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* Sena in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is picked up as a runningback for the Deimon Devil Bats after Hiruma sees his running and dodging skills as Sena runs from [[JapaneseDelinquents the Ha-Ha Brothers]].

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* Sena Eiichiro in ''Manga/BabySteps''. He very suddenly finds himself practicing tennis driven by a pushy mother, his own obsessive nature, and a crush on Natsu. Unique example in that he didn't have any apparent talents that made him fit for the sport, his own unique talents (his capacity for observation and his visual reaction speed) are discovered later on.
* When Bashin runs down a track one episode of ''Anime/BattleSpiritsShonenToppaBashin'' to try and catch a runaway Aibou, beating all his school’s runners, all the sports teams try to recruit him. Of course, he has no interest in joining any team.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has Taiki, who has joined many clubs in general, and in each of them he's able to pull them off like a pro.
* This is how Kasuka Heiwajima got his start as a TeenIdol in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' -- Originally, the talent scout was interested in recruiting his ([[HairTriggerTemper ludicrously volatile]] and [[SuperStrength super strong]]) brother, Shizuo. Kasuka saved the poor guy from the resulting beatdown and was scouted in Shizuo's place.
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** Sena
is picked up as a runningback for the Deimon Devil Bats after Hiruma sees his running and dodging skills as Sena runs from [[JapaneseDelinquents the Ha-Ha Brothers]].



** Also Karin, who apparently developed a gentle, yet powerful throwing technique just by practicing piano and drawing manga.

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** Also Karin, who apparently developed a gentle, yet powerful throwing technique just by practicing piano and drawing manga.



* Averted in ''Anime/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' where Fujiyoshi is asked to join a baseball team after hitting a home run, but says she's only there to do research for a manga.
** The school athletic clubs are also trying to drag her to join, because despite the OpaqueNerdGlasses, Harumi is a very competent athlete. She just has [[{{Doujinshi}} better]] [[YaoiFangirl things]] [[CovertPervert to do]].
* In one {{Filler}} episode of ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'', Ichigo's secondary abilities from being a {{Catgirl}}, such as jumping high and landing on her feet, get her dragged onto the gymnastics team. {{Fanservice}} ensues when the recruiter forces her into a leotard.
* In ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', Mugen is drafted into playing baseball against the {{Eagleland}} navy team after the Japanese organizer sees how fast he can run from the restaurant he failed to pay at, in addition to the fact that he can throw a baseball hard enough to knock down a wooden tower about a mile away.

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* Averted Hayato Kazami from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula''. The 14-year old is in ''Anime/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' where Fujiyoshi is asked to join a baseball team after hitting a home run, but says she's only there to do research favor for a manga.
** The school athletic clubs are also trying
motorbike, but when he's forced to drag her to join, because driving a car in professional-level races, he performs surprisingly, if desperately well despite the OpaqueNerdGlasses, Harumi is a very competent athlete. She just has [[{{Doujinshi}} better]] [[YaoiFangirl things]] [[CovertPervert to do]].
* In one {{Filler}} episode of ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'', Ichigo's secondary abilities from being a {{Catgirl}}, such as jumping high and landing on her feet, get her dragged onto the gymnastics team. {{Fanservice}} ensues when the recruiter forces her into a leotard.
* In ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', Mugen is drafted into playing baseball against the {{Eagleland}} navy team after the Japanese organizer sees how fast he can run from the restaurant he failed to pay at, in addition to the fact that he can throw a baseball hard enough to knock down a wooden tower about a mile away.
having no experience at all.



* In ''Manga/HarlemBeat'', Sakurai lined in a wrong queue, entered a streetball game and boom, he was hooked.
* Happens a lot in the ''Manga/InazumaEleven'' series. For example, surfer Tsunami shows that he has potential in soccer when the team accidentally kick a ball at him while he's surfing. He manages to defend himself, with powerful kick.
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/KatteniKaizo''. Chitan is actually a god of soccer, and had he pursued this talent he could have rocked the planet, but he's only interest in trains, and his potential is wasted.
* In the ''Manga/MyHeavenlyHockeyClub'' manga (which is a slightly more sadistic and straight-forward version of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''), Hana is recruited because she was struck by a car and survived... and is more or less invincible in her sleep.



