All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Joe Mauer

All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Joe Mauer

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All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Joe Mauer

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We're counting down the Top 10 male and female all-time Ultimate Athletes. Previously: Lolo Jones, LeBron James, Mary Lou Retton, Michael Jordan, Cheryl Miller, Ray Lewis, Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Allen Iverson, Bonnie Blair, Dave Winfield, Mary Decker Slaney, Jim Brown and Lisa Leslie.

4. Joe Mauer

The only catcher to win three Major League Baseball batting titles. He's also the only high school athlete to be named ALL-USA Player of the Year in two sports (football and baseball).

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Why Him: In high school at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., he was a standout in three sports. In basketball, he was an all-state point guard his junior and senior seasons. In baseball, he struck out only once in four years at Cretin-Derham Hall, hit home runs in seven consecutive games and hit .605 his senior year. In football, he led his team to two consecutive state titles as a quarterback throwing 73 touchdown passes his final two seasons and was offered football scholarships by Miami, Florida State, Minnesota and Arizona. He was drafted No. 1 overall in 2001 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Minnesota Twins. He has been a six-time All-Star with the Twins, winning the 2001 American League MVP. He has won three Gold Gloves.

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Ultimate Moment: On July 26, 2010, Mauer went 5-for-5 with seven RBI, including a homer, in a 19-1 defeat of the Kansas City Royals.

Funky Fact: He was asked to leave his T-ball league when he was 4 because he hit the ball too hard.
 

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