Legends, Icons and Superstars of the 20th Century: Five Sports Legends (2001)

Genres - History, Sports & Recreation  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Social History, Sports  |   Run Time - 45 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Sarah Block

Documentary film maven David L. Wolper returns to the scene with a ten-part series profiling 50 international icons of the 20th century. In part nine, he presents five "sports legends." Muhammad Ali, one of "the Greatest" professional boxers of all time, floated like a feather and stung like a bee on his way to three world heavyweight championships. "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias helped pave the way for women's sports while excelling in basketball, baseball, track, and golf, as well as winning several Olympic medals and amateur titles. Pele was the Brazilian soccer star who helped popularize the sport in America with his skill, finesse, and charm while on the way to three World Cup championships with his native country. Babe Ruth was known as the "Sultan of Swat" and as one of the finest hitters in the history of baseball. He pitched and hit for the New York Yankees and the Boston Braves for 22 years and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. Michael Jordan will go down in history as perhaps one of the best athletes of all time. He led the Chicago Bulls to an unprecedented six NBA titles in seven years while setting dozens of records and thrilling fans worldwide along the way.



athlete, fame, icon, influence, retrospective, superstar