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  Harmon Killebrew Robert Robinson (left) and Charles Williams (right) Larry Mahan Mary Slaney
  Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew accepted a football scholarship to the University of Oregon, but went directly into major league baseball instead. His 573 home runs over 22 years ranks him high on the all-time home run list and made him feared by opposing pitchers. Robert Robinson (left) and Charles Williams (right) were sports pioneers as the University of Oregon's first African American athletes in 1926. In a sign of the times, they were forced to skip the last game of their careers against the University of Florida in Miami, which refused to play against blacks. Salem native Larry Mahan quickly became one of the greats of professional rodeo and one of the sport's first mainstream stars in the 1960s. Trendsetting and media savvy, Mahan won a record six all-around championships and competed in 1,200 rodeos. Brilliant track runner Mary Slaney of Eugene, heavily favored to win gold in the 1984 Olympics, collided with South African runner Zola Budd in a controversy watched by the world. Slaney fell injured to the curb and lost a medal. Despite the disappointment, Slaney's successes included several world records.
  Ancer Haggerty Clyde "The Glide" Drexler 2006 Oregon State University baseball team Monte Shelton
  Ancer Haggerty was a high school football and wrestling champion in Portland before anchoring the University of Oregon defensive line in the early 1960s. He went on to be the first African American U.S. District Judge for Oregon in 1994 and became chief judge for the district in 2002. Basketball Hall of Famer Clyde "The Glide" Drexler played for the NBA Portland Trailblazers for nearly 12 seasons, leading the team to two championship series. Known for his soaring drives to the basket, Drexler ended his career as one of only three NBA players to top 20,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, and 3,000 assists. The underdog 2006 Oregon State University baseball team became the first team in College World Series history to lose twice in the series and still win the national title. The squad also became the first entirely Northern-based school to win the series since Ohio State in 1966. The team won the series again in 2007. Competing in over 600 races spanning more than 40 years, Portland's Monte Shelton proved himself as one of the best race car drivers in Oregon history. Shelton won the Six Hours at Watkins Glen twice and he took the Portland Rose Cup an unprecedented six times while finishing second seven times.
  Peter Jacobsen Tiffany Milbrett (left) and Shannon MacMillan (right) Marshall Holman Bill Johnson
  Portland native Peter Jacobsen was among the elite of the golf world for decades. His seven PGA Tour wins spanned 23 years and included a win at age 49, making him one of the oldest to win on the tour. Jacobsen went on to be known for his easy going and humorous style on the Champions Tour. University of Portland soccer stars Tiffany Milbrett (left) and Shannon MacMillan (right) earned numerous collegiate honors. Both women also won gold medals with the USA Olympic team in 1996 and silver medals in 2000. And, they both enjoyed successful professional soccer careers as well. Medford native Marshall Holman was the youngest bowler to win the Firestone Tournament of Champions at the age of 21 in 1976. Over his colorful career he became one of the greats of the sport, winning 22 titles and earning a spot in the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame. During the 1984 games, brash Oregonian Bill Johnson became the first American skier ever to win an Olympic downhill medal (gold). Attempting a comeback in 2001, Johnson lost control and crashed through a fence. He nearly died and was left with brain injuries, which impaired his speech and memory.


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