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How Well Do You Know the Four Major U.S. Sports?
By: Michael Moraitis
6 Min Quiz
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Just how big of a sports fanatic are you? Do you know the history of each of the four major U.S. sports, or are you just a casual fan? Find out where you stack up with this ultimate sports fanatic quiz!
Which MLB player has the most career home runs in league history?
Bonds broke Hank Aaron's record of 755 career home runs back in 2007 when he hit his 756th career bomb. Bonds ended up finishing with 762 career homers, although his record is considered tainted thanks to his connection to performance-enhancing drugs.
Which NHL legend holds the record for most career goals in league history?
Gretzky passed Gordie Howe for first all-time in career goals scored when he netted his 802nd career goal. Gretzky finished his career with 894 goals.
Which MLB franchise has the most World Series titles in league history?
The Yankees have won 27 World series titles. The team's last World Series title came back in 2009.
Which MLB franchise has the second-most World Series titles, behind the New York Yankees' 27 championships?
The Cardinals have 11 World Series titles in their history, a full 16 behind the Yankees. Regardless, the Cardinals are seen as a model franchise, year in and year out.
Which NBA legend scored more points during his career than any other player?
Abdul-Jabbar finished with 38,387 career points, which is over 1,400 points more than the next best total, belonging to Karl Malone. His name was originally Lew Alcindor before making a name change.
Which NBA legend holds the record for the most points scored in a single game?
Chamberlain's 100 points in a single game is unmatched in NBA history. In total, Chamberlain scored an astounding 70 points or more in a game six times. Kobe Bryant has the second-most points scored in a single game, with 81.
Which NFL franchise has won more Super Bowls in league history than any other team?
The Steelers have totaled six Super Bowl wins during the franchise's illustrious history. The Cowboys, Patriots and 49ers all have five.
Who holds the NHL record for the most goals scored in a single season?
Gretzky's 92 goals with the Edmonton Oilers during the 1981-82 season will be almost impossible to surpass in this day and age. In all, Gretzky scored 71 goals or more in four seasons, including 87 during the 1983-84 season.
Which NFL legend holds the record for most passing yards in league history?
Manning threw for 71,940 yards throughout his career. Favre was the record holder, before Manning passed him.
Which running back holds the league record for most rushing yards in NFL history?
Smith spent the majority of his career with the Dallas Cowboys and notched 1,000 yards or more on the ground in 11 straight seasons. He moved on to play for the Cardinals in his final two seasons.
Which NFL legend holds the record for most total yards gained in league history?
Rice gained 23,546 all-purpose yards during his Hall of Fame career. Little-known Brian Mitchell gained 23,330 yards during his career, putting him in second place all-time.
Which NHL franchise has won the most Stanley Cups in league history?
The Canadiens have won 24 Stanley Cups in team history. The next closes team is the Maple Leafs, with 13.
Which NHL franchise won four consecutive Stanley Cups, from 1980 to 1983?
On top of the franchise's four-straight Stanley Cups, the Islanders also won a record 19 consecutive playoff series.
Which MLB franchise is the only team in league history to overcome a 3-0 playoff deficit to win a series?
The Red Sox overcame the 3-0 deficit in the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees. The Red Sox went on to win the World Series that year, the franchise's first since 1918.
Which MLB legend was the last player to hit over .400 in a season?
Williams hit .406 in 1941 and is the last player to accomplish such a feat. Williams is one of 35 players to hit .400 or better in a season, but the other 34 player all did it before Williams.
Who is the only pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game in the World Series?
Of the 23 perfect games in MLB history, as of 2017, only Larsen's occurred in the World Series. Larsen accomplished the incredible feat in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Which NBA franchise has won the most championships in league history?
The Celtics have totaled 17 NBA Finals victories, just one more than the Lakers. The Celtics last won the NBA Finals in 2008, beating the Lakers in six games.
Which NBA draft bust was picked No. 2 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1984 and was taken ahead of Michael Jordan?
