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Top 20 Athletes To Never Win a Championship

There was a time in sports where Hall of Fame consideration barely brought up how many championships a player had. These days, it seems to be the only thing that voters and fans care about, which is why there are still some people out there that think Eli Manning is better than Peyton because the Giants quarterback has won two championships while his older brother has won just the one.

People buy into championships far too much in team sports when it comes to individual achievement, especially in our modern time when there are more teams and more parity in our professional sports leagues. Plenty of Hall of Fame players have gone their entire careers without claiming a championship, but which ones are the best?

Although some of them may have won a title in college, we are only looking at their professional resumes for this list. That means that any college championship isn’t taken into consideration. We’re also only taking American championships on the list, too, which means that Warren Moon is here despite winning five Grey Cup titles in the Canadian Football League. Here are the top 20 athletes to never win a championship.

20 20. John Stockton

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19 19. Tony Gwynn

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18 18. Marcel Dionne

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17 17. Warren Moon

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16 16. Dan Fouts

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15 15. Eric Dickerson

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14 14. Karl Malone

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13 13. Allen Iverson

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12 12. Ken Griffey, Jr.

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11 11. Patrick Ewing

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10 10. Dick Butkus

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9 9. Ernie Banks

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8 8. Carl Yastrzemski

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7 7. Elgin Baylor

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6 6. Dan Marino

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5 5. Charles Barkley

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4 4. Barry Bonds

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3 3. Barry Sanders

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2 2. Ty Cobb

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1 1. Ted Williams

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The top athlete on our list is none other than Teddy Ballgame, who was still able to reach 19 All-Star games, win two AL MVP awards, two triple crowns and multiple other honors despite missing four seasons due to World War II. Williams had an incredible career batting average at .344 with 2,654 hits and 521 home runs. When you consider that he didn’t play in his mid 20s, that’s pretty amazing. Not surprisingly, Williams was a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1966, but never won the World Series, appearing just once in 1946.

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