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Mount Rushmore in Louisville Sports

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After Bill Russell passed away, my current favorite sportswriter, Joe Posnanski, blogged about who would be joining American Sports’ Mount Rushmore. He also considered his one in the city of Boston.

Russell, as he observed, was a given for both.

As with the Top 10/100/Whatever list, attempts like this always create disagreements by default.

That’s why we do them, right? We all need something to disagree with.

That’s why I happen to steal other people’s ideas. Did Joe speculate that a Louisville athlete’s face would be carved that high? It came to mind at times.)

So nothing goes here. Well, what actually. If only to pass the time until the fall sports season begins.

I am confident that you are free to disagree with one or more of my choices.

For me, 3 is no brainer.

Muhammad Ali.

Pee wee wreath.

Paul Hornung.

Ant, hehehe. Only the most famous person on the planet has been a multi-time champion for a long period of time. stood up for his beliefs. A master of his chosen sport. Wherever he lived, he was always from Louisville.

Reese is not technically a native Louisvillean. He was born in Meade County and moved to the city when he was eight years old. He graduated from DuPont Manuals. He was a 10-time All-Star with the Dodgers and won his World Series title twice. And he participated in a few more.

Hall of fame. For eight years, he was named TV’s National Game of the Week, and for five of those years, he was straight for Dizzy Dean.

By all accounts, he was the most decent human being. Including the legendary moment when Robinson was booed, stood up for Jackie Robinson, and Reese walked over and put his hand on his teammate’s shoulder. I did.)

Additionally, I went to HS with his daughter.

Paul Hornung. Flagey HS Golden Boy. The only Heisman on a losing team he is a trophy winner and the first team to be drafted first by the NFL. I helped his school be the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, but the season he won was a dreadful 2-8.A four-time champion with the Green Bay Packers.

Vince Lombardi called him “the greatest player I’ve ever coached.” He is in the Pro and College Hall of Fame.

Which brings me to the 4th face. It’s not a gimme like the others.

I would choose Westley Unseld.

Two-time state champion at Seneca High School. His presence has taken U of L hoops to a whole new level. All American.

One of only two players named NBA MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season. (The other is Wilt Chamberlain.) Naismith Hall of Fame, University Hall of Fame.

Forty years after his playing days ended, he is still mentioned when Big pulled the ball off the board and shot it down midcourt while it was in the air.

Well, Wes is my fourth face.

Other Considerations: Darrell Griffiths. Mary T. Marger. Tory Marden.

As for the U of L at Mount Rushmore, I’m not even going to get started. Feel free to drop us a line in the comments section below.

— CD Kaplan