belfour, and Dirk Graham.

Favorite sport to play is basketball, though I was always best at baseball. 
#10 | 829 days ago

Carl Taylor, Terry Bradshaw, Shirley Muldowney, Connie Kalitta, Don Garlits, Joe Theisman, Joe Greene
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#11 | 829 days ago

Football -  Joe Washington was the man at OU. I had a paper route and took a buck and bought silver spray paint to paint my "football" shoes like his. As far as a pro player it was Jack Lambert. I couldn't stand the Cowboys or any of their fans so the Steelers became my team.

baseball - Johnny Bench was from OK and I tried to be a catcher, but I sucked major a**. Centerfield was a better fit.

Basketball - I started out liking Jojo White of Cel&^$, but then I saw Dr.J and that was it.


We were constantly playing baseball or watching baseball.
#12 | 829 days ago

(Edited by The_Real_Stoney)
Football - Broncos safety Dennis Smith

Hockey - Bruins winger Cam Neely

Baseball - Don Mattingly

Basketball - Larry Bird

Bowling - Earl Anthony

I forced my neighborhood minions to play baseball, whiffleball, street hockey, street football, tennis, basketball, think I can hit you with this rock from way over here, you name it
#13 | 829 days ago

ironhead_mike wrote:
Football was Roger Staubach & Tony Dorsett, then Steve Grogan
Basketball was Larry Bird
Baseball was Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, and Carl Yazstremski
Hockey was Bobby Orr
Nascar (because I used to listen to it on the radio as a child) Bobby Allison and Buddy Baker.
Open wheel racing was AJ Foyt
What the hell is open wheel racing?


Oh haiii!
#14 | 829 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
What the hell is open wheel racing?


Oh haiii!
Indy Car.

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#15 | 829 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
What the hell is open wheel racing?


Oh haiii!
It's real racing.  Not that turning left all day stuff. 


I kid, I kid. 
#16 | 829 days ago

jswol54 wrote:
It's real racing.  Not that turning left all day stuff. 


I kid, I kid. 
Look, They're making another left turn! LOL and I like Nascar!
#17 | 829 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Baseball - Cubs - Bill Buckner, Jose Cardenal, Others - Steve Carlton & Rod Carew (edited - Ernie Banks retired when I was 2 yrs old, so I never got to watch him play).

Football - Walter Payton

Hockey - Stan Mikita

Basketball - Dr. J (Julius Irving), but on the Bulls, it was Reggie Theus and Artis Gilmore (the A-Train)

Fave sport to play with others - BASEBALL - been playing since age 6 and still play today (softball)
I am totally with you on Bill Buckner, and Walter Payton, For Chicago, but being A Pittsburgh fan, I gotta through in Rocky Blier, and Mean Joe Greene!
#18 | 829 days ago

Green_eyed_Deja wrote:
Look, They're making another left turn! LOL and I like Nascar!
I like partying on the infield at NASCAR events.  I also like Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights.  That's where it ends for me, though.   
#19 | 829 days ago

As a child I watched Baseball, The Orioles and loved Earl Weaver who managed them and my fave player was Frank Robinson.
In 1992 I watched my first NFL Football game ever and fell in love with Emmitt Smith. To this day I'm still so very proud of him. heart
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#20 | 829 days ago

Lobotomy Jones wrote:
Indy Car.

Oh, well he should've just said that. I was like sh**, I just learned what Indy whatever was last week, and now there's other sh**, damn. I see now.

Boutros Ghali.
#21 | 829 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Oh, well he should've just said that. I was like sh**, I just learned what Indy whatever was last week, and now there's other sh**, damn. I see now.

Boutros Ghali.
Look at you, all learning and stuff!
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#22 | 829 days ago


When i was a kid we had kind of limited tv channel options but i was still able to watch Atlanta Braves baseball games on TBS and Saints games. My fav's to watch for years were


Baseball - Dale Murphy

Football - Rickey Jackson - Leader of the Dome Patrol Defense
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#23 | 829 days ago

jswol54 wrote:
It's real racing.  Not that turning left all day stuff. 


I kid, I kid. 
You are dangerously close!
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#24 | 829 days ago

jswol54 wrote:
I like partying on the infield at NASCAR events.  I also like Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights.  That's where it ends for me, though.   
I have never been to a race yet,  and I don't think I have ever sit and watched a whole race, but I flip it on occaisionally to see where everybody is at.
#25 | 829 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
Look at you, all learning and stuff!
: )
#26 | 829 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
: )
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#27 | 829 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
You are dangerously close!
Close to.....?


