NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, November 13, 2015, 10:13 AM
On Nov. 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife.
It led to the oddest pairing of roommates in TV history. So, on Odd Couple Day, we take a look back at some of sports’ most unlikely pairings.
Lou Gehrig came to the Yankees from the Ivy League while Babe Ruth was from the school of hard knocks.
— Lou Gehrig & Babe Ruth
Soft-spoken former Columbia student and loudmouth reform school alum team up to make Yankees a dynasty.
— Brian Piccolo & Gale Sayers
Fun-loving Italian and quiet African-American team up in Bears backfield in 60s before Piccolo’s tragic illness gives story a different turn.
— John Madden & Pat Summerall
Summerall’s straightforward announcing approach is matched with Madden’s loud rantings as they team up to become No.1 NFL announcing team.
The M&M Boys had one big thing in common: home runs. The pair’s chase of Babe Ruth’s home run record had Yankees fans squabbling over who they wanted to see break the Babe’s record: Roger Maris (l.) or Mickey Mantle.
— Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle
Quiet Maris and big-drinking Mantle chase Babe Ruth’s record in 1961.
— Mike Francesa & Chris Russo
An even-tempered know it all who has little use for his callers and a maniac with a microphone who loves the little guy.
A 7-foot-7 center and a 5-foot-4 point guard? Manute Bol and Muggsy Bogues cut striking figures on the fourt with Washington.
— Manute Bol & Muggsy Bogues
One was 7-foot-7, the other was 5-3. Made from great comedy when they were teammates with the Washington Bullets.
— Terry Collins & Sandy Alderson
Mets manager is an impassioned sort who wears his emotions on his sleeves, while GM is the studious type who could put anyone to sleep with long-winded answers.
— Vince Lombardi & Tom Landy
Two Giants assistant coaches, the loud no-nonsense Lombardi and the quiet, calculating Landry, go their own ways in the 60s, with Lombardi’s no-frills Packers quickly winning five championships in nine seasons and Landry’s Cowboys struggling to learn his complicated systems before hitting their stride later in the decade.
— Joe Gibbs & John Riggins
In 1981, straight-laced coach Joe Gibbs talks the retired beer-swigging, sometimes mohawked running back into returning to Washington. They go on to win a Super Bowl the next season.
— Morris Buttermaker & Amanda Wurlitzer
The Bad News Bears manager is a beer-chugging pool cleaner, his star pitcher is worried about designer jeans and boys.
Best frenemies: Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter spent 10 seasons together with the Yankees, a rocky reunion for the former friends.
— Derek Jeter & Alex Rodriguez
The Captain and The Diva spent 10 seasons alongside each other on the left side of the Yankees infield, and besides their megawatt star power, seemed to have nothing in common. Jeter played his entire career in New York as the consummate team player, anchoring a dynasty and managing to maintain a squeaky-clean image, while A-Rod had his eye-popping statistics (including an MVP season in the Bronx) stained by multiple steroid scandals and lies and was guilty of far too many look-at-me moments (kissing his reflection in the mirror, anyone?).
— Reggie Jackson & Billy Martin
Martin didn’t want Reggie from Day 1 (he wanted George Steinbrenner to sign Joe Rudi instead) but the two somehow got through public and private battles to win it all in 1977. The craziness got to be too much by the next July when Martin abrubtly quit before he was fired in a Kansas City hotel lobby.
— Matthew Perry & The Odd Couple franchise
Remakes are part of a grand tradition in TV and movies but couldn’t someone have stopped Perry from taking this one over? With Friends like this, who needs enemies?
— Charlie Finley & his Oakland A’s teams
The fact that the entire team hated each other and their owner didn’t stop the Moustache Gang from winning three straight World Series from 1972-74.
— Phil Jackson & Dennis Rodman
The Zen Master’s patience was tested by the rebounding wild child, but they were able to make it work, winning three titles with the Bulls in the late 1990s.