As Carl Malone retires from a prestigious career without ever winning the big-one, let's reflect on history and realize the names of other famous athletes who also ended on a bad note. The following never had a ring, yet were some of the greatest in their game when they played: Ted Williams - 19 season, 2 wars, .344 batting avg., 3 triple crowns, NO RING. Dominique Williams - Human Highlight Film - blessed with the greatest of talent, cursed by being a Hawk, NO RING. Barry Bonds - He's Charles Atlas in home run record book, but Barney Fife in Series quest. NO RING. Marcel Dione - 4th all-time goal scorer in NHL history, yet 0-18 in Stanley Cup time. NO RING. Fran Tarkenton - Scrambling legend at UGA, Mr. Viking of all time, Hall inductee, bombed at the Super Bowl. NO RING. Jim Kelly - Among his NFL laurels is the man with the biggest loosing record for Super Bowl QB's, his futility though does not weigh on his Hall induction. NO RING. Ernie Banks - 2-time MVP as a Cub, hit 512 homers yet never made it into the game. NO RING. Tony Gwynn - Padres greatest outfielder of all time, hit .336 in 14 seasons, yet .236 in his only Series appearance. NO RING. Dan Marino - Arguably the greatest of all QB's - never won a Super Bowl. NO RING. Ty Cobb - Mr. A**hole, Georgia Peach played 24 seasons while averaging .367, the highest in history. NO RING. Barry Sander - Greatest of all Lions running backs, one of the greatest in history, retired after 10 seasons and 10 Pro Bowls. NO RING. Anthony Munoz - The greatest offensive lineman in the history of the NFL, yet a Bengal, nonetheless. NO RING. Carl Yastremski - Red Sox Hall of Farmer, would have given anything to turn back the October clock. NO RING. Dan Fouts - Long before Peyton thought of playing in the NFL, made a nightmare of defensive coordinators lives on the field on Sunday. NO RING. and last but not least, Dale Murphy - Mr. Nice-guy, Atlanta Brave, what more to say. NO RING. Feel free to add to the list and comment.
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