This is an attempt to rank the five most recognizable athletes in professional sports history, which is an almost impossible task. These athletes are ranked according to their on-field and off-field accomplishments. Because ranking a player from another country would be incredibly difficult, I only included American athletes (especially a football player, like Pelé). I don’t know anything about football, so I decided to only mention athletes from the United States.
His name will always be associated with the word “first”, because he was the first black baseball player of the 20th century. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s unofficial color barrier. He contributed to the demise of the concept that professional sports should be separated for blacks and whites.
Muhammad Ali changed boxing in a way that no other athlete has done before or since. Between Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan, Ali was the most popular athlete, and his name was as well known as that of President John F. Kennedy. Since Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan has become the most popular athlete on the planet. He may also be one of the five most famous celebrities of the 20th century.
Babe Ruth was and will remain the most popular athlete in professional sports history. Babe Ruth was so well known that his accomplishments and his legacy will remain etched in the thoughts of many who would simply wish for the opportunity to see him perform. Ruth is perhaps the only athlete who has ever been considered mythological.
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