lakers logoYes, Dan The Man is taking the easy way out. I’m running out of time, so instead of  blog post about a single topic, here is a random list of trivial facts. Two or three of these will be a part of the Wednesday, May 5 trivia show.

  • The Lakers are the only NBA team whose primary home jersey color isn’t white. It’s gold. However, since the 2002-03 season the team has worn white jerseys on Sunday and holiday home games.
  • Roger Clemens was the first pitcher in history to strike out 20 batters in a 9-inning major league game, and he’s the only pitcher to do it twice.
  • Seat belts became mandatory equipment on U.S. cars on March 1, 1968.
  • The first big league baseball was game televised Aug. 26, 1939. The Cincinnati Reds played the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbetts Field. Sanford’s Red Barber, the Dodger’s play-by-play announcer, called the game for the NBC television audience. 
  • Red Barber, who started in professional career in Cincinnati, was also behind the radio mike during the first ever night game when the Phillies played the Reds on May 24, 1935
  • The airport code for Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, is SUX.
  • President Gerald Ford played on two national championship football teams while attending the University of Michigan.
  • At the ripe old age of 81, Clara Peller once served as the commercial spokesperson for Wendy’s (She was the “Where’s the beef?” lady.)
  • It was Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” that caused Tom Cruise to dance around in his tighty whities in the movie “Risky Business.”
  • From 1982 to 1993, Paul Shaffer was the leader of the “World’s Most Dangerous Band.”
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