* In the ''Manga/MyHeavenlyHockeyClub'' manga (which is a slightly more sadistic and straight-forward version of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''), Hana is recruited because she was struck by a car and survived... and is more or less invincible in her sleep.
* This is how Kasuka Heiwajima got his start as a TeenIdol in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' -- Originally, the talent scout was interested in recruiting his ([[HairTriggerTemper ludicrously volatile]] and [[SuperStrength super strong]]) brother, Shizuo. Kasuka saved the poor guy from the resulting beatdown and was scouted in Shizuo's place.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has Taiki, who has joined many clubs in general, and in each of them he's able to pull them off like a pro.

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* In ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', Mugen is drafted into playing baseball against the ''Manga/MyHeavenlyHockeyClub'' manga (which is a slightly more sadistic and straight-forward version of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''), Hana is recruited because she was struck by a car and survived... and is more or less invincible in her sleep.
* This is
{{Eagleland}} navy team after the Japanese organizer sees how Kasuka Heiwajima got his start as a TeenIdol in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' -- Originally, the talent scout was interested in recruiting his ([[HairTriggerTemper ludicrously volatile]] and [[SuperStrength super strong]]) brother, Shizuo. Kasuka saved the poor guy fast he can run from the resulting beatdown and was scouted restaurant he failed to pay at, in Shizuo's place.
addition to the fact that he can throw a baseball hard enough to knock down a wooden tower about a mile away.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has Taiki, who has joined many Averted in ''Anime/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' where Fujiyoshi is asked to join a baseball team after hitting a home run, but says she's only there to do research for a manga.
** The school athletic
clubs in general, and in each of them he's able are also trying to pull them off like drag her to join, because despite the OpaqueNerdGlasses, Harumi is a pro.very competent athlete. She just has [[{{Doujinshi}} better]] [[YaoiFangirl things]] [[CovertPervert to do]].



* Played for laughs in ''Manga/KatteniKaizo''. Chitan is actually a god of soccer, and had he pursued this talent he could have rocked the planet, but he's only interest in trains, and his potential is wasted.
* Eiichiro in ''Manga/BabySteps''. He very suddenly finds himself practicing tennis driven by a pushy mother, his own obsessive nature, and a crush on Natsu. Unique example in that he didn't have any apparent talents that made him fit for the sport, his own unique talents (his capacity for observation and his visual reaction speed) are discovered later on.
* When Bashin runs down a track one episode of ''Anime/BattleSpiritsShonenToppaBashin'' to try and catch a runaway Aibou, beating all his school’s runners, all the sports teams try to recruit him. Of course, he has no interest in joining any team.
* In ''Manga/HarlemBeat'', Sakurai lined in a wrong queue, entered a streetball game and boom, he was hooked.

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* Played for laughs in ''Manga/KatteniKaizo''. Chitan is actually a god of soccer, and had he pursued this talent he could have rocked the planet, but he's only interest in trains, and his potential is wasted.
* Eiichiro in ''Manga/BabySteps''. He very suddenly finds himself practicing tennis driven by a pushy mother, his own obsessive nature, and a crush on Natsu. Unique example in that he didn't have any apparent talents that made him fit for the sport, his own unique talents (his capacity for observation and his visual reaction speed) are discovered later on.
* When Bashin runs down a track
In one {{Filler}} episode of ''Anime/BattleSpiritsShonenToppaBashin'' to try ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'', Ichigo's secondary abilities from being a {{Catgirl}}, such as jumping high and catch a runaway Aibou, beating all his school’s runners, all landing on her feet, get her dragged onto the sports teams try to recruit him. Of course, he has no interest in joining any team.
* In ''Manga/HarlemBeat'', Sakurai lined in
gymnastics team. {{Fanservice}} ensues when the recruiter forces her into a wrong queue, entered a streetball game and boom, he was hooked.leotard.



* Happens a lot in the ''Manga/InazumaEleven'' series. For example, surfer Tsunami shows that he has potential in soccer when the team accidentally kick a ball at him while he's surfing. He manages to defend himself, with powerful kick.
* Hayato Kazami from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula''. The 14-year old is in a favor for a motorbike, but when he's forced to driving a car in professional-level races, he performs surprisingly, if desperately well despite having no experience at all.



