Sammy Sosa never led the MLB in home runs during a single season.
False. Sosa led the league in 2000 with 50 home runs. Here's a weird fact, though: Sammy Sosa has three of the top six homerun seasons in MLB history, but he didn't lead the league in any of those years.
In 1951, a person with dwarfism became the shortest man to play in a Major League Baseball game.
True. His name was Eddie Gaedel, and he stood at 3'7". In his only plate appearance, he walked—the pitcher couldn't find Gaedal's tiny strike zone.
Philadelphia Eagles fans once booed Santa Claus.
True. They also threw snowballs at him. The incident occured on Dec. 15, 1968, during a game with the Minnesota Vikings.
The average golf ball has 336 dimples.
True. And yes, someone had to count.
Martin Brodeur once ate popcorn out of the Stanley Cup at a movie theater.
True. According to a report from Newsday, the incident occurred in 2003. No word on what movie he saw.
No kicker has ever won the NFL MVP award.
False. Mark Moseley won the award in 1982, and Lou Groza won it in 1954.
Boxer Muhammad Ali was inspired to take up the sport after receiving an autograph from his idol, Sugar Ray Robinson.
False. Robinson actually refused the autograph, which left an impression on Ali; as an adult, Ali vowed never to refuse an autograph, and even set up a P.O. box for anyone that wanted his signature.
The Chicago Cubs haven't won a championship since the Ottoman Empire existed.
False. This was true prior to 2016, but the Cubs won the World Series that year. Cubs fans loved clicking "false" on this question.
NBA Hall of Fame player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar only made one three-point shot in his entire career.
True. He scored 24.6 points per game and managed 11.2 rebounds per game, but he only sank one three-pointer.
If you sign up for the Green Bay Packers season ticket waiting list today, you'll probably wait about 1,000 years before receiving your tickets.
True. There are about 86,000 people on the list, and about 100 people give up their tickets every year, so you'll wait about 955 years to reach the top of the list.
Tom Brady once appeared on The Brady Bunch.
False. This urban legend doesn't really make sense; the sitcom aired in the early 1970s, and cast plenty of actors who weren't named "Brady." It apparently started with a satirical bit aired on ESPN.
The 7-10 split is the toughest split in bowling.
False. According to an analysis from the Professional Bowling Association's Ben Blatt, the 4-6-7-9-10 split (or "Greek Church" split) is the most difficult.
Buffalo Sabres GM Punch Imlach once drafted an imaginary player...on purpose.
True. This occurred in 1974; in the 11th round of the NHL Draft, Imlach was bored, so he invented a player and drafted him.
NBA player Dennis Rodman is the only basketball player to receive an official invite to North Korea.
False. Michael Jordan reportedly received an invitation from Kim Jong-il, but he declined the trip.
MLB legend Wade Boggs once downed 64 beers on a single cross-country flight.
False. Boggs denies that the number was that high.
Major League Baseball requires its umpires to wear black underpants.
False. This urban legend came from advice an older umpire gave to his colleagues. The thinking: If your underwear are black, people won't notice if you split your pants. That sounds like good advice, but it's not an actual requirement.
Jerry Rice is the only NFL player with a reception after the age of 40.
False. Oddly enough, quarterbacks Brett Favre and Tom Brady also notched receptions after their age 40 seasons. Jerry Rice had 161.
Golf is the only sport that has been played on the moon.
False. Astronauts have also thrown javelins—hey, that counts.
In World War II, the United States designed grenades to be the size and shape of baseballs, so that "any young American man" could throw one.
True. The BEANO T-13 grenade looks quite a bit like a baseball, and that's by design.
The most Babe Ruth ever made in a single season was $80,000.
True, but keep in mind that that salary was equivalent to about $1.1 million in today's dollars.
Barry Bonds is the only member of the 500 home runs/500 steals club.
True. He's also the only member of the 400 home runs/400 steals club. Barry Bonds was good at baseball.
Craig MacTavish was the last NHL player who didn't wear a helmet during games. He retired in 1997.
True. He was grandfathered in, as he was playing before the helmet rule's mandatory cutoff date in 1979.
No NHL goalie has ever played in more than 400 consecutive games.
False. Glenn Hall played in 502 consecutive complete games (the record ended on Nov. 8, 1962, due to back problems).
NBA star Pau Gasol went to medical school.
True. He left to pursue his basketball career, but reportedly remains "strongly interested" in medicine.
Barry Bonds is the all-time leader in intentional walks...and has more than twice as many walks as the next candidate.
True. Barry Bonds had 688 intentional walks in his career; the next candidate, Albert Pujols, has 310 as of 2019.
In most years, there are only two pro-sports-free days (no MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL games).
True. The day before and after the MLB All-Star Game typically have no games from any of the four major sports.
Abraham Linclon is the only President to be honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
False. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has also recognized George Washington, William Howard Taft, and Teddy Roosevelt. However, Lincoln was apparently a skilled wrestler.
According to the official rulebook, if both of an NHL team's goalies are injured, anyone in the stadium can fill in.
True. That's a good reason to wear your jersey to the game—you might actually end up playing!
A single cowhide provides enough material to make 10 footballs.
True. Wilson manufactures about 4,000 footballs per day.
The NHL doesn't technically own the Stanley Cup.
True. It's owned by trustees, not the NHL, and they can technically award the cup to a non-NHL team, if they want to.
The NFL and the Chicago Bears were both renamed on the same day.
True. On June 24, 1922, the American Professional Football Association became the National Football League, while the Chicago Staleys became the Chicago Bears.
The NFL is a tax-exempt organization.
False. The NFL's League Office was once a tax-exempt entity, but that designation only applied to the office, not the teams.
Frank Reich is the only quarterback in NFL history with an undefeated record in multiple playoff starts.
True. Losing's part of the game, even if you're one of the best—unless you're Frank Reich, that is.
A Mortal Kombat character is based on boxer Mike Tyson.
False. It's actually the Street Fighter character Balrog. In Japan, he's known as M. Bison.
Abbott and Costello are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
False. The comedy duo's "Who's on First?" bit is certainly one of the most famous skits associated with any sport, but it didn't win them a place in the Hall of Fame.
The New York Yankees adopted pinstripes to hide the size of Babe Ruth's gut.
False. This is an urban legend—the Yankees adopted pinstripes several years before Ruth joined their clubhouse.
Pittsburgh is the only city where all major sports teams wear the same colors.
True. The city's MLB, NHL, and NFL teams all wear black and gold.
Here's an easy one: In baseball, the maximum number of strikeouts per inning is three.
False. As dedicated baseball fans know, a dropped third strike counts as a strikeout, but may result in a runner taking a base. Theoretically, you could have an infinite number of strikeouts in a single inning.
Between periods, hockey great Wayne Gretsky would drink a full Diet Coke, then ice water, then a Gatorade.
True. Sometimes, he added a second Diet Coke at the end of the routine.
NHL great Bobby Orr was born, drafted, retired, and inducted into the Hall of Fame within the span of Gordie Howe's career.
True. To be fair, Bobby Orr only played for nine years, while Howe had a six-decade career that included one game with the Detroit Vipers in 1997. Howe's first game was in 1946.