Greatest Athlete In New York Sports History: Sweet 16

The pretenders have been eliminated, and we are now onto the contenders. This players, as voted on by the fans, are the 16 greatest in New York Sports History.

brakRound one with the rules is here if you missed it, and here are the round two results. Note: as a new rule, we will be limiting voters to one vote per match up per day. We appreciate the overwhelming support we have gotten (well over 10 thousand votes), but this is just to keep things fair, as some fans are voting for their players multiple times a day. Voting will conclude Saturday at 5:00.


1. New York Giant Lawrence Taylor vs 5. New York Yankee Yogi Berra

Lawrence Taylor career highlights: NFL Hall of Famer, 13 seasons with the Giants, 10 Pro Bowl and All Pro selections, 1986 MVP, 3 time defensive player of the year, 2 time Super Bowl Champion, 1981 rookie of the year, ranked as the third greatest NFL player of all time by, has his number 56 retired by the Giants. Second in franchise sack record with 132.5

Yogi Berra career highlights: MLB Hall of Famer, 18 seasons as a Yankee, 18 time all star, 13 time world series champion, 3 time AL MVP, #8 retired by Yankees, 5th all time in Yankees history for hits

Taylor actually had some difficulty escaping the last round. He took 56% of the votes against Mike Richter after dominating his way through the first round with 87%. Berra upset the 4 seed Brian Leetch with 65% of the total votes.

3. New York Ranger Mark Messier vs 2. New York Yankee Mickey Mantle

Mark Messier career highlights: Captain of 1994 championship team, 10 seasons with the Rangers, 7th all time in goals scored (250), 3 time all star, Hart Trophy winner, 6th all time in assists, 5th all time in points

Mickey Mantle career highlights: MLB Hall of Famer, 20 seasons with the Yankees, 20 time All Star, 7 time World Series Champ, 3 time AL MVP, 1956 triple crown winner, #7 retired by Yankees, 536 career home runs, second most in NYY history.

Messier defeated Michael Strahan with 60% of the vote. Mantle got by Thurman Munson with a dominating 91% of the vote.

Manhattan side.

1. Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson vs 5. New York Ranger Rod Gilbert

Jackie Robinson career highlights: First ever African American MLB player, 10 seasons in Brooklyn 6 time all star, 1949 NL MVP, World Series champion, #42 retired by the MLB, .313 batting average, MLB Hall of Famer

Rod Gilbert career highlights: 17 seasons with the Rangers, NHL Hall of Famer,#7 retired by the Rangers, 3rd in franchise history games played, 1st in goals and points, 2nd in assists, 4 time All Star

Robinson easily defeated Daryl Strawberry by earning 88% of the votes, and Gilbert had a tougher match up, barely beating Jason Kidd with 54% of all votes.

3. New York Knick Walt Frazier vs 2. New York Knick Patrick Ewing

Walt Frazier career highlights: 11 seasons as a Knick, NBA Hall of Famer, 2 time NBA champion, 7 time All Star, 1975 ASG MVP, 4 time all NBA first team, 7 time All NBA Defensive first team, #10 retired by Knicks, 2nd in franchise history games played and points, 1st in assists, 19.3 PPG

Patrick Ewing career highlights: 16 seasons as a Knick, NBA Hall of Famer, #33 retired by Knicks, 11 time All Star, 2 time Eastern Conference Champion, franchise leader in games played, points, blocks, steals, and rebounds, 22.8 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 2.7 BPG, 1 time all NBA first team

Ewing defeated Whitey Ford in the last round with 67% of the vote, and Frazier defeated Mike Bossy with 73%. This matchup is against the last two Knicks remaining, arguably the two greatest in franchise history.

Brooklyn Side

1. New York Yankee Babe Ruth vs 4. New York Yankee Derek Jeter

Babe Ruth career highlights: 15 seasons in New York, 2 time All Star, 714 career home runs, #3 retired by Yankees, most home runs in franchise history, 2nd in RBI, 3rd most hits, 4 time World Series champ, 1 time AL MVP

Derek Jeter career highlights: 20 seasons as a Yankee, 5 time World Series champion, 14 time All Star, 200 WS MVP, all time Yankees hit leader, 1996 rookie of the year, .310 career batting average

Yet again, Babe Ruth had his way in his matchup, grabbing 87% of the vote. Jeter also had his way, going through with 85% over Frank Gifford.


3. New York Yankee Mariano Rivera vs 2. New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio

Mariano Rivera career highlights: 19 seasons as a Yankee, #42 retired by Yankees, MLB All Time saves leader, 13 time All Star, 1999 WS MVP,  5 time Reliever of the Year award, 2.21 ERA

Joe DiMaggio career highlights: 13 seasons as a Yankee, MLB Hall of Famer, #5 retired by Yankees, MLB record for hitting streak (56), 13 time All Star, 3 time AL MVP, 9 time World Series champion, 4 highest batting average in franchise history (.325)

Rivera easily beat Brian Trottier with 86% of the vote, and DiMaggio blew out Mel Hein with a whopping 92%.

1. New York Yankee Lou Gehrig vs 12. New York Red Bull Thierry Henry

Lou Gehrig Career highlights: 17 seasons, MLB Hall of Famer, #4 retired by Yankees, Yankee captain, 7 time All Star, 6 time World Series champion, franchise leader in RBI’s, second in hits, batting average, 1934 triple crown winner

Thierry Henry career highlights: franchise leader in goals and assists, 2013 Supporters Shield winner, Eastern Conference champion twice.

Gehrig defeated Dwight Gooden with 87% of the vote. Red Bulls fans showed they’re some of the most passionate in the state, sending in Henry over Dr. J, Julius Erving.

3. New York Met Tom Seaver vs 2. New York Jet Joe Namath

Tom Seaver career highlights: 11 seasons as a Met, MLB Hall of Famer, #41 retired by Mets, 10 time All Star, 1969 WS Champion, 3 time Cy Young award winner, franchise leader in wins.

Joe Namath career highlights: 10 seasons as a Jet, NFL Hall of Famer, Super Bowl 3 champion and MVP, #12 retired by Jets, 5 time Pro Bowler, franchise leader in touchdowns and yards thrown

Seaver got past Curtis Martin with 72% of all votes, and Joe Namath beat Harry Carson with 63%.



4 thoughts on “Greatest Athlete In New York Sports History: Sweet 16”

    1. He was only on NYR for three seasons. Like it says, it’s only the players careers in NY that meant anything for this.


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