I'm actually a pretty big Kasey Krane fan.  And Robby Gordon.  We partied with him once.   

I have never been to a race yet

Go.  I'm no fan and even I had fun.  I knew it was going to be a blast when I saw a midget giving some girl a lap dance upon walking in. 
#28 | 829 days ago

jswol54 wrote:
Close to.....?


I'm actually a pretty big Kasey Krane fan.  And Robby Gordon.  We partied with him once.   

I have never been to a race yet

Go.  I'm no fan and even I had fun.  I knew it was going to be a blast when I saw a midget giving some girl a lap dance upon walking in. 
I'll have to go since I am straight across the state from Daytona!
#29 | 829 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Oh, well he should've just said that. I was like sh**, I just learned what Indy whatever was last week, and now there's other sh**, damn. I see now.

Boutros Ghali.
hiiii friiiind! ;)

should have just called it Indy Car... when I watched Foyt race it was known as Champ Car or CART.
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#30 | 829 days ago

jswol54 wrote:
Close to.....?


I'm actually a pretty big Kasey Krane fan.  And Robby Gordon.  We partied with him once.   

I have never been to a race yet

Go.  I'm no fan and even I had fun.  I knew it was going to be a blast when I saw a midget giving some girl a lap dance upon walking in. 
did I post the right song? (see how I changed the subject)
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#31 | 829 days ago

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#32 | 829 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Oh, well he should've just said that. I was like sh**, I just learned what Indy whatever was last week, and now there's other sh**, damn. I see now.

Boutros Ghali.
WTF? is that code for STFU or are you just throwing that out there because it sounded Indy Car-ish.
#33 | 829 days ago

mojo wrote:
WTF? is that code for STFU or are you just throwing that out there because it sounded Indy Car-ish.
?
#34 | 829 days ago

I am so lucky when it comes to sports & sports heroes. In my life I got to see...
Boxing - Ali, Ray Leonard, Forman, Fraiser, Tyson, Trinidad, Aaron Pryor
Football - Gayle Sayers, Barry Sanders, Joe Montana, Earl Campbell, Lawerence Taylor
Basketball - Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic, Jordan. Olajowan
Baseball - Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, Brooks Robinson, Joe Morgan, Nolan Ryan
Golf - Tiger, Jack Nicklus, Greg Norman,
...and so many more. I just named my favorites (cause I'm selfish like that)
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#35 | 829 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Great question.

Of course, I remember. Football, 49ers, Joe Montana was my first love. I've been watching football and basketball all of my life it seems, but Joe is the first player I remember really loving. NBA, my first favorite player love was with Magic, then Larry Bird, Joe Dumars, and Isaiah Thomas...in that order. When I started watching older stuff that my dad would find for me, I fell in love with Bob Cousy, Jerry West, Bob Pettit, and Oscar Robertson. I still watch stuff on them sometimes.... and really there are so many more from the NBA.

Oh, and as a kid, I had a thing for Roberto Clemente. Read about him over and over again. I don't know who brought him to my attention, but that probably is the only reason that I starting watching baseball at all.

We played football, softball, and dodgeball a lot.
I  forgot about Clemente Best outfielder ever. And Rod Carew. Dude would hit the baseball...with "english"
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#36 | 829 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
did I post the right song? (see how I changed the subject)
#37 | 829 days ago

Aurelio Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers,  my dad about had a cow cuz I had a crush on mescan.
#38 | 829 days ago

First sport I started watching was baseball in '87 I think, my favorite players were Jose Canseco & Ozzie Smith
I started getting into football after seeing the '89 super bowl between the 49ers & Bengals, I immediately became obsessed with Joe Montana and cherished him as my role model for many years after.
in basketball it was Magic Johnson & Charles Barkley. Hockey, Wayne Gretzky
#39 | 829 days ago

George THE ICEMAN Gervin - He had the baddest, sweetest finger roll and the deadliest jumper in the NBA at that time

Tony Dorsett - was the MAN at the U of Pittsburgh, then went to DALLAS!!!!!
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#40 | 829 days ago

DeeRigga wrote:
George THE ICEMAN Gervin - He had the baddest, sweetest finger roll and the deadliest jumper in the NBA at that time

Tony Dorsett - was the MAN at the U of Pittsburgh, then went to DALLAS!!!!!
Isn't it sorta blasphemous to root for a Pitt star as a Dallas fan? 
#41 | 829 days ago