* Happens on a regular basis to Candace on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' showing a remarkable athletic prowess of the girl.

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* Happens on a regular basis to Candace on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' showing a remarkable athletic prowess of the girl. A good example in "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama" where she perform impressive stunts to preserve the DVD that contains all the proof she will ever need for all of P&F's projects. We even have a kid asking her for an autograph after all of that.
13th Nov '16 6:54:27 AM rafi
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron Stoppable cheats his way into the quarterback position on the school football team, only to discover his 'mad running away skills' make him a natural running back after his deception is exposed.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron Stoppable cheats ''[[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie An Extremely Goofy Movie]]'', the antagonists place Goofy on their skateboard team after they notice his way into expert ability to compensate for his own clumsiness, placing him against his own son Max in a skateboarding championship. Naturally, Max isn't concerned as he notes himself that his dad is the quarterback position on most athletically challenged person in the universe before Goofy quickly proceeds to be ''really really'' good (though he had a bit of help) and to the stunned amazement of pretty much everyone there instantly becomes a school football team, only to discover his 'mad running away skills' make him a natural running hero.
** Max's comment is extra funny when one remembers that most of [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Goofy's solo cartoons]] from
back after his deception is exposed.in the day revolved around Goofy's ineptitude at sports.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In the episode where Bart and Lisa compete in hockey, her talent as goalkeeper is discovered when Apu sees her block all the paper balls that Bart throws at her while taunting her.
** In another episode, Bart is assigned a ballet class and then discovers he is a natural dancer while trying to remove his leotard.
** Lisa discovers a natural talent for gymnastics because of her big head.
** In the most implausible example yet, Homer is discovered to have the toughness necessary to succeed as a professional boxer when he blithely takes a beating from three other fathers who are angry that Bart ratted on their boys.
** Homer also makes for a great opera singer while he's horizontal. Also a great painter. Both on the same episode.
** Lisa discovers in one episode she has a natural talent for ballet when she gets angry at the instructor, who notices her never-before-mentioned "lecturing stance".
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' has Sam Dullard becoming a goalie this way as well. He and Reggie are having a casual conversation while Otto and the gang play street hockey. A wayward slapshot speeds in Sam's direction, and Otto, horrified at what will be an inevitably ugly collision, shouts "LOOK OUT, SAM!" Sam lifts his left hand and coolly deflects the puck WITHOUT EVER TAKING HIS EYES OFF REGGIE. Needless to say, the opportunistic Otto recruits Sam to play goalie for their team, which just happened to be a position they needed filled.
* As did Mikey in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In
''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Sports a Poppin", has Dexter's dad trying to teach Dexter to be more athletic. While Dexter fails at traditional sports he demonstrates great athleticism at the end of the episode where Bart and Lisa compete in hockey, her talent as goalkeeper is discovered when Apu sees her block all the paper balls that Bart throws at her while taunting her.
** In another episode, Bart is assigned
fighting a ballet class and then discovers he is a natural dancer while trying to remove giant monster outside his leotard.
** Lisa discovers a natural talent for gymnastics because
Dad's field of her big head.
**
view.
*
In the most implausible example yet, Homer is discovered to have the toughness necessary to succeed as a professional boxer when he blithely takes a beating from three other fathers who are angry that Bart ratted on their boys.
** Homer also makes for a great opera singer while he's horizontal. Also a great painter. Both on the same episode.
** Lisa discovers in one
an episode she has a natural talent for ballet when she gets angry at the instructor, who notices her never-before-mentioned "lecturing stance".
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' has Sam Dullard becoming a goalie this way as well. He and Reggie are having a casual conversation
of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' while Otto fooling around he accidentally kicks a football over the fieldgoal along with his shoe and the gang play street hockey. A wayward slapshot speeds in Sam's direction, and Otto, horrified at what will be an inevitably ugly collision, shouts "LOOK OUT, SAM!" Sam lifts his left hand and coolly deflects the puck WITHOUT EVER TAKING HIS EYES OFF REGGIE. Needless to say, the opportunistic Otto recruits Sam to play goalie is recruited for their team, which just happened to be a position they needed filled.
* As did Mikey
in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.the school football team. Unfortunately, he ''[[BeginnersLuck can't do the kick a second time]]'', but turned out to be really good at football strategy.



