Think back to when Paul Simon wrote "Mrs. Robinson" (1966--The Graduate was released in 1967, so I'm just guessing).
From that song, my favorite line is
"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."
Suppose that Simon was writing the song now. Who would he choose for today's ubi sunt?
Are there any sports heroes of more recent decades who simply played for the game? To me, Michael Jordan was too commercial, too into being Michael Jordan. Maybe Brett Farve will be a candidate in ten or so years, but not unless this whole "comeback" thing turns out just to be a rumor--unless he comes back and wins the Super Bowl, that is.
In all honest, I don't think that the 1970's, 1980's, or 1990's produced anyone who could be substituted for Joe DiMaggio.
Reply with any candidates.
Here's some audio of "Mrs. Robinson."