In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, we asked the Fancred community to share the athletes and other sports figures they believed to have also broken barriers in sports. Here are the people they view as Game Changers.
We lost Charles Sifford earlier this year. He was the first African American golfer. I'm grateful to have his dedicated course here in Charlotte to enjoy the game as he did.
Yankee Catcher Elston Howard
"First African-American player to play for the Yankees, and became the first African American to win the AL MVP in 1963, in addition to 2 Gold Gloves and 10 World Series appearances. A true baseball legend."
Billy Beane and Sabermetrics
"Not quite a player or coach, but a GM who has shaped baseball on they analytical level."
"The first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. #DareToBeUncommon"
"I think that while Jackie Robinson is the main game-changer in baseball, Hank Aaron also did something when it came to helping put an end to ignorance."
Pee Wee Reese
"Pee Wee Reese was a trailblazer in his own right."
"Roberto Clemente helped inspire change in his game and inspired so many people through baseball. He was though of as a king by his Puerto Rican natives and helped inspire equality in baseball like Jackie did. I thought it was only right to look at other significant players that helped Jackie's dram become a reality. Game Changer.
"The first African-American head coach in the NFL. I can't remember either Tony Dingy or Lovie Smith referenced him leading up to when they faced each other in SB 41."
"Johnny Bench revolutionized the catcher position in the Bigs. Game Changer."
"He may be the best boxer of all time but his social and political stances set him apart."
"This man broke a few barriers."
"Took golf to a whole new level!"
Billy Jean King
"Billy Jean King changed the game for women in tennis. She demanded equal prize money, founded the WTA, and shut Bobby Riggs up by beating him 3 sets to love in the Battle of the Sexes."
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"Can you imagine hockey without the butterfly? Glenn Hall was the first (and without a helmet too!)"
Dirk revolutionized the NBA. Big men that can shoot and spread the floor is very uncommon now!