After drafting Clyde Drexler in the 1983 NBA Draft, the Blazers didn't feel the need to draft another shooting guard like Jordan. The move turned out to be one of the worst NBA Draft blunders in league history as Jordan is considered the greatest player of all time in many circles.
The Detroit Pistons drafted which player No. 2 overall in the 2003 NBA draft, ahead of players like Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh?
Milicic is considered one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history. He would spend just over two seasons with the Pistons before being traded.
Which MLB player holds the record for most home runs in a single season by a rookie?
Judge surpassed McGwire's original record of 49 home runs by a rookie after blasting 52 during the 2017 season.
Which legend has the most NBA Finals victories of any player in league history?
Russell won an astounding 11 championships in 13 seasons with the Celtics. Boston's dominance from 1957 to 1969 is unlike anything we've ever seen in league history.
Which NBA legend took off from the free-throw line in the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest, completing one of the most iconic dunks in NBA history?
The 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest was a legendary battle between Jordan and Wilkins, with Jordan coming out on top. It is often considered the greatest dunk contest in league history.
Which man holds the NHL record for most goals scored by a rookie in a single season, with 76?
Selanne's 76 goals scored in his rookie season set the all-time mark. It's a record that many NHL experts believe will never be broken.
Which college did NBA superstar LeBron James play for?
Despite being courted by several college programs, James never went to college and instead made a successful jump from high school to the NBA.
The O.J. Simpson car chase interrupted what major sports championship game in 1994?
On June 17, 1994, NBA fans simultaneously watched the O.J. Simpson car chase and Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals between the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks. Former Rockets guard Kenny Smith even admitted he and his teammates were talking about the car chase during the important game.
Which NFL team was the beneficiary of the "Music City Miracle," which took place during the 1999-2000 NFL season?
Frank Wycheck's lateral pass to Kevin Dyson led to a 75-yard kickoff return for touchdown against the Bills that won the Titans the AFC Divisional game on the final play of the contest.
Which NHL legend took the ice for one shift for the IHL's Detroit Vipers during the 1997-98 season, at the age of 69?
Thanks to his playing the single shift in 1997-98, Howe's career officially spanned across six decades, which is a feat that will never be matched.
Which NHL coach holds the record for most Stanley Cups won, with nine?
Bowman won Stanley Cups with the Canadiens (5), the Penguins (1), and the Red Wings (3). He is the only head coach in NHL history to win with three different teams.
Which Hall of Fame running back holds the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single season for a rookie?
Dickerson's 1,808 rushing yards in 1983 is the all-time NFL record amongst rookie running backs. The 1983 season was also the first in which two first-year running backs led each conference in rushing yards.
In 2017, NFL owners approved which franchise's plan to move to Las Vegas?
The Raiders are expected to make the move to Las Vegas by 2019 at the earliest, and 2020 at the latest.
Which NFL Draft bust was taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 draft by the San Diego Chargers?
There was plenty of hype surrounding Leaf when he came out of college, but he proved to be a major bust. After going to prison for drug and burglary charges in 2013, Leaf has turned his life around and travels the country telling others of his story.
Which former Red Sox first baseman made a crucial error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Mets?
Buckner's error made him the most hated man in Boston for several years. Thankfully, after the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, Buckner was forgiven by fans.
What NHL franchise won a record five Stanley Cups in a row, from 1956-60?
After the team's incredible run during the '50s, the Canadiens went on to win 10 more Stanley Cups from 1965 to 1979, including four straight from 1976 to 1979.
Which wide receiver made one of the most memorable catches in NFL history during Super Bowl XLII between the Giants and Patriots?
While Tyree's catch gets the vast majority of the attention in the legendary play, it would not have happened if Eli Manning did not fight his way out of what looked like a sure sack at the hands of the Patriots' defense.
Which legendary NBA coach has the most NBA Finals wins in league history?
Jackson won 11 NBA titles during his career, including six with the Bulls and five with the Lakers. Former Celtics coach Red Auerbach comes in second with nine.
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