Athlete(s) involved: Curt Schilling, Doug Mirabelli
Curt Schilling's "Bloody Sock" game is an integral part of the folklore surrounding the Boston Red Sox' 2004 World Series title run. During a must-win Game 6 of the ALCS versus the New York Yankees, Schilling famously battled through an injured ankle to pitch seven solid innings while only giving up one run. Aside from his actual performance, though, cameras were also fixated on Schilling's right sock which, as the game progressed, became increasingly soaked with blood.
After Boston won the game, Schilling was automatically hailed as a hero for fighting through such a gruesome injury, but in the years following the event, some were less than sure about how real the whole thing was. In 2007, Baltimore Orioles play-by-play man, Gary Thorne, asserted that the red coloring on Schilling's sock had actually been paint, and that he had been told this by Schilling's former teammate, Doug Mirabelli. After the remarks were passed along, Mirabelli vehemently denied ever saying such a thing, and Thorne later admitted that he had misunderstood Mirabelli's initial statement. It's safe to say that this rumor is false, but we're also pretty sure that doesn't stop Yankees' fans from talking about it.