The Most Dubious Records in Sports

Most points scored? More rebounds than anybody? That’s fine, but who got hit by a pitch the most?

Brett Favre

Brett Favre is a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, and he’s second on the all-time list in touchdown passes. But perhaps because he played a relatively long time—19 seasons in all—Favre also was intercepted more than any quarterback in NFL history. He threw 336 interceptions, far ahead the guy in second place, George Blanda, who had 277.

Brett Favre, again!

Favre holds another unfortunate football record. No NFL quarterback has ever been sacked as many times as he was: 525 times in all.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

In his 20-year NBA career, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played very close defense, and he paid for it. He was called for an NBA record 4,657 personal fouls against other players.

Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace was one of the most aggressive and emotionally driven players in NBA history. It follows that he’s the undisputed king of the technical foul, which are doled out by referees only as needed when a player gets especially temperamental or rough. Wallace got called for a “T” 317 times in his career. In the 2000-2001 season, he was cited for 41 technical fouls, which is the single-season record.

Hughie Jennings

Poor Hughie Jennings. He must have had some kind of baseball magnet in his system…or pitchers really didn’t like him. Jennings, who played for several teams in the 1890s and early 20th century, was hit by a pitch a record 287 times.

Alex Cora

Hitting a Major League pitcher’s fastball or curveball is tough—hitting it just the right way into fair territory is even tougher, because any place else is a foul ball. In May 2004, after accumulating a count of two balls and one strike, Alex Cora hit 14 straight foul balls off pitcher Matt Clement. (Finally, on the 18th pitch, Cora connected for a home run.)

Jamie Moyer

Jamie Moyer was an intimidating pitcher, striking out more than 2,400 batters over a long career. But he must not have been that intimidating to hitters, because he holds the record for most home runs allowed, with 522.