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Babe Ruth No. 1 The Baltimore Sun's 175 Top athletes

Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts quarterback, is honored as The Baltimore Sun's No. 2 Maryland athlete for his Hall of Fame career

Brooks Robinson owned third base. Still does. At his sendoff in 1977 — a "Thanks, Brooks" Day at a packed Memorial Stadium — Robinson's successor, Doug DeCinces, removed third base from its moorings and presented it to the Orioles veteran.

Frank Robinson, who led the Orioles to their first world championship, is No. 4 on The Baltimore Sun's list of top athletes

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who brought "winning energy" to Baltimore, is honored to join Maryland's sports pantheon

The Baltimore Sun's No. 6 all-time Maryland athlete is Cal Ripken Jr. The home-grown Orioles star wants to be remembered simply as "gamer."

Michael Phelps may be a global icon as the most golden of Olympians, but Baltimore remains where he touches home plate both as an athlete and a fan.

Baltimore Sun's Top 175 athletes: Despite his big-time power and three American League Most Valuable Player awards, 1930s slugger Jimmie Foxx of Sudlersville has been overshadowed

Baltimore Sun's Top 175 athletes: Baltimore Colts offensive lineman Jim Parker, who sprung Lenny Moore and protected Johnny Unitas, was named to All-Pro first team eight straight years

Baltimore Sun's top 175 athletes: Former center Wes Unseld was a dominant rebounder for the NBA's Bullets and has remained in the Baltimore area

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of The Baltimore Sun in 2012, reporter Mike Klingaman compiled a list of the top 175 athletes who were either born in or raised in the state of Maryland, or who competed here for at least three years. The athletes were ranked based on their performance, their impact on sports and their lasting resonance with fans. Coaches and managers were not included.

Breaking down The Top 175 Maryland athletes in Baltimore Sun history

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