Word Ladder: Twentieth Century Athletes

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Can you name the four letter athletes in this word ladder?

Updated Oct 25, 2011

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*This Babe was known as baseball's 'Sultan of Swat.'
To hurry, dash, or act with speed.
A command to urge on dogs during a dogsled journey in the snow.
Novelty Halloween song: 'Monster _____.'
Weight-like property measured in kilograms, or a liturgical celebration.
*This Willie appeared in a record 24 baseball All-Star Games.
Major League Baseball Team: Tampa Bay _____.
MLB pitcher Halladay and rock musician Orbison.
David Schwimmer's character on the sitcom 'Friends.'
*This Pete made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions: left- and right-field, and first, second, and third bases.
This Mike hosts the TV show 'Dirty Jobs.'
*This Gordie, a four-time Stanley Cup champ, is the only player to have competed in the NHL in five different decades (1940s-1980s).
To sharpen (e.g. with a whetstone), or to optimize one's abilities.
The first word in the name of China's third most populous city.
The second word in the name of China's third most populous city.
*This Billie Jean wasn't Michael Jackson's lover; she was a tennis player who won 12 Grand Slam titles.
Having a good or benevolent nature, or another word for 'type' or 'flavor.'
To tie or secure (e.g. with a rope or cord).
*This Larry was the sixth NBA draft pick in 1978, before coaching the Indiana Pacers from 1997-2000 after retirement.
One of an ancient order of minstret poets known for composing, reciting, and singing their works.
Not clothed or covered; naked.
Not occurring very often.
A contest of speed (e.g. running or sailing).
*This Jerry, often called the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, finished second on 'Dancing with the Stars'.
To annoy or irritate someone.
A heap of things lying on top of one another.
*This retired Brazilian footballer/soccer player named Edison Arantes do Nascimento goes by this single-word moniker.
Well-known post-secondary educational federal grant based on financial need.
To exert force by moving something toward oneself or the origin of the force; opposite of 'push.'
*This Bobby, famous for his blonde hair, was nicknamed the Golden Jet.

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