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The most influential person in baseball history (according to Metro) might have become the most influential person in football or basketball history instead. This Hall-of-Famer was a letterwinner in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field, and was the first four-sport letterwinner in the school’s history. There are probably plenty of other athletes who could excel in a sport other than their chosen one–though Michael Jordan will tell you that greatness in one sport doesn’t always translate to another.
Even so, multi-sport athletes face incredible time constraints, which may be why so few have followed the path of Bo Jackson, the NFL and MLB All-Star, or Deion Sanders, the NFL Pro-Bowler and MLB part-timer. One Canadian politician was a star running back in the Canadian Football League and also has his name engraved on the NHL’s Stanley Cup– but not as a player. And whoever originally came up with the trivia question “Who played for the Boston Celtics, Red Sox, and Bruins?” ought to be smacked (when you see the answer, you’ll agree).
Jackson was a celebrity in part because of how difficult it is to excel at two professional sports. But imagine the fun we would have had if Bo had been, say, a professional boxer and an Olympic figure skater. Wouldn’t there be something poetic about an auto racer who also ran the 100-meter dash? The possibilities are endless.