Dubious Sports Records Held by Superstars

Though we often romanticize and idolize our legends of sport, they—perhaps better than anyone—teach us that with true greatness comes frequent failure.

Simply put, in the wide world of sports, some of the most iconic names sit beside the least flattering of records.

For example, in his quest to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kobe Bryant has simultaneously become its all-time errant shooter.

In the same vein, Nolan Ryan threw everything he had at opposing hitters, and as a result, he struck out and walked more batters than any other pitcher.

And in hockey, Martin Brodeur holds the record for regular-season shutouts, but in 21 seasons of action, he has also given up more goals than any goalie ever (2,757).

In honor, then, of these guys and others, we’ve compiled a list of 10 dubious sports records that are surprisingly held by superstars.

And although some of the record holders are a bit more unexpected than others, they all echo a similar sentiment: It takes a little risk, and a few stubbed toes, to be the very best.

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