Many strange incidents in sports history have left fans, athletes, and commentators scratching their heads, like What Just Happened? So let’s see some of the Strange Incidents Happened in History of Sports.
When you think about it now, strange incidents don’t have to be shocking or create a mess, they can also be purely funny. But mostly we get to see incidents that are not supposed to happen.
As with everything in the world, Sports has its fair share of Incidents around the globe.
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The Disappearing Pitcher
Christy Mathewson vanished during an inning of a baseball game between the New York Giants and Boston Braves in 1912. The incident was caused by him simply stepping behind a billboard to relieve himself.
The Soccer Riot
In 1969, a soccer match between El Salvador and Honduras sparked a war between the two countries. After Honduras won, riots broke out, leading to a diplomatic crisis and the brief Salvadoran-Honduran War.
The Bird Strike
The Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles played a baseball game in 2016 when a seagull was hit by a pitch. The game was briefly delayed while the grounds crew removed the bird’s remains from the field.
The Bite Fight
During a boxing match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in 1997, Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear, leading to his disqualification and a suspension from the sport.
This was a well-known incident already still I added this incident to this list.
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The Zamboni Joyride
A 15-year-old boy steals a Zamboni during an NHL game between Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators in 2003, driving it around the rink and causing a delay in the game.
The Poisoned Chalice
During a cycling race in 1998, a water bottle given to Italian cyclist Marco Pantani was found to be laced with the banned substance EPO. Pantani denied any knowledge of the doping and was cleared, but the incident raised questions about performance-enhancing drugs.
The Immaculate Reception
Franco Harris caught a deflected pass and ran in a game-winning touchdown for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Oakland Raiders in 1972. The play became known as the “Immaculate Reception,” but its legality has been debated ever since, with some arguing it should have been ruled incomplete.
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The Perfect 10
In the 1976 Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci became the first person ever to score a perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics. The electronic scoreboard was not designed to display such a high score, and instead showed a 1.00, leading to confusion and disbelief.
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