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The National Anthem wasn't always played before games. A demand by players for more money delayed the start of this event and so the band struck up the Star Spangled Banner.
It wasn't a drive for glory, but rather the need to deliver medicine that drove the first run of what is now this annual commerative race.
Barry holds the MLB record, but if you count Negro League stats, it is this man who would hold the marks for season and career home runs.
It wasn't a man's name, but rather a pie company, that inspired the word for this UFO-shaped sporting device.
Though the idea traces back to Heisman, it was this Bull Moose who convened the meeting that led to the legalization of the forward pass in football.
Though called a 'gold medal', the medals given to winners at this event are only 1.34% gold.
He's brought the Lakers five Championships, but Kobe Bryant wasn't drafted by them. He was actually drafted by this team.
He was suspended for betting ON his team, but the evidence showed he always bet on them to win.
The ball certainly went through his legs, but it did so in Game 6- the Sox still had their chance to win in Game 7.
The 'Miracle on Ice' didn't win the U.S. the gold medal. They still had to beat this team in the final game.
Not only did this man not invent the game of baseball, it's not known whether he ever even saw a game.
The New York Jets have never won an NFL Championship. When they won Super Bowl III they were champions of this league.
The members of this 1972 team do not meet every year to toast the continuation of their record as the last undefeated team in their sport.
Prior to Super Bowl XXII this QB was not asked 'How long have you been a black quarterback', but was asked a question that began, 'You've been a black quarterback all your life...'
A gold recording of their 'Who's On First?' resides in the Hall of Fame's museum, but this comedic group behind the recording was not inducted into the Hall.
Although he's apparently a fan of the sport, this former Cuban leader never played organized baseball and certainly never had a tryout with the Washington Senators.
Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak did not start because this man sat out with a headache (nor, a concussion as he later claimed), but rather just a good old-fashioned benching
Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947 but he wasn't the first African-American player in the major leagues. This man was first, playing in 1884.
Although he dressed for Game 5 of the '92 NLCS after playing in an NFL game earlier that day, he never entered the baseball game and so did not play both pro sports on the same day
He scored 12 goals in 4 World Cups for Brazil and fans chanted 'Pelé' each time, but Pelé is not his real name.
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Feb 26th, 2013 at 05:20 GMT
Learned some things from this quiz, but ones like this can be easy when context calls for something in a specific category and there's only one. Such as Finland for country, AFL for league, Hornets for NBA team, etc.
Feb 26th, 2013 at 05:32 GMT
I agree with jbatt--I knew all of these without needing to engage in test-taking tricks, but even if I hadn't, they would almost all have been guessable. I think the only fix would be to include a bunch of false answers that don't link to any question. Like, for the Bill Buckner question, add Roger Clemens and Dwight Evans and Spike Owen. For the Iditarod, add the first marathon, the Baja Rally, and the Belmont Stakes. And so forth.
Feb 26th, 2013 at 10:25 GMT
Also -- the Red Sox would not have won the World Series if the ball doesn't pass through Bucknor's legs
Feb 26th, 2013 at 12:09 GMT
floyd: I disagree. There are enough names of people on here, that if you don't know who they are, you're just stabbing in the dark.
Feb 26th, 2013 at 13:07 GMT
@jBATT- I debated whether to do it that way, and in retrospect, I think you're right. Unfortunately, I'm about to start a suppression hearing at work, so it'll have to wait until later this morning, but I will definitely make that change.
Feb 26th, 2013 at 13:10 GMT
"Babe and Barry hold the MLB record..." Babe Ruth is third on the all-time home run list and eighth on the single-season list. Is there a reason you included him in this question and not, say, Hank Aaron or Mark McGwire?
Feb 26th, 2013 at 15:17 GMT
Ok, suppression hearing over (no, I haven't ruled on it yet) and decoy answers added. Thanks for your patience on that. @Babomomebeo- Not sure why I included the Babe on that one, but I've reduced it to just Bonds now.
Feb 26th, 2013 at 16:01 GMT
The inclusion of "the" before some of the answers and not others is a little frustrating, because you can't depend on the alphabet to help you find the answer you're looking for. For example "THE New England Patriots" but only "Miami Dolphins".
Feb 26th, 2013 at 16:08 GMT
Why did my point get thumbed down? People act like if Bucknor makes that play, the Red Sox win the World Series, but the game was tied when the ball went through his legs
Feb 26th, 2013 at 16:15 GMT
Finally some real respect for Pete Rose
Feb 26th, 2013 at 16:51 GMT
I saw Fred Merkle's name on the list, and I was hoping for the first Sporcle quiz to mention his boner, creating what has been called "the most controversial game in baseball history".
Feb 26th, 2013 at 19:17 GMT
maybe add steve bartman... wasn't really his fault considering there was an error before that (or after? i forget) allowing 2 runs to score and they gave up 8 runs in total in that inning... plus they still had game 7 too
Feb 26th, 2013 at 19:19 GMT
The "the"s have been removed. DarkPhalanx is right- Game 6 was already tied. Buckner's error allowed the winning run to score. Most people also forget that Buckner helped ignite a Red Sox rally (that ultimately fell short) the following game. Buckner and Merkle are largely in the same boat. They both had long, productive careers (Buckner played 22 seasons and had 2715 hits, Merkle played 16 seasons and had 1580 hits) but are remembered for one mistake.
Feb 26th, 2013 at 19:29 GMT
@brushfire32: by respect, do you mean that 90% of quiz takers recognize the name of someone who was banned for betting on his own sport? Or do you mean that it was pointed out that he only bet on his team to win? Because neither are particularly a sign of respect. The former is a sign of infamy. The latter leaves wide open the possibility that he mismanaged his team, or specifically his pitching staff, in an attempt to win the games on which he did bet. Just because he bet on them to win doesn't mean it was right, and it doesn't mean it's an act that deserves respect. IMO Rose should be in the Hall as a player, with a glaring statement that he was caught, and admitted to, betting on baseball as a manager.
Feb 27th, 2013 at 00:52 GMT
@pete32782 I mean the fact that he bet on his team to win. He definitely wasn't the greatest manager and doesn't deserve to be recognized for that in the Hall of Fame. The fact that he's breaking the misconception in this quiz brings Rose a little more respect even thought it's moving him from no respect to very little. All in all, I agree he should be in the Hall for his achievements as a player not his mistakes as a mediocre coach
Feb 27th, 2013 at 14:58 GMT
Actually, I'd say it is more of a misconception to think that Pete Rose only bet on his team to win. Rose agreed to his ban from baseball due to an agreement to suspend further investigation. The only people who believe Rose never bet against the Reds are those that take Rose's word for it. Considering he lied for 15 years about betting at all, I have to ask how gullible you would have to be to believe him now.
Feb 27th, 2013 at 18:52 GMT
@sox_fan: It's not really just Rose's word. The Dowd Report stated there was no evidence showing he bet against the Reds. However, I think I've heard that John Dowd himself believes he probably bet against them, so it's most likely wishful thinking on the part of Rose's fans that he never bet against them.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 02:34 GMT
The 72 Dolphins, however, actually met when the Patriots lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl.
Feb 28th, 2013 at 02:59 GMT
@chronosaurus- Not according to the sources I can find: http://www.snopes.com/sports/football/miami72.asp. Shula says it just doesn't happen.
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