* In ''[[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie An Extremely Goofy Movie]]'', the antagonists place Goofy on their skateboard team after they notice his expert ability to compensate for his own clumsiness, placing him against his own son Max in a skateboarding championship. Naturally, Max isn't concerned as he notes himself that his dad is the most athletically challenged person in the universe before Goofy quickly proceeds to be ''really really'' good (though he had a bit of help) and to the stunned amazement of pretty much everyone there instantly becomes a school hero.
** Max's comment is extra funny when one remembers that most of [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Goofy's solo cartoons]] from back in the day revolved around Goofy's ineptitude at sports.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' while fooling around he accidentally kicks a football over the fieldgoal along with his shoe and is recruited for a position in the school football team. Unfortunately, he ''[[BeginnersLuck can't do the kick a second time]]'', but turned out to be really good at football strategy.
* Happens on a regular basis to Candace on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.



* In ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Wossamotta U'' story arc, football scouts saw Bullwinkle's throwing ability and give them both college football scholarships to help winning the games.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Wossamotta U'' story arc, ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron Stoppable cheats his way into the quarterback position on the school football scouts saw Bullwinkle's throwing ability and give them both college football scholarships team, only to help winning the games.discover his 'mad running away skills' make him a natural running back after his deception is exposed.



* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Sports a Poppin", has Dexter's dad trying to teach Dexter to be more athletic. While Dexter fails at traditional sports he demonstrates great athleticism at the end of the episode when fighting a giant monster outside his Dad's field of view.



* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'''s Shaggy twice: In "The Spirited Spooked Sports Show" (1973 episode) and "Spooky Games" (2012 special), he becomes an athletic runner who runs fastest when he's scared.

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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'''s Shaggy twice: In "The Spirited Spooked Sports Show" (1973 episode) and "Spooky Games" (2012 special), he becomes an Happens on a regular basis to Candace on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' showing a remarkable athletic runner who runs fastest when he's scared.prowess of the girl.


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%%* Mikey in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' has Sam Dullard becoming a goalie this way as well. He and Reggie are having a casual conversation while Otto and the gang play street hockey. A wayward slapshot speeds in Sam's direction, and Otto, horrified at what will be an inevitably ugly collision, shouts "LOOK OUT, SAM!" Sam lifts his left hand and coolly deflects the puck WITHOUT EVER TAKING HIS EYES OFF REGGIE. Needless to say, the opportunistic Otto recruits Sam to play goalie for their team, which just happened to be a position they needed filled.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Wossamotta U'' story arc, football scouts saw Bullwinkle's throwing ability and give them both college football scholarships to help winning the games.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'''s Shaggy twice: In "The Spirited Spooked Sports Show" (1973 episode) and "Spooky Games" (2012 special), he becomes an athletic runner who runs fastest when he's scared.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In the episode where Bart and Lisa compete in hockey, her talent as goalkeeper is discovered when Apu sees her block all the paper balls that Bart throws at her while taunting her.
** In another episode, Bart is assigned a ballet class and then discovers he is a natural dancer while trying to remove his leotard.
** Lisa discovers a natural talent for gymnastics because of her big head.
** In the most implausible example yet, Homer is discovered to have the toughness necessary to succeed as a professional boxer when he blithely takes a beating from three other fathers who are angry that Bart ratted on their boys.
** Homer also makes for a great opera singer while he's horizontal. Also a great painter. Both on the same episode.
** Lisa discovers in one episode she has a natural talent for ballet when she gets angry at the instructor, who notices her never-before-mentioned "lecturing stance".
13th Nov '16 6:39:44 AM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode where Bart and Lisa compete in hockey, her talent as goalkeeper is discovered when Apu sees her block all the paper balls that Bart throws at her while taunting her.
** In another episode, Bart discovers he is a natural ballet dancer while trying to remove his leotard.
** Lisa also discovers a natural talent for gymnastics because of her big head.
** And then, in the most implausible example yet, Homer is discovered to have the toughness necessary to succeed as a professional boxer when he blithely takes a beating from three other fathers who are angry that Bart ratted on their boys. Hell, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' seems to fall back on this trope often.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
**
In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' the episode where Bart and Lisa compete in hockey, her talent as goalkeeper is discovered when Apu sees her block all the paper balls that Bart throws at her while taunting her.
** In another episode, Bart is assigned a ballet class and then discovers he is a natural ballet dancer while trying to remove his leotard.
** Lisa also discovers a natural talent for gymnastics because of her big head.
** And then, in In the most implausible example yet, Homer is discovered to have the toughness necessary to succeed as a professional boxer when he blithely takes a beating from three other fathers who are angry that Bart ratted on their boys. Hell, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' seems to fall back on this trope often.
13th Nov '16 6:38:14 AM thatother1dude
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* In 2008 The Greece (NY) Athena HighSchool basketball team realized that Jason [=McElwain=], their autistic long-time team manager, was about to graduate. So they decided to say 'thank you' at the last home game by letting him play after they were safely ahead during the fourth quarter. He promptly scored 20 points, and they were left wishing they'd put him in a lot earlier.
** That means the opposing team would have actually tried to defend him instead of simply letting him shoot uncontested.
21st Jun '16 11:50:11 PM foxley
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* In ''WesternAnimation/Futurama'', Bender accidentally takes down the legendary wrestling robot The Masked Unit. He is subsequently recruited into robot wrestling.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/Futurama'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender accidentally takes down the legendary wrestling robot The Masked Unit. He is subsequently recruited into robot wrestling.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/Futurama'', Bender accidentally takes down the legendary wrestling robot The Masked Unit. He is subsequently recruited into robot wrestling.
7th Jun '16 8:56:25 PM ultimomant
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* Clark Kent in one early ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' episode.

