Comic Book Legends Revealed #620

Welcome to the six hundred and twentieth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Was Gambit Originally a Clone of Cyclops?

What’s With the Giant Eye in G.I. Joe?

Did Woody Allen Really Have His Own Comic Strip?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #619

Welcome to the six hundred and nineteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Iceman’s X-Men Action Figure Misadventure

Did Superman Almost Get a New ‘S’?

Was Night Force a Challengers of the Unknown Reboot at First?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #618

Welcome to the six hundred and eighteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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How Did Faceless Joker Come About?

What Was Behind Caliban Showing up in X-Men?

What Are DC Comics ‘Video Comics’?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #617

Welcome to the six hundred and seventeenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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How a Shaved Simonson Gave Us Mohawk Storm!

Did Byrne Get Fantastic Four After Leaving X-Men?

Who is the Clown & Why Did He Steal the Joker’s Origin?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #616

Welcome to the six hundred and sixteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Were These X-Men Characters Created to NEVER be Toys?

Did Superman Almost Have a Son on Apokolips?

What Comic Did Ray Bradbury Nearly Adapt to Film?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #615

Welcome to the six hundred and fifteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Was Legion Going to be a Member of X-Factor?

Was Jean Grey Going to Have Telepathy in X-Factor?

Was Wolfsbane Going to be in Heat?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #614

Welcome to the six hundred and fouteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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How Iron Fist Gave Us Venom

How Was Warlock’s First Appearance Re-Written?

Is This Suggestive Wolverine Toy For Real?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #613

Welcome to the six hundred and thirteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Did Rogue Nearly Die in Morrison’s New X-Men?

Did We Nearly Get Kamandi Instead of Batman: TAS?

A Surprising Superman TV News Reference

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #612

Welcome to the six hundred and twelfth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Was Iron Man Originally Going to be Addicted to Cocaine?

Hellboy’s Surprising Origins

Was There Nearly a Kamandi TV Series?

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Was The Don Mattingly Sideburns Plot on The Simpsons NOT a Real Life Reference?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: Don Mattingly’s sideburns plot on The Simpsons was not actually a reference to a real life incident that happened with the Yankees benching Mattingly over the length of his hair.

In August of 1991, Yankee star first baseman Don Mattingly famously sat a game due to a controversy involving the length of his hair. The Yankees had rather draconian rules in place for how long players’s hair could be, and manager Stump Merrill came to four Yankees and told them they had to cut their hair or they would be benched for a game on August 15. Catcher Matt Nokes did so and so he played. Mattingly refused, and instead sat that game.

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He then played the next game with his long hair still on (and received a standing ovation from the fans at Yankee Stadium). He then cut his hair the next day and actually auctioned off the clippings for charity. Mattingly’s main concern was the time frame that they gave him. He later recalled:

“My biggest issue that day was ‘If you don’t get your haircut today, you don’t play,’ and I was at the ballpark. Well, don’t tell me two days ago. If you tell me today, ‘If you don’t have it cut by tomorrow, you won’t play,’ I would have got it cut.”

The next year, Mattingly was one of a group of star baseball players who appeared in a third season episode of “The Simpsons” called “Homer at the Bat,” where Mister Burns brings in a group of professional ringers once the plant’s softball team makes the playoffs. One by one, the players come down with various maladies that leave them off the team (all except the one player who played Homer Simpson’s position, Darryl Strawberry). I just wrote a TV Legend today about how one of the players was not happy about the story that they wrote for him, so the writers changed it.

For Mattingly, he was kicked off of the team after Mister Burns insisted that he cut down his sideburns, even after Mattingly shaved the side of his head, Burns still saw them there.

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It’s a funny bit and it appeared a clear cut reference to the incident back in 1991. However, that shockingly is somehow not the case!

Jon Vitti, the producer of the episode, explained to the Associated Press back in 1992, “That script was written and ready to record in July [of 1991]. It was pure coincidence. When those things happened, the first thing we thought was, `Hey, this is great,`Then we thought, `No, it isn`t great. No one is going to believe those things were written before they happened.`”

Mattingly also told Jim Caple, “The weird thing is, everyone thought they wrote it in later but they didn’t.”

I mean, the Yankees’ long hair policy WAS in existence before the famous incident, but it still seems so hard to believe. But since Mattingly really has no reason to lie about it, I’m willing to go with the legend as…

STATUS: True

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