Just as Scotland gave the world, television, the telephone,
penicillin, the Bank of England, the US Navy, the steam engine,
tarmacadam, chloroform, radar, the dentist's drill, and many more
wonders besides, many of the country's sportsmen and women are
revered as global legends. Scotland may not have won the World Cup
(yet ), but the likes of Denis Law, "Slim" Jim Baxter, and Jimmy
"Jinky" Johnstone would not have looked out of place in the canary
yellow of Brazil. Meanwhile, Scotland's three managerial
musketeers, Sir Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, and Jock Stein, fashioned
teams that have become part of football folklore, as did Sir Alex
Ferguson in more recent times. Amazingly, Scotsmen have conquered
the world in just about every major sport: Jim Clark and Sir Jackie
Stewart in Formula One; Ken Buchanan and Benny Lynch in the boxing
ring; sprinters Allan Wells and Eric Liddell on the Olympic track;
and, as befitting a nation renowned as "the home of golf," Sandy
Lyle was recognized as the greatest player on the planet upon
winning the Masters in 1988. The Scots have even left their mark in
"foreign" sports. Bobby Thomson became an American hero when he
struck the most famous home run in baseball history, while Douglas
Jardine found fame of a different sort in 1933 when he captained
England's cricketers to victory in the highly controversial
"Bodyline" Ashes Series in Australia. Scottish sport is the richest
of tapestries and, in Scottish Sporting Legends, the cream of the
crop are entertainingly profiled to comprise a revealing collection
of portraits of Scots sports stars past and present.
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