Take it from the title: a dozen titans of sport complete with psychological hang-ups, nickname etymologies, boundless admiration and some variously flavored quotations from sportswriters. Of the Babe limping around the diamond: ""He looked slower than a decrepit hurtle going up-hill toward a soup cannery."" Also, the female Babe and Jim Thorpe (the decline and fall) as outstanding athletes: baseball's Cobb and Mays; football's Grange and Jimmy Brown; Dempsey in the ring. Cousy on the court, Owens in the Olympics, Tilden for tennis, the Canadian Maurice Richard for hockey. You probably have them in other anthologies, and seven have biographies of their own. Expendable exercise.