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Most Famous Sports People In History (MIT’s Pantheon)

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Name the top 1000 people classified as having sports-related occupations who were compiled as part of the MIT Pantheon Project determining the most famous people in history. I only went based on their occupation – some people may have been both involved in sports and acting but if they were listed as an ‘Actor’ they were not included in this list. Occupation, birth year, and overall rank all people shown. Games such as chess included as well.

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Ovamiat
1 year ago

Oh, hey… Tarzan is on the list, lol

MPATHD
4 years ago

This Quiz is very good, just needs to have more time for us to work with

Ranger1633
4 years ago

i Have Finished Almost Every Quiz IN the Multi Sports Quizzes But This Quiz Is Just Missed Up Next to No NFL Players Only Reason OJ Simpson is because hes a convicted Criminal way to many mountaineers (not really that much of a sport) and a billion soccer players as a guy from US i do know Mess, Ronaldo, Neymar, Pele, Cruijff, Marcadona, Wayne Rooney, etc BUT LOT OF THESE GUYS THAT PLAYED ON DECENT ENGLAND TEAM IN THE MID 50S I HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF IN MY LIFE

arda1999
2 months ago
Reply to  Ranger1633

well thats history. if you dont like it then idk tell the whole world and all its people past and present that whats literally happened and what/ who is remembered is wrong. but to more accurately sum up what you said would just be to say average american moment.

jdk
jdk
5 years ago

When a martial artist from 1860 scores higher than Babe Ruth or Michael Jordan, and where there are approximately 1,000 soccer players but no sign of Peyton Manning, Brett Favre or Tom Brady, I think there are some pretty egregious problems with the project’s methodology. I’m also curious about that referee (#260) who scores higher than Wayne Gretzky, Roger Federer and LeBron James.

Andy
1 year ago
Reply to  jdk

The methodology must be very strange indeed. Like you’d think Yao Ming, for example, would make an appearance on the list if, say, Kobe Bryant is. Also, Tony Hawk? How can he not be well-known enough internationally to make a list like this? Am I overestimating skateboarding’s global appeal?

Sure, Not
5 years ago

This list has some criminal omissions. No Jack Nicklaus, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux, Dale Earnhardt, Mickey Mantle…..For a list that is supposed to detail the “most famous” athletes, it sure seems light on the fame and heavy on the obscurity!

Ovamiat
5 years ago
Reply to  Sure, Not

Not just Earnhardt but no Richard Petty either, and as a native of the Metro Detroit area, the omission of Gordie Howe is truly criminal!

Ovamiat
5 years ago
Reply to  Ovamiat

These guys seem to have a bias against NASCAR and for the WWE.

Cika_Zare
5 years ago
Reply to  Sure, Not

Mostly they are just famous in the USA/Canada. This list is made with Wikipedia statistics, and to enter this list, every individual had to have more than 25 languages. There are more criteria, but I forgot about them.

Will2Power
4 years ago
Reply to  Cika_Zare

The US is all there is. I’m not being ironic. We are the center of the universe.

Cika_Zare
5 years ago
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Ovamiat
1 year ago
Reply to  Sure, Not

Mr. Hockey now on the list!

Ovamiat
5 years ago

Kane’s on here, but The Undertaker isn’t?

Seriously… WTF?

Cika_Zare
5 years ago
Reply to  Ovamiat

There is The Undertaker as Mark Callaway.

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