On this day, 38 years ago, one of baseball's all-time controversial figures was born. Yes, we're talking about none other than former Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians pitcher, John Rocker. A human firestorm of controversy, Rocker basically took a can full of gas and a handful of matches to his public image all the way back in 1999, when his remarkably off-the-cuff interview with Sports Illustrated essentially ostracized himself from civilized humanity by taking shots at homosexuals, women, and races of all types. It remains today as one of the most impressively unabashed expressions of racism and prejudice by any athlete ever.
Of course, Rocker certainly isn't the first figure in sports to use a racial slur or two. Over time, many major sports have accumulated a dirty laundry list of one racially-charged incident after the next. But to narrow them down a bit for you guys, we shortened that list to the 20 Most Racist Sports Statements of the Past 25 Years. From 1988 to the present, who put their foot in their mouth the worst? Don Imus, Fuzzy Zoeller, Rob Parker? You be the judge.