Monday, February 23, 2009

"Oscar" Greats

With the 81st Academy Awards show on tonight, I thought it would be neat to take a look at some of the great Oscars in sports, who have put on some pretty impressive performances of their own. So without further ado:

4) Oscar De La Hoya, "The Golden Boy." De La Hoya, in his professional career, accumulated 39 wins and 6 losses in his boxing career, including 30 wins by KO. He also won the United States' only gold medal in boxing at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He has defeated 17 world champions and has won 10 world titles in six different weight classes. Oh, he also generated more money in his career than any other boxer in history. I think that's enough to earn him a spot on this list.

3) Oscar Pistorius, "The Blade Runner." This South African sprinter made headlines this past year when he was ruled ineligible for the Olympics because of his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs. He appealed and was granted eligibility. Unfortunately he was left off the South African track team because his time of 46.25 seconds in the 400 meter sprint didn't meet the Olympic-qualifying time of 45.55. Pistorious is still the double-amputee world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 meter sprints, and won gold medals at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in those events.

So that's why they call him the Blade Runner!

2) Oscar Charleston. A center fielder and manager for baseball's Negro League from 1915 to 1945. He had a career batting average of .353 and regularly finished among the league leaders in home runs and stolen bases. Charleston was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976 and in 1999 he was ranked 67th on The Sporting News list of 100 Greatest Baseball Players. He was also nominated as a finalist for MLB's All-Century Team.

1) Oscar Robertson, "The Big O." One of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players and the only player in NBA history to average... yes, average a triple-double for an entire season. Soak that in for a minute, folks. During the 1961-62 season, just his second season in the league, Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game. That is simply unheard of, and that is why he is the number one Oscar in sports.

Any Oscars I left off this list that you think deserve to be here? Let me know.

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