The Cincinnati Bearcats are the athletic teams representing the University of Cincinnati. The Bearcats have a storied athletic history and have produced many talented athletes over the years. In this article, we'll take a look at the top five best players in Cincinnati Bearcats history.

  1. Oscar Robertson (Basketball)

Oscar Robertson is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He played for Cincinnati from 1957 to 1960 and was a two-time National Player of the Year. Robertson led the Bearcats to the Final Four in 1959 and is the all-time leading scorer in Cincinnati history with 2,973 points. He went on to have a successful NBA career, winning an MVP award and leading the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA championship in 1971.

  1. Sandy Koufax (Baseball)

Sandy Koufax is one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. He played for Cincinnati in 1954 and was the team's top pitcher. Koufax went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning three Cy Young Awards and leading the Dodgers to four World Series titles.

  1. Kenyon Martin (Basketball)

Kenyon Martin played for Cincinnati from 1996 to 2000 and led the Bearcats to the NCAA Tournament twice. He was named the National Player of the Year in 2000 and was the first overall pick in the NBA Draft that year. Martin went on to have a successful NBA career, playing for multiple teams over a span of 15 years.

  1. Heather Mitts (Soccer)

Heather Mitts played soccer for Cincinnati from 1996 to 1999 and was a three-time All-American. She went on to have a successful professional career, winning three Olympic gold medals and two World Cup championships with the United States Women's National Team.

  1. Greg Cook (Football)

Greg Cook played football for Cincinnati in 1968 and had a standout season as the team's quarterback. He was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1969 after being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately, Cook's career was cut short due to a shoulder injury, but his talent and potential are still remembered by Cincinnati fans today.


The Cincinnati Bearcats have produced many talented athletes over the years, but these five players stand out as some of the best. Oscar Robertson, Sandy Koufax, Kenyon Martin, Heather Mitts, and Greg Cook all had outstanding careers in their respective sports and are remembered as legends at the University of Cincinnati. Their contributions to the Bearcats' athletic program will not be forgotten, and they will always be remembered as some of the greatest athletes in Cincinnati history.

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