Courtesy of the Star Tribune
December 25, 1999


The Star Tribune's Top 100
most important Minnesota sports figures of the century culminates a year-long project looking back at the athletes, teams and characters so memorable in our state's sports history.

Meeting

An what better way to end this series than with a special section that ranks those personalities.

We began assembling names for our list last summer. Staff members Kevin Bertels, Dennis Brackin, Patrick Reusse, Jon Roe, Jay Weiner, Tim Wheatley and Judd Zullgad, all with in-depth knowledge of Minnesota sports, were joined by three outsiders with as much, if not more, knowledge: Dave Mona, a former Minneapolis Tribune sportswriter, chairman of Shandwick public relations and co-host of WCCO Radio's Sunday Morning Sports Huddle; Dorothy McIntyre, associate executive director of the Minnesota State High School League; and Harry Davis, a former Golden Gloves boxing official.

We started with a list of names a mile long and eventually pared it to a more workable number: 153.

From that list, our voters were asked to rank their choices 1 through 100. We awarded 100 points for a first-place vote, 99 points for a second-place vote, etc.

It was obvious early that two of our panelists were under consideration for the Top 100.

Indeed, both McIntyre and David were selected. However, they were not allowed to vote for themselves. To compensate, the average score from the other scoresheets were added to the point totals for both nominees.

We hope we have stirred some memories.

--Glen Crevier, assistant managing editor for sports

Top 100 Sports Figures in Minnesota

On Saturday, December 25, 1999, the Star Tribune published a list of the top 100 sports figures of the century in Minnesota. Here's how many from that list were speakers at Twin Cities Dunkers.

Rank Name Points Dunker Games
001 Puckett, Kirby 893 317, 436, 577
002 Nagurski, Bronko 877
003 Mikan, George 873 007, 512, 581
004 Grant, Bud 865 058, 151, 326, 454, 703, 814
005 Berg, Patty 852 20, 363, 490
006 Killebrew, Harmon 822 093, 181, 315
007 Griffith, Calvin 785 071, 137, 191, 235, 430
008 Mariucci, John 762 030
009 Carew, Rod 750 174, 220, 262, 265, 343, 627, 827
010 Tarkenton, Fran 728 100, 147, 213, 263
011 Brooks, Herb 727 226, 278, 305, 346, 437, 596
012 Bierman, Bernie 724 006, 236
013 Page, Alan 699 188
014 Karvonen, Janet 671
015 Mayasich, John 665 045
016 Winter, Max 655
017 Smith, Bruce 641
018 McHale, Kevin 628 275, 458, 478, 640
019 Gagliardi, John 621 612
020 Winfield, Dave 598 444, 584, 783
021 Broten, Neal 580 284
022 Voelz, Chris 568 381, 560
023 Molitor, Paul 564 302, 509, 525, 649, 842, 860, 878
024 Hrbek, Kent 558 296, 335
025 Kelly, Tom 537 342, 357, 403, 417, 444, 459, 477,
494, 546, 563, 583, 778
026 Gagne, Verne 528 307, 334
027 Giel, Paul 521 028, 127, 221, 264, 331
028 Oliva, Tony 520 216, 632, 660
029 Eller, Carl 508 120, 320, 634
030 Stephens, Sandy 493 101
031 Hartman, Sid 489 260, 504, 773
032 Bush, Walter 484 140
032 Lehman,Tom 484 442, 499
034 Arth, Jeanne 479 081
035 Mikkelsen, Vern 468 076, 472, 512
036 Hudson, Lou 461 136
037 Warmath, Murray 459 039, 102, 491
038 Patch, Dan 456
039 Nanne, Lou 455 168, 211, 261, 281, 292, 322, 329,
340, 355, 365, 844, 857
040 Pohlad, Carl 449 417, 494
041 Siebert, Dick 430 053, 173
042 Hutton Sr., Joe 427 059
043 Johnson, Charles 425 023
044 Garnett, Kevin 414
045 Ikola, Williard 413
046 Haskins, Clem 388 336, 351, 366, 378, 394, 414, 434,
450, 469, 473, 489, 521, 541, 664
047 Boucha, Henry 382
048 Goldsworthy, Bill 381 226
049 Vanstrum, Bev 377
050 Hall, Halsey 368 214
051 Marshall, Bobby 364
052 Roberts, Linda 361
053 Nelson, Cindy 355
054 Dandridge, Ray 346 013, 254
055 Hauser, Joe 336
056 Kundla, John 334 022, 136, 472
057 Scurry, Briana 333
058 Lund, Pug 328
059 Goheen, Moose 313
060 Musselman, Bill 310 195, 364
061 Housley, Phil 306 628
062 Miller, twins 303
063 Bell, Bobby 299 101, 754, 762
064 Bender, Chief 293
065 Morris, Jack 290 403, 632
066 Ross, Larry 273
067 Bartholomew, Ken 268 075
068 Beardsley, Dick 263
069 Tollefson, Carrie 262
070 Nevers, Ernie 257
071 Lagos, Buzz 253
072 Almquist, Oscar 248
073 Stone, Toni 247
074 McNally, Johnny (Blood) 246
075 Widseth, Ed 244
076 Thompson, Mychal 243
077 Roethllisberger, John 230
078 Carter, Cris 229 435, 817
078 Havlish, Jean 229
080 Foreman, Chuck 228
081 Adamczak, Annie 218
082 Bolstad, Les 217 040
083 McIntyre, Dorothy 215
084 Samuelson, Ralph 210
085 Brodt, Winny 207
086 Finks, Jim 203 126, 192, 358
087 Green, Norm 202 393
087 Johnson, Ron 202
089 Lynn, Mike 190 238, 250, 368, 379
090 Olberding, Mark 186
091 Koslowski, Dennis 185 429
092 Klecker, Janis 183 429
093 Lacy, Eddie 182
094 El-Amin, Khalid 180
095 Williams, Tommy 178
096 Davis, Harry 165
097 Gordien, Fortune 164
098 Krause, Paul 161 163
099 Govednik, Ann 158
100 Johnson, Bob 157 124