Sports creates heroes, and heroes become legends, and legends, by definition, can stray into the realm of mythology. Sometimes, though, that mythology just strains credulity.
What we’re saying is, many of the most famous stories in sports history are simply too incredible to believe. In honor of International Skeptics Day, which is Wednesday, we collected eight of the most dubious stories in sports.
From time-honored legends like Babe Ruth calling his shot to more recent examples of things that sound flat-out made up, here’s our list of sports stories we find — literally — unbelievable.
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