EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – It’s nicknamed the “City of Champions” and there’s a good reason why.
For decades, East St. Louis had produced some of the most talented athletes with hundreds playing at the collegiate level and many going pro.
From baseball, basketball, football and tennis and track and field -- you name it, East St. Louis has had one or more stars in it.
Famous East St. Louis athletes include football players Brian Cox, Terry Hawthorne, Dana Howard, and Eric Wright.
Basketball – LaPhonso Ellis, Cuonzo Martin and Darius Miles.
On the diamonds, you can’t forget about players like Homer Bush, Hank Bauer, and Johnny Wyrostek , just to name a few.
But one of the biggest names comes straight from the track. Not only is Jackie Joyner-Kersee a “champion”, she has been called the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center
101 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Circle
East Saint Louis, Illinois 62204