The Greatest Sports Figure From Each State

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In December 1999, Sports Illustrated ranked the 50 all-time greatest sports figures from every state. Today's map highlights each state's best. In the 15 years since the lists were published, has anyone been knocked off his or her perch? 

You can see each state's top 50 via the SI Vault (just click "View This Issue" above the cover). 

Here they are in big list form:

Alabama
Hank Aaron

Alaska
Trajan Langdon

Arizona
Jim Palmer

Arkansas
Bear Bryant

California
Joe DiMaggio

Colorado
Jack Dempsey

Connecticut
Bruce Jenner

Delaware
Randy White

Florida
Deion Sanders

Georgia
Ty Cobb

Hawaii
Duke Kahanamoku

Idaho
Harmon Killebrew

Illinois
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Indiana
John Wooden

Iowa
Dan Gable

Kansas
Barry Sanders

Kentucky
Muhammad Ali

Louisiana
Karl Malone

Maine
Joan Benoit Samuelson

Maryland
Babe Ruth

Massachusetts
Rocky Marciano

Michigan
Joe Louis

Minnesota
Bronko Nagurski

Mississippi
Walter Payton

Missouri
Yogi Berra

Montana
Dave McNally

Nebraska
Bob Gibson

Nevada
Greg Maddux

New Hampshire
Carlton Fisk

New Jersey
Carl Lewis

New Mexico
Ralph Kiner

New York
Jim Brown

North Carolina
Michael Jordan

North Dakota
Roger Maris

Ohio
Jesse Owens

Oklahoma
Jim Thorpe

Oregon
Danny Ainge

Pennsylvania
Wilt Chamberlain

Rhode Island
Nap Lajoie

South Carolina
Joe Frazier

South Dakota
Billy Mills

Tennessee
Wilma Rudolph

Texas
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Utah
Merlin Olsen

Vermont
Andrea Mead Lawrence

Virginia
Arthur Ashe

Washington
John Stockton

West Virginia
Jerry West

Wisconsin
Eric Heiden

Wyoming
Boyd Dowler

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. Thanks to the SI Vault for making this one possible.

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