MLB...................all late 60's CUBS...............RYNE SANDBERG.......and than SAMMY SOSA
NFL...................PAYTON......SANDERS.........RON DAYNE
NBA..................LEW ALCINDOR.......not an NBA fan...................
#42 | 829 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
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just wondering about the Boutros ghali reference?
#43 | 829 days ago

jswol54 wrote:
Isn't it sorta blasphemous to root for a Pitt star as a Dallas fan? 
J...Tony Dorsett was The Shizzznitt at Pitt, and the COWBOYS drafted him in '76...what a great day!! I was cheering that man...not Pitt
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#44 | 829 days ago


Mainly because my dad and I would watch the Lakers when I was a kid, and dad would tell me about how the Wizard of Westwood had the good sense to change his offense to highlight this guy.  I figured that if John Wooden had that sort of insight into what kind of player Lew Alcindor was and could be, then he must be pretty damn good.  And a Lakers fan was born.  (I cannot tell you if my father had a favorite pro team in any sport.  He always felt like the pro guys were prima donnas and he would rather watch high school and college kids play.  But he did have a couple of pro teams that he would watch if they were on...the Lakers and the Steelers.  I adopted them both as my teams because I got to watch them with my father).
#45 | 829 days ago

mojo wrote:
just wondering about the Boutros ghali reference?
Sir, don't try to figure me out. I think I was about to type "gracias" and boutros boutros ghali popped in my head (friends reference) and it seemed to fit, so I typed it.

Shut your face!
#46 | 829 days ago

AlwaysSunshine wrote:

Mainly because my dad and I would watch the Lakers when I was a kid, and dad would tell me about how the Wizard of Westwood had the good sense to change his offense to highlight this guy.  I figured that if John Wooden had that sort of insight into what kind of player Lew Alcindor was and could be, then he must be pretty damn good.  And a Lakers fan was born.  (I cannot tell you if my father had a favorite pro team in any sport.  He always felt like the pro guys were prima donnas and he would rather watch high school and college kids play.  But he did have a couple of pro teams that he would watch if they were on...the Lakers and the Steelers.  I adopted them both as my teams because I got to watch them with my father).
Joey: Wait a minute. I know you. You're Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Roger Murdock: I'm sorry son, but you must have me confused with someone else. My name is Roger Murdock. I'm the co-pilot.
Joey: You are Kareem! I've seen you play. My dad's got season tickets.
Roger Murdock: I think you should go back to your seat now Joey. Right Clarence?
Captain Oveur: Nahhhhhh, he's not bothering anyone, let him stay here.
Roger Murdock: But just remember, my name is...
[showing his nametag]
Roger Murdock: ROGER MURDOCK. I'm an airline pilot.
Joey: I think you're the greatest, but my dad says you don't work hard enough on defense.
[Kareem's getting mad]
Joey: And he says that lots of times, you don't even run down court. And that you don't really try... except during the playoffs.
Roger Murdock: [breaking character] The hell I don't! LISTEN KID! I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes
#47 | 829 days ago

KOBE BRYANT,DIRK NOWITZKI,DWAYNE JOHNSON
#48 | 829 days ago

NFL - Brett Favre (yeah, I know, but at the time...) and Reggie White

MLB - Cal Ripken (easy again, but he was the icon when I was growing up)

NHL- Al Iafrate (I think he only played 1 or 2 years with the Caps, but they happened to be my first years watching around age 6 or 7. I liked his name and his skullet)

IndyCar- Alex Zanardi (his brilliance is the reason I stuck with this sport despite all the crap and turmoil that's seemingly always surrounding it)
#49 | 829 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Sir, don't try to figure me out. I think I was about to type "gracias" and boutros boutros ghali popped in my head (friends reference) and it seemed to fit, so I typed it.

Shut your face!
#50 | 829 days ago

(Edited by Jess)
Walter Payton, no question, then of course Warren Moon and Barry Sanders. And though I never got to see him play, Johnny Unitas was legendary in my house, so because my dad talked about him with fondness of course I loved him too. These guys all played a part in my love for the NFL.

I honestly didn't get into hockey until I was a little older - but like everyone else, Gretzky was a fave from the beginning, and then I've always kind of been more of a goalie girl, so then we have Roy, Hasek, CuJo.....heart

And while I love baseball, I can't honestly say I ever had any favorite players growing up unless you count Bo Jackson in my teens. I didn't pay close enough attention to baseball back when I was a kid to really know one guy from the other - I was always too busy going to Little League, Babe Ruth, and American Legion games growing up to care much about MLB. I could maybe list some names of players from those leagues that I watched more closely than others though?

