The Most Embarrassing Records in Sports History

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Every sports fan knows about the most impressive records in history: Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game, Barry Bonds’ 762 home runs, or the 1972 Miami Dolphins winning all 17 of their games to become the NFL’s only undefeated Super Bowl champions. But there are other records, too, that are memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Record holders had particularly bad games or seasons — continually turning the ball over, making errors, or allowing their opponents to score with ease. Though the players on this list certainly performed poorly, it is not all their fault. In many cases, the athletes played for losing teams that struggled with a lack of talent. These are the worst teams in the history of every sport.

24/7 Wall St. used the Sports Reference family of sites to review historical performances from past NHL, NBA, NFL, and MLB players and teams to determine the most embarrassing records in sports history. Early competitor leagues to the four major U.S. sports leagues were not considered.

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