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Who Has Brought the Most Magic to St. Louis Sports in the Last 20 Years? 

Week of March 21, 2001

Brooke Wirman
Social Worker/ Massage-Therapy Student
"Kurt Warner. This is a Midwestern town with Midwestern values -- not necessarily my values. But I would assume that it is very magical for St. Louis to have someone like him who is a positive role model -- a good Christian, a good family man and a great football player."

Donald Hughes
Acrobatic Performer, everydaycircus
"I'd say Ozzie Smith. He was an all-around excellent player and an all-around good guy. He never tried to show that he was better than anyone else. And those flips he would do running out on the field? That was like magic -- it thrilled the crowd. I think the fans love Ozzie Smith, even more than Mark McGwire."

Richard Edwards
Author, How I Turned $1,000,000
in Real Estate into $25 Cash

"Probably Hale Irwin, because golf is such a big, big sport now. We've got tons of good football and baseball players, but for longevity and mastery, I don't know who else other than Hale. He's moved on from the regular PGA circuit, and he's still winning tournaments on the senior circuit. He's made the stretch, and he's still playing like a master."

Valerie Fetterman
Foliage-Tender, Growing Green Inc.
"Mark McGwire, without a doubt. In 1994, when baseball was on strike, everybody hated baseball. The players made too much money. We didn't want to hear it. The following year, baseball was still lackluster. McGwire came along. He kicked ass and rocked us with his passion."

Father Joe Portucheck
Retired Parish Priest/Silver Medalist in Bicycling,
St. Louis Senior Olympics

"That track star from the East Side, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, definitely stands out. My heavens, in her prime she had no competition. Amateurs can't really compete with professionals for drawing live crowds, but the Olympics are watched by millions the world over, and she represented St. Louis in the Olympics -- three of them, I believe. She was like a gazelle on the field."

Rob Pecher
Piemaker, Racanelli's Pizza
"Steve Pecher, defenseman for the St. Louis Steamers in the '80s. He's my cousin, and he was the best boxer that soccer ever had."

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