ESPN reviewed the submissions and discussions on your state/region's conversation page. The four figures on Rhode Island's Sports Rushmore are below:
Rocco Baldelli (Woonsocket) -
A four-sport star at Bishop Hendricken High in Warwick, Baldelli won state championships in baseball, basketball and volleyball before going on to play Major League Baseball.
Ernie DiGregorio (North Providence, Providence) -
He led Providence to the Final Four in 1973 then went on to become the NBA Rookie of the Year and assists leader in 1974.
Nap Lajoie (Woonsocket) -
His .426 batting average in 1901 is the MLB modern-era record.
Dave Gavitt (Westerly) -
Gavitt was the head basketball coach and athletic director at Providence and the first Big East commissioner.
Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)
Marvin "Bad News" Barnes (Providence)
- Providence star from 1971 to '74, as ABA Rookie of the Year with St. Louis averaged 24 points and 15.6 rebounds
Bill Belisle (Woonsocket)
- Coached Mount St. Charles Academy to 26 straight state hockey titles from 1978-2003
Glenna Collett Vare (Providence)
- Won six U.S. Women's Amateurs from 1922 to '35; trophy for lowest stroke average on LPGA tour named for her
Davey Lopes (East Providence)
- 4-time All Star, twice led NL in steals
Dick Magarian (Coventry High School)
- Won 11 Rhode Island State Championships as the head wrestling coach. Won three New England titles and coached eight All-Americans during his tenure
Joe Mullaney (Providence)
- Coached Providence basketball to two NIT championships in '60s
Vinny Pazienza (Cranston)
- Won IBF lightweight title in 1987 and WBA junior middleweight crown in
Rick Pitino (Providence)
- Coached Friars to 1987 Final Four
Chris Terreri (Warwick, Providence)
- Goaltender led Providence to two Frozen Fours