It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for another SportzEdge ® Bracket-style, 64-team tournament! Feel the excitement!!!
Last year, we changed the course of modern human civilization with the Coolest NCAA Logo Tournament, which became a national phenomenon along the lines of a presidential election, Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY speech, or DeAndre Jordan changing his mind about where he wants to play basketball.
This year, we decided to take on a question scholars have been debating since the 1800’s, maybe.
Who is the greatest athlete in Connecticut history?
There are plenty of outstanding candidates, from Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, to four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rogers, to all-time great featherweight boxer Willie Pep.
The athletes we considered must have grown up in Connecticut, and we counted only their prowess on the playing field, so coaches, executives and contributors like Walter Camp were not considered.
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3. Dorothy Hamill
Women’s figure skater
Born in Chicago and raised in Greenwich, Hamill began ice skating in 1965 at the age of 8. She began her professional career only three years later. In 1969, she won the novice ladies’ title at the U.S. Championships at 12-years-old.
Hamill, who created her own move called the Hamill camel, has won the U.S. National Championship three times (1974-1976). She’s also an Olympic Champion (1976) and a World Champion (1976).
14. AJ Pollock
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder
The Hebron native may actually be on his way to becoming baseball’s next superstar, at least if you buy into this report from something called BeyondtheBoxScore. According to a tweet by August Fagerstrom, Pollock ranked second in the major leagues in WAR over the past two seasons, trailing only Mike Trout.
Here’s something I just learned. WAR/600, since the start of last season, min. 400 PA: 1. Mike Trout, 7.1 2. A.J. Pollock, 6.9
— August Fagerstrom (@AugustF_MLB) June 4, 2015
So, there’s that.
We do know that Pollock has excelled since becoming the Arizona Diamondbacks’ starting centerfielder as he was selected to his first All-Star game this season. He’s batting .302 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 348 at-bats so far this year. He’s also stolen 19 bases and scored 60 runs, which is good for sixth best in the league.
The former first-round pick played at RHAM High School in Hebron and then in college at Notre Dame.