Your votes are in: The 20 greatest L.A. sports figures of all time
It started out as the 10 greatest L.A. sports figures of all time, but after getting 1,712 ballots, we are expanding it to the top 20. It is quite the eclectic group, a nice mix of announcers, coaches, athletes and owners.
We will unveil No. 20 Tuesday, and follow it with one each weekday until No. 1 is revealed. But first, a look at some of those who just missed the top 20:
O.J. Simpson: Finished in 21st, with many people noting that they wanted to vote for him but just couldn't after his involvement in certain legal matters.
Bob Miller: The Kings announcer just missed the top 20. He was often in the top five on the ballots he was on but just wasn't on enough of them.
Kirk Gibson: One swing almost landed the former Dodger among the top 20.
Deacon Jones: The legendary Ram fell short, but one of his teammates made the top 20.
Others bubbling below the top 20: Eric Dickerson, John McKay, Rafer Johnson, Willie Shoemaker, Oscar De La Hoya, Luc Robitaille, Shaquille O’Neal, Orel Hershiser, James Worthy, Gene Autry, Elroy Hirsch, Bill Walton, Duke Snider, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods and Nolan Ryan.
Eighty-seven people received votes, with the rest of the list consisting of names such as Jaime Jarrin, Zenyatta, Classie Freddie Blassie, the Dodgers' infield of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey, and the Coliseum.
Thanks for voting everyone! Let the speculation over the top 20 begin!
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: O.J. Simpson, shown with the Trojans in 1968, just missed the top 20. Credit: Los Angeles Times