08/29/2012 09:34 am ET

David Tyree, Don Larsen Among Biggest One-Hit Wonders in Sports

In a realm where legends are loved and busts are torn to shreds, most athletes fall somewhere in the middle, etching careers defined by consistency. But once in awhile, we're presented with the type of player who hints at greatness and then disappears almost immediately.

Like Vanilla Ice in 1989, these dudes briefly dominated the billboards and then found themselves walking down streets unnoticed or ignored.

Yet, their short-lived stardom wasn't forgotten, their names carved into the walls of athletic achievement—though never quite finished.

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