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Old 03-07-2018, 05:42 PM
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I don't know about the percentages, but I was familiar with all of them, which I don't think is any great feat. Probably most sports fans who also collect sports cards can say the same.

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Im embarrassed to say that i dont even know who George Mikan is. I do know Vezina only because of our fellow Net54 member with his card as an avatar. Im too lazy to even look him up right now. Haha!

Aside from Ruth and Cobb (and maybe Wagner / Cy Young), I doubt my wife could name one other pre-war baseball player. Shed maybe know five names on your entire list. Ill ask her tonight to verify/refute my intuition. Might quickly get the percentages significantly lower if shes representative of the general female population. She would know Mantle and a few others just because her dad liked them growing up (shes 36). Yogi Berra (not listed) would probably also be higher than the prototypical HOfer because of his yogi-isms.
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My guess would be Ali and Ruth would be around 90% and all others wouldn't be half of your estimate.
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how do you determine "is familiar with"? Do you show them a picture and ask who it is? Do you give them a name and ask what they are known for? I think the percents can be varied by a great deal depending on how you set up the survey.

I think Pele is too high either way.
You are probably overthinking this. I was just looking for some general thoughts.

Either way, I guess I was really wrong on Pele. That's cool, though. I knew my thoughts would be off on some of the people listed. Like I wrote earlier, a post in the Charleston and Clemente thread got me to pondering who is well known today and who isn't.

I appreciate all the responses.

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Im embarrassed to say that i dont even know who George Mikan is. I do know Vezina only because of our fellow Net54 member with his card as an avatar. Im too lazy to even look him up right now. Haha!

Aside from Ruth and Cobb (and maybe Wagner / Cy Young), I doubt my wife could name one other pre-war baseball player. Shed maybe know five names on your entire list. Ill ask her tonight to verify/refute my intuition. Might quickly get the percentages significantly lower if shes representative of the general female population. She would know Mantle and a few others just because her dad liked them growing up (shes 36). Yogi Berra (not listed) would probably also be higher than the prototypical HOfer because of his yogi-isms.
George Mikan's card from the 1948 Bowman set is one of the iconic basketball cards in the hobby. A PSA 10 sold for $403,000 a few years ago.

Bill Russell has often said that Mikan was his hero growing up.

https://www.psacard.com/cardfacts/ba...mikan-69/3629/
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George Mikan's card from the 1948 Bowman set is one of the iconic basketball cards in the hobby. A PSA 10 sold for $403,000 a few years ago.

Bill Russell has often said that Mikan was his hero growing up.

https://www.psacard.com/cardfacts/ba...mikan-69/3629/
He surpassed him, and then some, pretty quickly.
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GRETZKY!

Cal Ripken

I dont think most people even know current stars.
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I am a high school teacher. Kids will ask me to listen to their music. I NEVER recognize the artists. They always ask me the same question: "How can you not know who this is?"

So, I am never surprised when people don't recognize the athletes that I know so well, because I don't know the young stars that are so important to them.
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Id say George Foreman is more recognizable than many on this list...certainly Smokin Joe seems especially elevated.
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I think all the top athletes are way overstated. Even if you limit your sample group to adult English speaking people it is still overstated. Many people could care less about sports and a non-trivial amount of the people in the U.S. are illiterate (14.5% based on 2003 data).
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