According to the Elias Sports Bureau, dating back to 1970, they are the only pair to be born in the same city and drafted No. 1 overall in any of the four major sports in the same year.
So as strange as it may have seemed Monday night to see Kane standing next to Oden, the hockey player barely coming up to the chest of the basketball player, there was good reason for it. Ever since Oden and Kane were drafted No. 1 overall, four days apart in June 2007, Patrick Kane Sr. had hoped to get the two together.
"He’s had this fetish for about two years where he wanted me to get a picture with Greg," said the Blackhawks’ leading scorer. "And I was always like, ‘Whatever, Dad. Why would Greg Oden take a picture with me?’ But over time the idea grew on me. It made sense. And tonight, it was pretty cool that it finally worked out."