**edit**  Oh! First favorite sport to watch was football...first favorite sport to play was hockey.
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#51 | 829 days ago
18packabs (+)

Baseball- Fred Lynn

Football- Jack Lambert

Basketball- Julius Erving

Hockey-  Mike Bossy

Auto Racing- Mario Andretti

Tennis- Bjorn Borh

Golf- Jack Nicklaus
#52 | 828 days ago

Baseball- Joe Carter
Football- Webster Slaughter
Hockey- Cam Neely (no clue why)
Golf- Tiger Woods (i never watched golf as a kid...i rarely do now)
Auto racing- um, none
Tennis- Andre Agassi
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#53 | 828 days ago

mojo wrote:
Joey: Wait a minute. I know you. You're Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Roger Murdock: I'm sorry son, but you must have me confused with someone else. My name is Roger Murdock. I'm the co-pilot.
Joey: You are Kareem! I've seen you play. My dad's got season tickets.
Roger Murdock: I think you should go back to your seat now Joey. Right Clarence?
Captain Oveur: Nahhhhhh, he's not bothering anyone, let him stay here.
Roger Murdock: But just remember, my name is...
[showing his nametag]
Roger Murdock: ROGER MURDOCK. I'm an airline pilot.
Joey: I think you're the greatest, but my dad says you don't work hard enough on defense.
[Kareem's getting mad]
Joey: And he says that lots of times, you don't even run down court. And that you don't really try... except during the playoffs.
Roger Murdock: [breaking character] The hell I don't! LISTEN KID! I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes
Whoever pq'ed this should be pq'ed in the eye.
#54 | 828 days ago

Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers  way back in the 50s.
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#55 | 828 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

(Edited by cubsgirl2)
I was 5 and it was Ernie Banks. smiley



Baseball was also my first sport that I watched. Then hockey and football. God as a kid there wasn't anything I didn't play. But, I excelled at tree climbing. smiley
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#56 | 828 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

jswol54 wrote:
Football (NFL) - Sweetness, Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton, Neal Anderson, Jim McMahon, Brad Muster....who am I kidding - the entire Bears roster.  They are my #1 team and always will be....though my Irish are right there.

Football (college) - Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, Tony Rice, Chris Zorich, Ricky Watters, Rodney Culver (RIP), Pat Terrel, Stan Smagala, Jeff Alm, and Michael Stonebreaker.

Baseball - Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, Mark Grace, Shawn Dunston, and Ken Griffey Jr. 

Basketball - MJ, Pip, Horace Grant, Jerome Kersey, and Clyde Drexler.

Hockey - Jeremy Roenick, Steve Larmer, Ed Belfour, and Dirk Graham.

Favorite sport to play is basketball, though I was always best at baseball. 
Those guys were my 2nd generation of Cubs players. frown



But man they were great. yes
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#57 | 828 days ago

Dodgers----Steve Sax.......my troop's adoptive Dodger.
Lakers---Magic Johnson
LA Rams---Kevin Greene
KINGS---Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuc Robitaille and Dave Taylor

**The first sport I remember watching was football with my dad. I started watching all the sports except hockey because of my dad. Hockey was my own discover------one my dad started watching again because of ME. laugh 

As a kid, I played everything I could with my friends----baseball, softball, Prisoner/volleyball, football, "made-up ball", baseball on skates....lol)
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#58 | 828 days ago

cubsgirl2 wrote:
Those guys were my 2nd generation of Cubs players. frown



But man they were great. yes
Speaking of great, how awesome was it to beat the Tigers last night?  I ended up going to a bar in Wrigleyville to watch the game and there were Tigers fans everywhere chanting "Let's go Tigers" and whatnot.  Boy oh boy where they mad after the game.  I gave one of them wrong directions too. 
#59 | 828 days ago

cubsgirl2 wrote:
I was 5 and it was Ernie Banks. smiley



Baseball was also my first sport that I watched. Then hockey and football. God as a kid there wasn't anything I didn't play. But, I excelled at tree climbing. smiley
EB was da man..."Let's play two".
(he made me not,  not like the Cubbies so much)
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#60 | 828 days ago

Well...baseball has always been my favorite sport, and I am from Philadelphia, so you may think it was somebody such as Johnny Callison, Jim Bunning, or Dick (then Richie) Allen. While all of those gents were worthy of being a young boy's first idol, my focus was on the TV, and a left-handed pitcher who worked on the West Coast.

