Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/15/14

Well this should be interesting. You know the concept, there are four spots available to immortalize individuals from a similar field. Instead of four Presidents, we are talking about the Mt. Rushmore of Cleveland sports.

There are no real rules or right answers, but it makes for some fun discussion.  That said, we opened it up to our writers round-table style.

Rick: Jim Brown and Bob Feller are mortal locks I would assume. Who gets the other two spots?

TD: “The Lord” of course….BK19…. hahahahahaha… Hate to say it, but LeBron….Larry Doby?

Rick: I’m not automatically putting Kosar up there. He’s a candidate for certain, but he didn’t get us to the promised land.

Andrew: Jim Thome is getting a statue, so he has to be considered. The Indians are the oldest Cleveland sports franchise and he is the career HR leader, that has to count for something. LeBron probably should be on it, we don’t want to have to keep cleaning graffiti off it, so I say forget him. The Cavs should be represented, but by who? Z played the most games in this uniform, Price and Daugherty are folk heroes. Austin Carr is a great ambassador. But if the Cavs are tone represented, I might just nominate Joe Tait. Who is more beloved by Cavs fans that Tait?

Rick: Interesting. In fact Cleveland could be the only city who has four broadcasters on it’s sports mt. rushmore. (Tait, Score, Hamilton and Chandler)

Scott: I agree that LeBron would eventually get the nod, but a lot of dust still needs to settle. It may be a bit of a reach given that it’s not necessarily Cleveland, but what about Jesse Owens?  Echoing the rest, Jim Brown and Bob Feller; those two can start having their faces etched right now – a bit of a head start while we hash out the other two.

DP: Paul Brown, Jim Brown, Bob Feller, and Lenny Wilkins. But that’s just me.

TD: I know Herb was a “legend” here, but the truth is he was HORRIBLE. He is actually a disgrace to the Tait/Hammy/Chandler names. Those three were are/were true pros and GREAT at their jobs. Herb was a babbling buffoon. Prime example right here. Tell me how this is a good call. Fast Forward to the 5:59 mark.

Lenny Wilkins? Tell me what he did besides get us to one conference finals? Thome or The Lord would go over him. Omar too.

DP: Sorry, I picked him b/c I thought we needed to rep all three teams. If it were just top four, I would bump Lenny Wilkins with Nap Lajoie. If we’re going all-time.

Kirk: My Dad says the exact same thing, TD. He talked about how Herb was just a guy who grumpily collected a paycheck and who everyone just put up with because he was here so long. The Brown brothers, Feller, and Lebron for me….. You can’t deny your past, you can only hope to learn from it. As much as Mr. Cavalier or Mr. Cavalier 2.0 (Z) are my heart picks, it’s Lebron.

Andrew: That’s fine, but then you’re in charge of cleaning all the graffiti off it every day.

Scott: It’s certainly a tough call on a few levels.  Are we basing this on statistical accomplishments? How the city embraced (or still embrace) said individuals? I find it a bit depressing that we have collectively watched countless hours of Cleveland sport, yet the modern era has been littered with mediocrity – we have to give the benefit of the doubt to those who we’ve been told are legendary.  Campfire tales and Steve Sabol-laced highlight videos. 

Craig: I liked all the suggestions here except LeBron. I’d rather put Mark Price or Larry Nance on there than LeBron. Jim Brown has to be there. Bob Feller has to be there. After that, nobody else is a lock.

Rick: In one respect it’s hard to believe anyone would consider putting LeBron on there. In another respect, it’s hard to believe he didn’t earn it.

What about you? Who do you think should be on the Cleveland sports Mt. Rushmore?

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