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Tuesday, May 1, 2001
Updated: June 3, 12:07 PM ET
ESPN Classic Presents the Legends on ESPNRadio with Chuck Wilson


Robin Roberts
Legends with Chuck Wilson
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• Host: Chuck Wilson
• Date, Time: Thursday 9:05 p.m. ET (re-airs Tuesday 10:05 p.m. ET)
Email: chuckandchris@espnradio.com
Robin Roberts, Hall of Fame Pitcher - Joining Chuck Wilson for a brand new installment of ESPN Classic Presents the Legends on ESPN Radio ... A brilliant 19 year career with the Philadelphia Phillies - 1948-1961, Baltimore Orioles - 1962-1965, Houston Astros - 1965-1966, and Chicago Cubs - 1966 ... Career 286 wins, 245 losses ... Robin won 20 or more games in 6 straight seasons for the Philadelphia Whiz Kids from 1950-1955 ... Best season came in 1952 when he went 28-7, with a 2.59 ERA, and 148 strikeouts ... A true workhorse as a pitcher never missing a start in the 1950's, he pitched 300 or more innings for 6 straight seasons, pitched 200 or more innings in 12 straight seasons .... Appeared in 5 All Star Games, he was Major League Baseball's Player of the Year in both 1952, and 1955 ... He completed 50 percent of his starts for his entire career, an achievement we sure won't ever see in today's baseball .... His greatest moment in baseball was in 1950 when he pitched the Phillies to the National League Pennant and their first World Series in 35 years .... Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1976.

Denny Crum
From March 6: Denny Crum, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, Head Basketball Coach at the University of Louisville from 1971-2001 ... A pupil of legendary UCLA coach John Wooden both as a player an as an assistant with the Bruins ... He was Coach Wooden's top assistant and recruiter and helped UCLA to 3 National Titles while there ... Led the Cardinals to 6 Final Fours (1970, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1983, and 1986) and 2 National Championships (1980, and 1986) ... Led Louisville to 20 or more victories in 21 of his 30 seasons, and 23 NCAA appearances ... Named National Coach of the Year 3 times in 1980, 1983, and 1986 ... His greatest achievement was being enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 ... He retired as the coach of Louisville in 2001.

David Thompson
From Feb. 27 - David Thompson, Basketball Hall of Famer - Joining Chuck for a brand new installment of ESPN Classic Presents the Legends on ESPN Radio .... Nicknamed the Skywalker for his incredible leaping ability, David first dunked a basketball when he was 5' 7 and in the 8th grade ... Arguably the greatest basketball player in ACC history, Thompson led his NC State Wolfpack club to the 1974 NCAA Championship ... A Consensus First Team All America in 1973, 1974, and 1975, he was the AP National Player of the Year in 1974, and 1975, and the ACC Player of the Year in 1973, 1974, and 1975 ... Participated in the first ever slam dunk contest with the ABA in 1976, with the likes of George Gervin and Julius Erving .... The ABA Rookie of the Year in 1976 with the Denver Nuggets, he was also All NBA First Team in 1977, and 1978 ... A 5-time All Star in the ABA, and NBA, he was the MVP of the 1976 ABA, and 1977, and 1979 NBA All Star Games, the only player named MVP in both the ABA and NBA All Star Games ... On April 9, 1978, David scored a career high 73 points against the Detroit Pistons ... David had his numbers retired both with the NC State Wolfpack and the Denver Nuggets .... Enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Vern Mikkelsen
From Feb. 20: Vern Mikkelsen, Basketball Hall of Famer - Played his entire career with the Minneapolis Lakers from 1949-1959 ... A 6 time NBA All Star, he was a part of 4 NBA Championships with the Lakers in 1951, 52, 53, and 1955 ... Part of one of the greatest frontlines in pro basketball history with Hall of Famers Jim Pollard, and George Mikan ... A 5 time Laker captain, he scored a career high 43 points against Cincinnati in his last season of 1959 ... He was one of the first true Power Forwards in NBA history ... Enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.



Bobby Jones From Feb. 13: Bobby Jones was one of the more underrated players in basketball history ... Played 2 seasons in the ABA with the Denver Nuggets from 1974 - 1976, then onto the NBA, 2 more years in Denver, and then from 1978-1986, 8 years with the 76ers ... Named 11 times to the All-ABA or NBA Defensive Team in 12 years ... The NBA's Sixth Man Award winner in 1983 .... A pupil of Dean Smith's at North Carolina from 1970-1974, he was also a member of the Silver Medal Winning U.S. Olympic Team in 1972 ..... A member of one of the best teams in NBA history, the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers, losing only one game enroute to the Championship ... For more information on Bobby log onto www.mvpspeakers.com .



Gail Goodrich
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Gail Goodrich, left, is the latest Legend interviewed by Chuck Wilson.

From Feb. 6: Gail Goodrich, Basketball Hall of Famer - Joining Chuck for a special edition of ESPN Classic Presents the Legends on ESPN Radio from the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass ... Only 5'1 and 100 lbs in the 10th grade, Gail never dreamed of being a hall of fame basketball player ... Attended UCLA under the coaching of John Wooden ... Helped the Bruins to a 30-0 season and the 1964 NCAA Championship, both the first in school history .. The following year he led the Bruins to another title with a 28-2 record ... Moving onto the NBA, Gail played 14 seasons from 1966-1979 with the Lakers, Suns, and Jazz ... He was part of the 1971-72 Lakers NBA Championship team leading LA in scoring at 25.9 ppg, helping the Lakers to a record 33 game winning streak in mid-season and a 69-13 record ... A 5 time All Star, he teamed with Jerry West to form one of the best backcourts in NBA history ... He is the Lakers 6th all time leading scorer ... His Number 25 jersey was retired by the Lakers on November 20, 1996 ... Enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.


Bailey Howell
From January 31 - Bailey Howell, Basketball Hall of Famer - Played with the Detroit Pistons from 1958-1964 ... Baltimore Bullets from 1964-1966 ... Boston Celtics from 1967-1970 ... and the Philadelphia 76ers from 1970-1971 ...... A 6 time All-Star, Bailey won 2 NBA Championships, back to back with the Boston Celtics in 1968, and 1969 .... Upon retirement in 1971, he ranked among NBA's top 10 leaders in nine statistical categories including points, rebounds and games played .... He finished his career with 17,770 points, 18.7 per game and 9,383 rebounds, 9.9 per game .... He was also a two time consensus All America at Mississippi State in college, being named the teams most valuable player in the 1958-59 season guiding the Bulldogs to their first ever SEC title ... He was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.