List of multi-sport athletes

List of multi-sport athletes

A multi-sport athlete is an athlete who competes at a high level in two or more different sports. Most athletes play two or more sports from a young age – especially in high school – before deciding to concentrate on just one sport.



In the United States, it was commonplace for athletes to play in two or more sports.[1]

List of athletes

Below is a list of multi-sport athletes who have played in at least one sport professionally, listed by primary athletic occupation, with notes on their secondary sport(s).

American football

Association football

Australian rules football





  • Don Carter – a PBA Hall of Famer, appeared in 38 pro baseball games for the Red Springs Red Robins (a farm club of the Philadelphia Athletics), where Carter hit .302 in 96 AB and also pitched in 15 games, acquiring a 3–7 win-loss record.
  • Eddie Lubanski – a USBC Hall of Fame member, pitched for three seasons for farm clubs of the St. Louis Browns. He compiled an enviable 50-18 win-loss record, winning 20 games in his second season, but quit baseball entirely after a dispute with the owner of the Muskogee Reds.[35] He returned to Detroit to become a full-time pro bowler, an occupation he had started at age fifteen.
  • Walter Ray Williams, Jr. – Seven-time PBA Player of the Year, Walter Ray has also won six Men's World Horseshoe Pitching titles.





  • Babe Zaharias – won 41 LPGA events and 11 majors in golf, as well as three Olympic medals (two gold and one silver) in track & field. Zaharias was also an All-American basketball player.[31]


Mixed Martial Arts

Professional wrestling

Rugby League

  • John Hopoate – After multiple suspensions forced him to retire from rugby, he pursued a career in boxing, eventually becoming the Australian heavyweight champion.[51]
  • Anthony Mundine – Has had a career as a boxer, from 2000 to the present.

Rugby Union


Track and field

See also


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  16. ^ ICC Trophy Matches played by Tim Buzaglo
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