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SportsCentury is an ESPN biography program that reviews the people and athletic events that defined sports in North America throughout the 20th and 21st Century.

The primary feature aired in the series was a countdown of North America's 100 great athletes of the 20th century. In 1998, ESPN polled 48 well known sports-media personalities regarding their athletes of the century. Beginning in January 1999, an athlete's biographical profile was featured in a half-hour program. An additional list of numbers 51-100 were announced on the ESPN SportsCentury website.

In total, 23 baseball players (the most of any sport) were selected to the list which appears below; both Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders were counted as baseball and football players while Jim Thorpe was counted as both a baseball and football player as well as in the track and field.

There were also themed specials such as Greatest Games, Greatest Coaches, Greatest Dynasties, and Most Influential Individuals.

SportsCentury: Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century[edit]

BOLD indicates that the person was selected for playing baseball
  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Babe Ruth
  3. Muhammad Ali
  4. Jim Brown
  5. Wayne Gretzky
  6. Jesse Owens
  7. Jim Thorpe
  8. Willie Mays
  9. Jack Nicklaus
  10. Babe Didrikson
  11. Joe Louis
  12. Carl Lewis
  13. Wilt Chamberlain
  14. Hank Aaron
  15. Jackie Robinson
  16. Ted Williams
  17. Magic Johnson
  18. Bill Russell
  19. Martina Navratilova
  20. Ty Cobb
  21. Gordie Howe
  22. Joe DiMaggio
  23. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  24. Sugar Ray Robinson
  25. Joe Montana
  26. Kareem-Abdul Jabbar
  27. Jerry Rice
  28. Red Grange
  29. Arnold Palmer
  30. Larry Bird
  31. Bobby Orr
  32. Johnny Unitas
  33. Mark Spitz
  34. Lou Gehrig
  35. Secreteriat
  36. Oscar Robertson
  37. Mickey Mantle
  38. Ben Hogan
  39. Walter Payton
  40. Lawrence Taylor
  41. Wilma Rudolph
  42. Sandy Koufax
  43. Julius Erving
  44. Bobby Jones
  45. Bill Tilden
  46. Eric Heiden
  47. Edwin Moses
  48. Pete Sampras
  49. O.J. Simpson
  50. Chris Evert
  51. Rocky Marciano
  52. Jack Dempsey
  53. Rafer Johnson
  54. Greg Louganis
  55. Mario Lemieux
  56. Pete Rose
  57. Willie Shoemaker
  58. Elgin Baylor
  59. Billie Jean King
  60. Walter Johnson
  61. Stan Musial
  62. Jerry West
  63. Satchel Paige
  64. Sammy Baugh
  65. Althea Gibson
  66. Eddie Arcaro
  67. Bob Gibson
  68. Al Oerter
  69. Bonnie Blair
  70. Dick Butkus
  71. Roberto Clemente
  72. Bo Jackson
  73. Josh Gibson
  74. Deion Sanders
  75. Dan Marino
  76. Barry Sanders
  77. Cy Young
  78. Bob Mathias
  79. Gale Sayers
  80. A.J. Foyt
  81. Jimmy Connors
  82. Bobby Hull
  83. Honus Wagner
  84. Man O'War
  85. Maurice Richard
  86. Otto Graham
  87. Henry Armstrong
  88. Joe Namath
  89. Rogers Hornsby
  90. Richard Petty
  91. Bob Beamon
  92. Mario Andretti
  93. Don Hutson
  94. Bob Cousy
  95. George Blanda
  96. Michael Johnson
  97. Citation
  98. Don Budge
  99. Sam Snead
  100. Jack Johnson

SportsCentury: Greatest Coaches of the 20th Century[edit]

BOLD indicates that the person was selected for managing baseball
  1. Vince Lombardi
  2. John Wooden
  3. Red Auerbach
  4. Dean Smith
  5. Bear Bryant
  6. John McGraw
  7. George Halas
  8. Don Shula
  9. Paul Brown
  10. Knute Rockne

SportsCentury: Greatest Games of the 20th Century[edit]

BOLD indicates that the game was a baseball game
  1. The Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship Game
  2. Bobby Thomson hits the Shot Heard 'Round the World to win the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants
  3. The New York Jets defeat Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl
  4. At the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York the United States beats the Soviet Union in hockey
  5. Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier III in 1975 at Quezon City in the Philippines
  6. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1967 NFL Championship Game
  7. Boston Red Sox win Game 6 of 1975 World Series over the Cincinnati Reds on a Carlton Fisk home run
  8. Tiger Woods wins the 1997 Masters Tournament
  9. Willis Reed and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals
  10. Björn Borg versus John McEnroe at the 1980 Wimbledon finals