Mistakes in sports movies are more common than you might think.
I’m not talking about major changes to the truth—certain liberties taken to add dramatic effect. For example, we all know that no Notre Dame player ever laid down his jersey for Rudy.
But you might not know that Bob Cerv wasn’t on the 1961 New York Yankees Opening Day roster. Or that the makers of The Blind Side might not fully understand clock management.
I’m also not talking about downright unrealistic plot lines. As if the Cubs would really let a 12-year-old kid pitch for them. As if the Indians would be so devoid of a farm system that they would recruit randos who showed up to training camp uninvited.
Today I present to you 15 factual mistakes made in these based-on-a-true-story sports movies—minor plot tweaks that you may not have noticed or errors that could even have been unbeknownst to the filmmakers themselves.
Allow me to delight you with useless movie trivia for a moment, will you?