Gordon Bombay was a saint, but he wasn’t perfect.
Neither was Mr. Mertle from The Sandlot. I bet you didn’t know that old man lied to Smalls and sandbagged Jackie Robinson for the better part of a century.
There’s plenty of weird stuff you probably didn’t know about your favorite childhood sports movies, and today, in honor of the 16th anniversary of Air Bud, we’re diving headfirst into the unknown.
The following are 16 facts you probably didn’t know about the sports movies you loved most as a kid.
There will be shock, awe and other strange feelings, but you will gain valuable knowledge today—knowledge you will use the next time your glassy-eyed friends start arguing about the historical accuracy of Cool Runnings at 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning.