#SDVIPAgent here to talk about a fun topic on one of my favorite cities in the world San Diego! As you know I played professional basketball in Brasil and in that time I made great friends in different sports, soccer, baseball, some of the most international sports out there. I wanted to show you some of my all time San Diego sports legends regardless of era. Check out the list below and be sure to comment on who your favorites is!
Charlie and Art Powell
The brothers starred in multiple sports during the 1950s at San Diego High. Charlie, who still holds the school’s shot put record, played pro football for the 49ers, minor league baseball and at one time was the fourth-ranked heavyweight boxer in the world (he fought and lost to Muhammad Ali). Art was a terrific wide receiver for the Raiders, making the All-Time AFL team. Younger brother Jerry, a versatile quarterback, was CIF Player of the Year at Lincoln High. Now there’s an athletic family.
It’s easy to remember him as the greatest football player this area has produced, but Allen did more than one thing at Lincoln. I saw him score 49 points in the Summer League basketball final at Peterson Gym. He also pitched on the Hornets’ baseball team and could high jump. Just a natural, brilliant athlete.
Harold “Brick” Muller.
A brilliant, All-America player on Cal’s famous wonder teams of the early 1920s. When putting together college football’s first all-century team for Sports Illustrated, Dan Jenkins, the best sportswriter who ever lived, included split end Muller. Brick was the state high jump champion for San Diego High and took the silver medal in the event at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.
Gail is my exception, because we’re talking track and field exclusively here. But she started running cross country as a freshman at Sweetwater High, then ran the 800 as a sophomore, winning the county title, before moving on to the sprints, long jump and hurdles, eventually winning two Olympic 100-meter sprint gold medals. If Ted Williams were like Babe Ruth and could pitch, too, he might have made the list.
Playing for the Cincinnati Reds, he led the National League with 130 RBI in 1965 and once hit a home run in four straight plate appearances. He was an All-America football player at San Diego High, a member of the Cavers’ 1955 mythical national championship team.
If not our greatest high school running back while playing for Helix, close. Won the Heisman at USC; should have won it twice. He also was one of the better sprinters in section history, reaching the state meet finals in the 100 meters.
The Hoover High product quite possibly ranks as our greatest all-around athlete. As a receiver at San Diego State in 1968, he caught 11 passes for a then-NCAA record 363 yards against Southern Mississippi. He was drafted by the Chiefs, played in Canada. He played golf in the U.S. Open. While at City College he threw the javelin and played basketball against UCLA’s famed 1965-66 freshman team, featuring Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Oh, and he’s one of the greatest over-the-line players, ever. His cousin, Graig Nettles of baseball fame, also was an outstanding high school guard at San Diego.
Every year I get a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, and every year I put a check by Trammell’s name, and not because I covered him in high school. He was a brilliant shortstop with the Tigers, one of the best of my lifetime. What you may not know is that, while at Kearny High, he probably was a better basketball player. All CIF. Really good.
Albert “Pesky” Sprott.
He was one of four San Diego High products (see Muller) who played on those Cal Wonder Teams. The great running back scored seven touchdowns in 1918 against Stanford and had two scores in the Bears’ 28-0 win over Ohio State in the 1921 Rose Bowl. Like Muller, he competed in to the Antwerp Olympics, finishing fifth in the 800-meter run.
Oh ofcourse I’ve got some special mentions below as well!
Now playing for the Houston Rockets, was our only three-time basketball Player of the Year while at La Costa Canyon High. And he was one of the top junior volleyball players in the world.
Still the greatest high school quarterback this county has seen, was a three sport-star at San Diego, a baseball bonus baby.
Brian Sipe (Grossmont High)
Was an NFL MVP quarterback with the Browns and was the youngest player on the 1961 Little League World Series champion from El Cajon.
Candice Wiggins (La Jolla Country Day)
Was an All-America basketball player at Stanford and a volleyball star. She now plays for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.
Cotton Warburton (San Diego)
Was a star football player at USC and the 1929 state meet 440-yard dash champion (he also won an Oscar for editing “Mary Poppins”).
There’s Amby Schindler, Art Preston, Gavy Cravath, Wally Henry, Lee Ramage, Dave Freeman, George Brown, Ralph Smith, Bud Muehleisen, Presnell Gilbert, Ed Goddard and many more.
original article from san diego tribune.