Dec 23, 2021

Random Thursday

Let's dive back into Shane Carley's True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t and learn more bizarre, but true facts in the world of sports!

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William Edward White, a former slave, was actually the first African American baseball player when he served as one game replacement player in 1879. Moses Fleetwood Walker lasted a little longer, nearly playing a full season in 1884. 63 years later Jackie Robinson would come and make his debut.

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In 1939, around 1,000 people watched the first televised football game. This was largely due to not many people owning televisions back then.

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Hoyt Wilhelm hit a home run in his first major league game, but would never hit another one in his 21 years of playing.

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Pete Rose was banned from baseball due to a gambling scandal by A. Bartlett Giamatti, Paul Giamatti's father.

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Bill Buckner has more hits in his career than Ted Williams.

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