Sports hero

Explore the incredible journey of sports heroes who conquered challenges and left an indelible mark. Discover their stories and be inspired to reach new heights in your own athletic pursuits.
Jackie Robinson. He broke baseball’s color barrier and embodied integration’s promise. Baseball, This Man, Man, Dodgers, Robinson, Blanco Y Negro, Vida, Dodgers Baseball, Athletic Men

Who are the most influential figures in American history? We asked <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2006/12/panelist-biographies/5388/">10 eminent historians</a>. The result, collected here, is <i>The Atlantic</i>’s 100 picks. (More on America’s most influential filmmakers, musicians, critics, architects, and poets—and how we put these lists together—below.)

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Deanna Nelson Lee