20 Crazy Sports Stats You Never Knew
Behind every magical athletic performance is a concealed packet of facts.
Not breakfast preferences, pregame rituals or tendency to fold during a poker game, but rather a collection of unknown pieces of knowledge that keeps fans eager to learn more.
These stats form the backbone of the sports world and give fans a true perspective on different achievements and records. A necessary asset indeed.
Let's take a look at the craziest sports stats you never knew. Some may be loosely classified as facts, but necessary shares either way.
Grab that record book.
20. Mark McGwire's Statistical Climb
Mark McGwire's record-setting 70 home runs in the 1998 season traveled a total of 29,598 feet, enough to fly over Mount Everest.
The baseball did most of the work.
19. Hammerin' Hank
Take away Aaron's 755 home runs and he still has more than 3,000 hits.
The statistics don't lie. The man was a beast.
18. Desmond Howard Returns the Favor
17. Baseball's Intricacies
Each baseball game has 12,386,344 possible plays.
And somewhere around 10 times as many sunflower seed shells.
16. Three Quick Ones
An 18-year-old Tommy Ross scored the quickest soccer hat trick ever...90 seconds.
Clearly an early bloomer.
15. Frank Robinson Switch Hits
Frank Robinson is the only player to be named MVP in both leagues.
14. Brett Favre's First Packer Completion
Brett Favre's first completion as a Packer was to himself.
Enjoy the visual proof.
13. Scoring Prowess
Scoring five or more goals in a single NHL game has only been accomplished 60 times.
By 44 talented individuals.
12. Jon Rauch vs. Jose Altuve
6'11" Rauch facing 5'5" Altuve on May 1 was the biggest height differential in baseball history (excluding Eddie Gaedel).
The biggest height discrepancy ever was far more than just another routine at-bat.
11. Hockey Developments
NHL overtime was eliminated during WWII because there were restrictions on train travel, so they couldn't risk going long and missing the one and only train that night. It was only reinstated in 1983-84.
We continue to yearn for epic shootouts.
10. America's Slow Pastime
The actual playing time in an MLB game is nine minutes and 55 seconds, despite routinely finishing at around three hours.
The rest of the time features spitting, scratching and salivating.
9. Gridiron Flop
There have only been 14 four-interception games in NFL history.
From a single defender, of course.
8. Ruling Their Field
Brian Rudge (2012, pictured) and Drew Coble (1990) are the only two umpires to be behind the plate for two no-hitters.
The clutch gene rules again.
7. Defensive Attack
Ten goalies have scored a goal in a National Hockey League game.
Some didn't even have to touch the puck.
6. Early October
A total of 63 errors were made in the 1886 World Series.
The St. Louis Browns beat the Chicago White Stockings 4-2. Old school classic.
5. The Golden Arm
Four strikeouts in an inning has only occurred 60 times.
Sixty is clearly the new lucky seven.
4. Hole in One
3. The Finances of a Pigskin
It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
And just as many reporters to surround Tim Te'Bro after every movement.
2. The Formula to Victory
From a complete stop, a human is capable of outrunning a Formula One race car for about 30 feet.
Time to juice up those competitions.
1. Nearing Perfection
The perfect inning (nine pitches, nine strikes, three outs) has only been achieved 46 times.
Most expected selection: Nolan Ryan
Most surprising selection: Byung-Hyun Kim