Famous Freemason athletes include basketball stars Shaquille O'neal & Scottie Pippen - as well as the inventor of the sport coach James Naismith. Baseball players Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner were Freemasons, as well as boxers Jack Dempsey and Sugar Ray Robinson. Pro golf legend Arnold Palmer and former Denver Broncos' quarterback John Elway are also masons.
Businessmen in the craft include Henry Ford, Walter P. Chrysler, John Jacob Astor, KFC Mogul Colonel Harland Sanders, Charles Hilton, and Steve Wozniak - the inventor and co-founder of Apple Computer.
At the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement were several Freemasons. They include educator and author Booker T. Washington, sociologist and historian W.E.B. DuBois, associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall, and activist Medgar Wiley Evers.
Among explorers and pioneers there is a fair share of Freemasons. Davey Crockett and James Bowie, each involved in the famous battle of the Alamo were Freemasons, as were Sam Houston and Kit Carson. Meriwether Lewis and James Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expidition were both Freemasons as was Charles Lindbergh, and of course perhaps the furthest traveled pioneer Mason, Buzz Alderin.