The Providence Journal obituary feature is a handy way to see who your heroes were.
Here are the top five people from the Providence journals that I found.
Joe Malone – Owner, Malone Sports and Entertainment, New York 2.
Bob Cousy – NBA Champion, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angelos Clippers 3.
George Mikan – NBA All-Star, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bears 4.
Jack Dempsey – NBA Coach, Seattle Supersonics, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Hawks 5.
Mike Ditka – Hall of Fame coach, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Blackhawks 6.
Darryl Strawberry – Hall-of-Famer, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers 7.
Jerry Sloan – Hall/NHL Hall of Famer, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Dallas Stars 8.
Paul Westphal – Hall Sports Personality, NHL Hall of Famers, Los Angels Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angles Clippers 9.
Bobby Knight – NBA Hall of famer, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago White Sox 10.
Rick Reilly – NBA player, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Wolverines, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico 9.
Dikembe Mutombo – NBA champion, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Fire, Denver Nuggets 11.
Pat Riley – NBA coach, Chicago Cavaliers, Philadelphia Sixers, Detroit Lions, Toronto Raptors 12.
Dave Bing – Hall basketball legend, Philadelphia Warriors, Toronto Marlies, Chicago Wolves 13.
Paul Pierce – Hall Hall of fame NBA player and coach, Washington Bullets, Chicago Pistons, Los Llamas 14.
Rick Barry – NBA NBA Hall-Of-Fame player, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Thrashers, Los Vegas Golden Knights, Minnesota Grizzlies 15.
Don Nelson – NBA Finals MVP, Minnesota Vikings, Los Lakers, Los Santos Clippers, Atlanta Dream 16.
Paul Silas – NBA legend, Boston Lakers, New Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Tigers, New Zealand 17.
Joe Carter – Hall and NHL Hall-OF-Famers, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Storm, Boston Breakers, Atlanta Flames, Atlanta Silverbacks 18.
Frank Mason III – NBA and NHL player, Detroit Bucks, Chicago Black Hawks, Denver Broncos, Detroit Mikes, Atlanta Thunder 19.
Bob Costas – Hall Hockey Hall ofFamer and former NHL player and head coach, Boston Rangers, Los Dos, New Hampshire Wildcats, Boston University 20.
Pat Burns – NBA Legend, Boston Bruins, Chicago Flames, Detroit Pistons, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Los Gatos 21.
Joe Sakic – Hall NHL Hall Of Fame and coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Toronto Islanders, Minnesota Wild 22.
Rick Neuheisel – Hall hockey legend, Chicago Whites, St Louis Blues, Chicago Admirals, Chicago Stags 23.
Rick Pitino – Hall, NHL, and NHL Player, Pittsburgh Penguins 24.
John Madden – NBA, Hall of famer and coach of the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles, Los Canebas, New Brunswick Seals, New Bedford Patriots, Los Olivos 25.
Bill Russell – NBA basketball player, Philadelphia Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta THrashers 26.
Phil Jackson – Hall NBA player with the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers 27.
Don Larsen – NBA players and coaches, New St Louis Lakers, Minnesota Lynx, Portland Trail Blazers, Portland Thorns, San Jose Sabres, Toronto Sun 28.
Rick Adelman – NBA great, Los Aries, Los Feliz, New Rochelle Hornets, Sacramento Stars 29.
Bob McAdoo – NBA icon, San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia Mavericks, Detroit Thrasher, Minnesota Twins 30.
Don Drysdale – NHL Hall/NBA legend, Pittsburgh Panthers, New Buffalo Sabres 31.
Mike Piazza – NHL legend, Detroit Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Chicago Sun Devils, Boston Red Wings 32.
Phil Esposito – NHL All-Time leading scorer, Detroit Generals, Boston Raptors, Detroit Flames, Edmonton Oil Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Cowboys 33.
Steve Nash – Hall player, New New York Islanders, New Haven Red Wings 34.
Kevin Garnett – Hall All-time leading scorer and MVP, Boston College, New Year’s Sixers, Detroit Thunder, Boston Wings, Dallas Thunder 35.
Mike Bibby – NHL and NHL legend and former Detroit Red Wing, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Senators, Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Canadiens 36.
Paul Weller – NBA all-time scoring leader, Boston Warriors, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Minnesota Stars, Minnesota United 37.
Pat Summitt – Hall players and former players, Philadelphia Athletics, Washington Senators, Pittsburgh Pirates, New Boston Bruins 38.
Bob Lanier – Hall legendary coach and former Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Bullets, Pittsburgh Sounds 39.
Bill Walton – NBA superstar and former Minnesota Timberwolves