Sandy Koufax was my first favorite player. The Dodgers were one of the best teams of the early/mid 60s, and seemed to be on NBC's Game of the Week every Saturday, especially when Koufax was pitching. Years before the term came into popular use, Sandy was 'must-see TV'.   
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#61 | 828 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

jswol54 wrote:
Speaking of great, how awesome was it to beat the Tigers last night?  I ended up going to a bar in Wrigleyville to watch the game and there were Tigers fans everywhere chanting "Let's go Tigers" and whatnot.  Boy oh boy where they mad after the game.  I gave one of them wrong directions too. 
way to go
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#62 | 828 days ago

Football - Tony Dorsett - first in college, then with the Cowboys

Basketball - Larry Bird - in college, then with the Celtics

Baseball - Pete Rose and Johnny Bench specifically, but really the whole Big Red Machine. Also Mike Schmidt, Jim Rice, and Steve Carlton.
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#63 | 827 days ago

First sport I became a fan of and aware of was baseball...Bobby Murcer (R.I.P.) was my favorite player, and one of my favorite broadcasters until he passed away a few years ago.

Football-Roman Gabriel of the Rams.  When he got traded to the Eagles, I started watching them too....they're my "second favorite" football team

Hockey-Eddie Giacomin and Don Murdoch were my favorite players.  A lot of the Rangers players from the 70's were characters...Nick Fotiu, Ron Duguay, Maloney brothers, Brad Park, Esposito..Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg...I liked em all...
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#64 | 827 days ago

First sport I was introduced to that I latched on to was baseball.  My dad was an A's fan and we went to a few A's games.  I liked the whole team but really liked Bert Campaneris and Joe Rudi.  They were my favorites on a team full of likable players.  Also high on that list was Sal Bando, Rollie Fingers and Catfish Hunter and Vida Blue...  Dang I could keep going on and on with early 70's A's players I liked to watch.

Around the same time the Earthquakes showed up in San Jose in the old NASL and I liked Paul Child. 

Sadly I was never made aware of the presence of the Seals back in the early '70's.  My dad just wasn't a hockey guy and the game was never on TV so I was ignorant to the sport.  Wish I discovered it back then...
#65 | 827 days ago

Football was Lynn Swann and Joe Montana, Baseball was Robin Yount and Basketball was Magic Johnson.
#66 | 827 days ago

Why does this darn thing keep telling me I'm not logged in when I am clearly here??????
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#67 | 821 days ago

I have two....Barry Sanders...you ruined a great career Detroit...and of course Michael Jordan
#68 | 821 days ago

DallasFan55 wrote:
Why does this darn thing keep telling me I'm not logged in when I am clearly here??????
I can't see you, but I can hear you.  That sh*t cray, no? 
#69 | 821 days ago

jswol54 wrote:
I can't see you, but I can hear you.  That sh*t cray, no? 
Yes indeed!  Today it let me give you respect without telling me I'm not logged in so all good now...yes
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#70 | 821 days ago

DallasFan55 wrote:
Yes indeed!  Today it let me give you respect without telling me I'm not logged in so all good now...yes
#71 | 812 days ago

My boyhood hero, and still my favorite ball player, Bill Freehan, 5 time Gold Glove catcher of the Detroit Tigers.

http://johnsbigleaguebaseballblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/hall-of-very-goodmy-article-on-bill.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Johnsbigleaguebaseballblog+%28johnsbigleaguebaseballblog%29

#72 | 792 days ago

to play with other kids...Baseball!

my favorite that I began to watch...Speed racer! but I liked Racer X!


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#73 | 792 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Baseball - Cubs - Bill Buckner, Jose Cardenal, Others - Steve Carlton & Rod Carew (edited - Ernie Banks retired when I was 2 yrs old, so I never got to watch him play).

Football - Walter Payton

Hockey - Stan Mikita

Basketball - Dr. J (Julius Irving), but on the Bulls, it was Reggie Theus and Artis Gilmore (the A-Train)

Fave sport to play with others - BASEBALL - been playing since age 6 and still play today (softball)
surprised I didnt see this when you 1st posted - - - - it's ERVING!!!!!  dont do my idol like that wink
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#74 | 792 days ago

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#75 | 792 days ago

davonthedl wrote:
to play with other kids...Baseball!

my favorite that I began to watch...Speed racer! but I liked Racer X!


Now imma have the theme song looping through my head all afternoon.surprise
#76 | 782 days ago

Football:
Baseball:    
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#77 | 758 days ago

Football - Roger Staubach, "Moose" Johnston, Tony Dorsett, Troy Aikman, Michael Irving, Emmitt Smith....to save time, memory, lol, and space..the entire Cowboys team from years 1978 to present. heart
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#78 | 758 days ago

Here is my favorite Tony Dorsett (aka Flip Wilson) highlight.

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