Help Pick TNH’s Top Greek-American Athletes

Let the Great Debate begin. Who is the greatest Greek-American athlete of all time? Who are the top 20? The National Herald readers will help decide with an online poll for voting in a Special Section, offering 50 nominees – plus room for a write-in for those who pick 19 and feel someone has been left out.
The list was put together with the invaluable assistance of AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame Director Greg Stamos, who knows more about the field than perhaps anyone and has overseen the induction of many of them over the years.

He helped convince that only one without Greek heritage – Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis – deserved to be on the list because he grew up in a Greek family after being adopted.

It won’t be easy because Greek-Americans have stood out in virtually every sport including baseball, basketball, hockey, track and field, soccer, wrestling, tennis, diving, fencing, martial arts, boxing, running, and skating.

The names ring out from over the decades: Londos, Sampras, Chelios, Lalas, Maroulis, Agganis, Pihos, Karros, Karras, Moustakas, Galis, Matsos, Smerlas, Grammas, Loes, tying our community together over the years.

The poll will go online and your picks will help decide who makes the TNH Top 20 and in what order. Your selections, however, don’t have to be in order, just list 20 or 19 plus a write-in.

For those who want to be more involved, TNH offers the chance for you to write up to 200 words on your #1 pick and why, and if you want, send a headshot and we will pick from among them to be put in the Special Section to be published later this summer.

Here’s a sneak peek so you can begin your thinking.


  1. Lou Tsioropoulos – Basketball
  2. Nick Spanakos – Boxing
  3. Pete Spanakos – Boxing
  4. Nick Calathes – Basketball
  5. Dean Karnazes – Runner
  6. Leah Poulos – Speedskating
  7. Milt Pappas – Baseball
  8. Eric Karros – Baseball
  9. Gene Rossides – Football
  10. Christina Loukas – Diving
  11. Chris Farasopoulos – Football
  12. Mike Moustakas – Baseball
  13. Harry Agganis Football/Baseball
  14. George Parros – Hockey
  15. Nick Galis – Basketball
  16. Jimmy Carson (Kyriazopoulos)  – Hockey
  17. Pete Sampras – Tennis
  18. Archie Matsos – Football
  19. George Saimes – Football
  20. Anton Christoforidis – Boxing
  21. Alex Karras – Football
  22. Tom Pappas – Decathlete
  23. Nick Rodis – Football
  24. Pete Pihos – Football
  25. Jim Londos – Wrestling
  26. Fred Smerlas – Football
  27. Bill Atessis – Football
  28. Alexei Lalas – Soccer
  29. Chris Chelios – Hockey
  30. Gus Triandos – Baseball
  31. Alex Kampouris – Baseball
  32. Alex Grammas – Baseball
  33. Billy Loes – Baseball
  34. Kosta Koufos – Basketball
  35. Nick Fotiu – Hockey
  36. Nick Markakis – Baseball
  37. Cody Bellinger – Baseball
  38. Matt Stover – Football
  39. Greg Louganis – Diving
  40. Helen Maroulis – Freestyle Wrestling
  41. Matt Stover – Football
  42.   Alexei Pappas – Running
  43.  Alexander Massialas – Fencing
  44.  Nick Mantis – Basketball
  45.  Gus Niarhos – Baseball
  46.  Kurt Rambis – Basketball
  47.  Joe Panos – Football
  48.  Gust Zarnas – Football
  49. Billy Gazonas – Soccer
  50. Lonnie Paxton – Football


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