Rank These Three Sportsmen- Jordan, Ruth, and Ali
ESPN ranked the greatest sportsmen of the 20th century. The top 3 were;
1. Michael Jordan
2. Babe Ruth
3. Muhammad Ali
You might feel a different athlete should be somewhere in that top 3.
But what I'm asking is, how do you rank these 3 sportsmen against each other? Do you agree or disagree on how ESPN ranked them?
Jordan and Ali's careers have parallels.
-Both rose to the top and dominated. Ali won the Heavyweight title and defended it successfully over and over. Jordan had his first 3 peat.
-Ali was forced out of boxing before anyone defeated him for the title. Jordan took a year and a half off after his first 3 peat.
- Jordan was rusty when he came back midway through the regular season. The Bulls lost in the playoffs that season. When Ali came back, he just wasn't the same at first. He lost to Frazier and Ken Norton.
- Next season, Jordan and the Bulls started another 3 peat. Ali won rematches with Frazier and Norton, and then beat George Foreman, a monster, for the Heavyweight title.
-Jordan eventually retired and came back for 2 seasons. He was really good, but couldn't play at the level he did in the past. Ali retired, but came back for a match with Larry Holmes. Holmes embarrassed him and beat him soundly, giving Ali his only non-decision loss.
How do you rank Jordan, Ruth and Ali?