Award Winners Sportsman of the Year Winners List

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List of Sportsman of the Year winners from every year the award has been given out. All Sportsman of the Year winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Sportsman of the Year award are listed along with photos for every Sportsman of the Year winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Sportsman of the Year award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Sportsman of the Year are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Sportsman of the Year winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Sportsman of the Year winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known Sportsman of the Year winners of all time. Anybody who won the Sportsman of the Year usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Sportsman of the Year-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Sportsman of the Year, so most of the famous Sportsman of the Year winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Sportsman of the Year?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. You may copy this fact-based list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share with your friends. This list is made up of items like Mark McGwire and Dale Murphy. (69 items)

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Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Arnold Daniel Palmer is a retired American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in men's professional golf history. He has won numerous events on both ...more

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Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. was an American World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States. Ashe, an African ...more

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to ...more

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Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Billie Jean King is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. King won the ...more

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Bob Bourne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Robert Glen Bourne is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played for the New York Islanders and the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL between 1974 and 1988. He was inducted into the ...more

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Bobby Morrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Bobby Joe Morrow is a former American athlete and winner of three Olympic gold medals in 1956. Morrow has been called "the dominant sprinter of the 1950s" and "the most relaxed ...more

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Bobby Orr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Robert Gordon Orr, OC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Orr played in the National Hockey League for ten seasons with the Boston Bruins, joining the Chicago Black Hawks for ...more

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Bonnie Blair is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Bonnie Kathleen Blair is a retired American speedskater. She is one of the top skaters of her time, and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. Blair competed for the United ...more

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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was a 20-year veteran of the ...more

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Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Calvin Edwin "Cal" Ripken, Jr., nicknamed "The Iron Man", is an American former baseball shortstop and third baseman who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball for the ...more

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Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Carl Michael Yastrzemski is an American former Major League Baseball player. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year baseball career with the ...more

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Chip Rives is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Chip Rives

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Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Christine Marie "Chris" Evert, known as Chris Evert-Lloyd from 1979 to 1987, is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States. She won 18 Grand Slam singles ...more

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Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Curtis Montague Schilling is a former American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher and former video game developer. He helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series in 1993 ...more

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Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Dale Bryan Murphy is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman. During an 18-year baseball career, 1976–1993, he played for three different teams, but is noted for his time ...more

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
David Robinson is the father of American Football player Corey Robinson.

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Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Dean Edwards Smith was an American head coach of men's college basketball. Originally from Emporia, Kansas, Smith was called a "coaching legend" by the Basketball Hall of Fame. He is ...more

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Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is ...more

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Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Donald Francis "Don" Shula is a former American football cornerback and coach. He is best known as coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team he led to two Super Bowl victories, and to the ...more

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most ...more

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Edwin Moses is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Edwin Corley Moses is an American former track and field athlete, who won gold medals in the 400 m hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. Between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 107 consecutive finals ...more

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Greg LeMond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Gregory James "Greg" LeMond is an American former professional road racing cyclist. He is also an entrepreneur and anti-doping advocate. LeMond won the World Championship twice and the ...more

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Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Jens Ingemar Johansson was a Swedish boxer and former heavyweight champion of the world. Johansson was the fifth heavyweight champion born outside the United States. In 1959 he defeated Floyd ...more

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Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Jack William Nicklaus, nicknamed "The Golden Bear", is a retired American professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time, winning a total of ...more

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Jackie Stewart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Sir John Young "Jackie" Stewart, OBE is a British former Formula One racing driver from Scotland. Nicknamed the "Flying Scot", he competed in Formula One between 1965 and ...more

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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Jerry Ray Lucas is an American former basketball player, who is now a memory education expert. In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in National ...more

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Jim Ryun is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
James Ronald Ryun is an American track and field athlete who won a silver medal in the 1968 Olympic Games. He was also the first high school athlete to run a mile in under 4 minutes. He was a ...more

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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired professional American football player, a hall of fame quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers ...more

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Joe Paterno is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno, sometimes referred to as "JoePa", was an American college football player and coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from ...more

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Johann Olav Koss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Johann Olav Koss is a former speed skater from Norway, and current assistant coach of Norway's speed skating team. Koss is currently ranked as number 16 on the all time speed skating world cup ...more

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John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
John Robert Wooden was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood," as head coach at UCLA he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, ...more

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Johnny Podres is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
John Joseph "Johnny" Podres was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who spent most of his career with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He is perhaps best ...more

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Judi Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Judith Lynne Brown-King is an American athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metre hurdles. She competed for the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where she won the ...more

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. During his ...more

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Ken Venturi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Kenneth Paul Venturi was an American professional golfer and golf broadcaster. In a career shortened by injuries, he won 14 events on the PGA Tour including a major, the U.S. Open in 1964. ...more

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Kipchoge Keino is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Kipchoge Hezekiah "Kip" Keino, chairman of the Kenyan Olympic Committee, is a retired Kenyan track and field athlete and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Kip Keino was among the first ...more

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Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Lance Edward Armstrong is an American former professional road racing cyclist. He previously held seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005, but was stripped of his titles in ...more

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more

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Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Lee Buck Trevino is a retired American professional golfer who won six major championships over the course of his career. He is one of only four players to twice win the U.S. Open, The Open ...more

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Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Mark David McGwire, nicknamed "Big Mac", is an American former professional baseball player currently serving as hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a first baseman, McGwire ...more

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Mary Decker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Mary Teresa Slaney is an American former track athlete. During her career, she won gold medals in the 1500 meters and 3000 meters at the 1983 World Championships, and set 17 official and ...more

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Mary Lou Retton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Mary Lou Retton is a retired American gymnast. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition, as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals. Her ...more

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte ...more

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Michael Fred Phelps II is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, ...more

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, ...more

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Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Orel Leonard Hershiser IV is an American former baseball pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1983 to 2000. He later became a broadcast color analyst and a professional ...more

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Patty Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Patty Sheehan is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1980 and won six major championships and 35 LPGA Tour events in all. She is a member of the World Golf ...more

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Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Peter Edward "Pete" Rose, also known by his nickname "Charlie Hustle", is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. Rose played from 1963 to 1986, and managed from ...more

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Pete Rozelle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Alvin Ray "Pete" Rozelle was the commissioner of the National Football League from January 1960 to November 1989, when he retired from office. Rozelle is credited with making the NFL ...more

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Rafer Johnson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Sportsman of the Year Winners List
Rafer Lewis Johnson is an American former decathlete and film actor. He was the 1960 Olympic gold medalist, after getting a silver in 1956 and a gold in the 1955 Pan American Games. He was also ...more