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Obscure sports trivia

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Chef2, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Well, there are four. I did not realize Nevers played MLB. But he was not one of the three I thought.
  2. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Gave up a home run to Babe Ruth in 1927.
  3. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    I will be away from Internet the next four days so here is the answer:

    Dixie Howell, Alabama, 1935

    George Halas, Great Lakes, 1919

    Rick Leach, Michigan, 1979

    And Nevers (but he played for the Browns, was that really MLB?)
  4. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Halas is the crazy one to me.

    Also, since I went to look up who they were, Dixie Howell never made it to the majors. There was a Dixie Howell in that same era, but a different guy.
  5. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Everyone knows that Kareem Abdul Jabbar gave the performance of a lifetime in Airplane, but what other LA sports star originated the co-pilot role in Zero Hour!, the move Airplane cribbed from?
  6. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Steve Garvey?
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  7. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    Looked it up, would never have guessed. Dude got pretty good play in the credits. Don't remember ever seeing it. He must have had a decent role.
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  8. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Not Steve, but Garvey does have this scene.
  9. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, he holds up well in a strong cast.

    Of note, the person who originated the Ted Stryker role was Scotty from Star Trek. It was a radio broadcast in Canada before it became a movie.
  10. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, wide receiver for the Rams. I actually rented "Zero Hour!" from Netflix a few years ago, and when I saw his name in the credits, I was like "Oh, so that's where the idea of casting Kareem came from."

    BTW, which pro athlete did the "Airplane!" producers originally ask to play Roger Murdock?
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  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

  12. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    And I believe it was Pete Rose, or at least he claimed it at one point.
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