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11 Notable One-Hit Wonders From the World of Sports


On this day 35 years ago, "My Sharona" by The Knack hit No. 1. It stayed atop the charts for six weeks, making The Knack one of the greatest one-hit wonders of all-time.

To mark this momentous occasion in the history of music, here are some notable one-hit wonders from the world of sports. Each enjoyed an epic moment in the spotlight never to be equaled, and a couple of surprises thrown in as well.

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David Tyree: He did nothing of substance in the NFL before or after this game. Tyree caught a TD pass to put the Giants up 10-7 in Super Bowl XLII. Then, he pulled off this play, the second-most devastating moment in the history of the Patriots, following Jack Tatum's hit on Darryl Stingley.

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Ortiz champaigne

The 2013 Red Sox: They've already lost more games this year than they did all of last season and there's still another six weeks of baseball to look forward to to endure. While the 2014 Red Sox enjoyed decent starting pitching early in the season, the bats never came close to finding the sweet spots they enjoyed in 2013. The Red Sox have scored 477 runs in their first 124 games this season. Last year, that number was 616.

The current ace of their staff? Your guess is as good as mine or John Farrell's.

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Curt Schilling vs. The A's in 2007: We did say "one-hit wonders." With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Schilling was once pitch away from his first career no-hitter when he infamously shook-off Jason Varitek. His 98th pitch of the game then bounced into right field. He got Mark Ellis to foul out two pitches later and the Red Sox had a 1-0 win. Schilling would retire with three career one-hitters. "With two outs I was sure I had it," Schilling said. "I shook off [Varitek] and now I'll have to deal with a 'what-if' the rest of my life."

If Schilling only had that to worry about these days.

Get well soon, Curt.


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Brady Anderson

Brady Anderson: Traded by the Red Sox to the Orioles with Schilling during his rookie season in 1988 for Mike Boddicker, Anderson was a mediocre center fielder who never hit more than 12 home runs in a season. In 1996, that all changed. Amazingly, a bulked-up and shredded, ahem, Anderson hit 50 HRs with 110 RBI that season. He never hit more than 24 HRs again.

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George Mason

The George Mason Patriots: In 2006, these Patriots, located in Virginia, defeated heavy-favorite UConn 86-84 in OT to reach the Final Four. They would lose to eventual national champion Florida in the national semifinal. Since then, UConn has won two national titles and George Mason hasn't made it out of the first round.

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James "Buster" Douglas - The history of boxing is littered with one-hit wonders, but none hit harder for one night than Douglas. His KO of Mike Tyson in Tokyo back in February of 1990 remains the single greatest upset in boxing history. It's hard to comprehend the impact of this fight 24 years later if you weren't around when it happened. Tyson was truly thought to be unbeatable before Douglas, a 42-1 underdog, floored him in the 10th round. There was a try by Don King to get the decision overturned on a "quick count," but that charge has been erased by history and the truth that Douglas was the better fighter on this night. The loss sent Tyson's career and life careening in a direction no one could have imagined.

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Mark Fidrych: Before Larry was the Bird of choice in Boston, Northboro, Mass., native Mark "The Bird" Fidrych went from being an unknown Detroit Tigers non-roster invitee to the All-Star Game in just five months back in 1976. His lanky, six-foot-three frame and wacky antics on the mound made him a fan and media favorite. He was 19-9 and led the AL with a 2.34 ERA while winning Rookie of the Year honors but injuries to his knee and rotator cuff halted his career. After 1976, he went 10-11 in just 27 games. He was killed in a tragic accident while working on a truck at his Northboro farm in 2009.

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The XFL: The spring football alternative to the NFL founded by WWE titan Vince McMahon in partnership with NBC had an incredible debut back in 2001. Fans loved its fast-paced style of play, its energetic cheerleaders and lots and lots of beer. Sagging TV ratings and lots of negativity toward the NFL eventually pushed NBC to ends the partnership, and thus the league, after just one season. Its lone champion was the Los Angeles Xtreme.

But its lasting memory is the name Rod Smart put on the back of his uniform:

Rod Smart #30

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Joe Charboneau: The 1980 A.L. Rookie of the Year was out of baseball by June of 1982 due to injuries. Best known for being able to open beer bottles with his eye sockets, he hit 23 HRs and batted .289 in his lone full season in the majors. Baseball has seen many Joe Charboneaus, Wayne Garlands and Clint Hurdles through the years.

Those names important to remember whenever you're told that someone like Jackie Bradley Jr. or Xander Bogaerts is the next big thing and/or savior of the franchise.

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Billy Rohr: On Opening Day in 1967 at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox rookie lefty got the start against Yankee veteran and future Hall of Famer Whitey Ford. (Never to be confused with Whitey Bulger). Rohr held the Yankees hitless heading into the ninth with a 3-0 lead. Tom Tresh led off the inning for New York and drilled a high-liner to left that was caught by a leaping Carl Yastrzemski (see above clip).

Ken Coleman's call remains one for the ages.

With two gone in the ninth, Elston Howard, who would later be traded to the Red Sox in Boston's "Impossible Dream" season, broke up Rohr's no-hitter with a single to center. A week later, Rohr picked up his second, and final, win with the Red Sox. He was traded to Cleveland in 1968 but would never make another major-league start.

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Sam "Sweet Feet" Gordon: The then 9-year-old youth football quarterback from Utah owned YouTube back in the fall of 2012 after her highlight video went "Ice Bucket Challenge" viral. She eventually ended up in an NFL commercial and at the Super Bowl, briefly seated next to commissioner Roger Goodell.

Gordon's football career took a breather in 2013 to focus on soccer. She's back on the gridiron this summer and continues to make promotional appearances banking off her fame, complete with a sponsorship by Nike. It's all here on her Facebook page.

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Who's next on this list?

It could be anyone.

Sports Illustrated cover subjects often find themselves on these lists.

Mo'ne Davis, a five-foot-four, 111-pound eighth grader from Philadelphia, pitches again Wednesday night in the Little League World Series. Of course, she says her best sport is basketball. Everyone is rooting for the 13-year-old fireballer, except for the players and parents from Mountain Ridge in Las Vegas. Bryce Harper's former team has scored 25 runs on 25 hits in two mercy-rule victories thus far.

Best of luck, Mo'ne.

And keep enjoying the moment, no matter what happens.

Remember, as General George S. Patton (aka George C. Scott) once said in a movie made about 30 years before you were born: "All glory is fleeting."


The OBF column is written by award-winning journalist and Bay State native Bill Speros. Hit up Bill on his Obnoxious Boston Fan Facebook page, on Twitter @realOBF or at his
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