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BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Great Potato Play, 1987
On August 31, 1987, the double-A Williamsport Bills were playing the Reading Phillies. Rick Lundblade of the Phillies was on third base, waiting to run for home. The pitcher threw the ball low, into the glove of the catcher, Dave Bresnahan, who immediately threw it towards third hoping to pick off Lundblade. But the throw went wild, over the head of the third baseman, and Lundblade triumphantly sprinted towards home. But when he reached home he found Bresnahan waiting for him with a grin on his face and the ball in his hand.

The entire stadium erupted in confusion. If Bresnahan had thrown the ball out into left field, how was it possible that he now had it in his hand, waiting to tag Lundblade out? The answer was that he had not thrown a ball into left field. What he had thrown was actually a peeled potato.

Bresnahan holding the potato

The stunt immediately became known as the Great Potato Play. It cost Bresnahan his job with the Bills, but on the other hand, it also earned him an immortal place in baseball history.
Categories: Sports, 1977-1989
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