A new study by uncovers the top sporting stars from California. 
Tiger Woods, O.J Simpson, and Joe Dimaggio lead the way as California’s Hometown Heroes.

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From Muhammad Ali to Michael Jordan and Jerry Rice, many of the greatest athletes of all time call America home.

But have you ever wondered which sports star is the most popular in California?

The west coast is home to plenty of sporting legends, donning leading titles in NBA, NFL, and many more, and – finally – recent data reveals who CA’s most celebrated sporting icon is.

A new study by uses recent Wikipedia search data to investigate California’s biggest sporting icons throughout history and who is still the most celebrated to this day and the results are in.

Top 5 Hometown Heroes:

Rank: Athlete: Profession: Wikipedia Search Data:
1 Tiger Woods Golf 5,466,084
2 O.J Simpsons NFL 5,221,261
3 Joe Dimaggio NBA 1,349,438
4 Pete Sampras Tennis 928,717
5 Barry Bonds NBA 856,644


To rank California’s top five hometown heroes, first collected data around the state’s most successful and prodigious athletes from Bleacher Report. From here, they analyzed each athlete’s Wikipedia page to assess visits during a twelve-month period between March 2020-March 2021.

The athlete with the most page views during this time is considered their state’s leading hometown hero, with the next four making up the top five.

You can find the full report by, here.

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