Beginning in 1990, MTV held a charity softball game called Rock N’ Jock. Players included current MLB team members, MTV personalities, musicians, and actors. The event was expanded into Basketball in 1991 and Football in 1997.
Rock N’ Jock sports could compare more to an arcade-style sports game as opposed to deep simulation. For example, in Rock N’ Jock softball, if a ball is hit in a highlighted spot in the field, it’s an automatic 5-run score. Also, any balls hit to a large wooden glove would be a long out. In 1994, a Magic 8 softball could be used a number of times within the game to have each run multiply to 8.
Starting in 1993’s Rock N’ Jock Basketball, the game had 10-point shots. And every last two minutes of each quarter would bring in the 25-point basket—hanging 25 feet from the floor. Oliver Miller was the first player in MTV’s Rock N’ Jock history to make the shot. His record was short-lived; immediately afterwards his game opponent Mark Jackson hit the 25-pointer and become the second record-holder.
Rock N’ Jock basketball wasn’t limited to just the game: there were also sketch comedy bits and comments from the players too. At the end of 1993’s Rock N’ Jock Basketball a hay fight between players, and also a few lucky spectators involved as well.
1994’s Rock N’ Jock softball featured Mike Piazza hitting a grand slam. However, he forgot to step on home plate in the end, rendering a 3-run homer with him getting the out.
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1993 Rock N’ Jock Roster
Dan Cortese (MTV Sports)
Steve Gorman (The Black Crows)
Mark Jackson (NBA, Clippers)
Dean Cain (Superman, Lois and Clark)
Rick Mahorn (NBA, Pistons, 1989 NBA Champion)
David Charvet (Baywatch)
Stephen Baldwin (Bio-Dome)
Clifford Robinson (NBA, Trail Blazers, Went to North Korea with Dennis Rodman)
Tiffany Amber-Thiessen (Saved By The Bell)
Ed Lover (MTV Personalty)
Bill Bellamy (MTV Personalty)
Micheal Rapaport (Actor, True Romance)
Vlade Divac (NBA, Lakers, Olympics)
Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog)
Kay Gee (Naughty By Nature)
Dan Marjerle (NBA, Suns, 3x All-Star)
Paul Johannson (Beverly Hills 90210, later on One Tree Hill)
Oliver Miller (NBA, USBL, First person to make a 25-pointer)
Flavor Flav (Public Enemy)
Kareem-Abdul Jabbar (NBA, Lakers, 6x NBA Champion, Airplane, Diff’rent Strokes)