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* ''{{Series/Smallville}}'': In "Hothead", a bullying football team member throws a football at Chloe's head. Clark Kent in one early ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' episode.[[CatchAndReturn catches it and throws it back]] hard enough to floor the bully. The coach lets Clark on the team after this.



* In ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'', the titular character is recruited by the basketball coach who sees Chris shooting a wad of a paper into a trash can. Alongside the fact that Chris [[NationalStereotype must be able to play basketball]], he has Chris join the team. Subverted when Chris fails horribly at the sport.

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* In ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'', the titular character is recruited by the basketball coach who sees Chris shooting a wad of a paper into a trash can. Alongside the fact that Chris [[NationalStereotype [[NationalStereotypes must be able to play basketball]], he has Chris join the team. Subverted when Chris fails horribly at the sport.
25th May '16 9:10:30 PM Doug86
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* In the {{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''Casey Bats Again'' (a sequel to ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat''), Casey discovers his daughters form a natural girls' baseball team as they practice their skills while doing the dishes.

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* In the {{Classic WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''Casey Bats Again'' (a sequel to ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat''), Casey discovers his daughters form a natural girls' baseball team as they practice their skills while doing the dishes.
25th May '16 6:38:23 PM Someoneman
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* Jim Thorpe, winner of several Olympic Gold medals, got a spot on his school's track team when he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome beat the high jumpers while wearing street clothes]].
* In 2008 The Greece (NY) Athena HighSchool basketball team realized that Jason [=McElwain=], their autistic long-time team manager, was about to graduate. So they decided to say 'thank you' at the last home game by letting him play after they were safely ahead during the fourth quarter. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He promptly scored 20 points]], and they were left wishing they'd put him in a lot earlier.

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* Jim Thorpe, winner of several Olympic Gold medals, got a spot on his school's track team when he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome beat the high jumpers while wearing street clothes]].
clothes.
* In 2008 The Greece (NY) Athena HighSchool basketball team realized that Jason [=McElwain=], their autistic long-time team manager, was about to graduate. So they decided to say 'thank you' at the last home game by letting him play after they were safely ahead during the fourth quarter. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He promptly scored 20 points]], points, and they were left wishing they'd put him in a lot earlier.
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* In the {{ClassicDisneyShort|s}} ''Casey Bats Again'' (a sequel to ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat''), Casey discovers his daughters form a natural girls' baseball team as they practice their skills while doing the dishes.

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* In the {{ClassicDisneyShort|s}} {{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''Casey Bats Again'' (a sequel to ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat''), Casey discovers his daughters form a natural girls' baseball team as they practice their skills while doing the dishes.
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