poll: Who is the Best Athlete Ever from Blackstone Valley?
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Who is the Best Athlete Ever from Blackstone Valley?
- 65 vote - Nap Lajoie (Woonsocket)- Holds American League record for single-season batting average (.422 in 1901)
- 32 vote - Brian Lawton (Cumberland)- No. 1 NHL Draft pick in 1983 and former Tampa Bay Lightening GM
- 22 vote - Janet Moreau (Pawtucket)- 1952 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4x100 relay
- 17 vote - Carlton "Cookie" Gilchrist (Smithfield)- 1962 American Football League MVP
- 14 vote - Bobby Doyle (Central Falls)- Seven-time Ocean State marathon champion
It's hard to go against Brian Lawton, who spent a decade in the NHL as a player, or Janet Moreau's Gold Medal on the track and national junior championships in the pool. Lesser known football star "Cookie" Gilchrist was a prolific runner in Buffalo long before O.J. Simpson came to town, and is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the American Football League.
The point is, you can't go wrong with any of these Bay State athletic heroes. Still, we want to know who you think is the best. So tell us Rhode Island, who is the greatest athlete to ever come out of Blackstone Valley.