Little league sports were originally organized to keep poor kids off the streets but the Depression caused leagues to close down so poor children from urban areas lost opportunities for competitive athletics. Fee-based groups filled the void but only upper class kids could afford them.
In 2008, high school football coach Kris Hogan got many of the fans of his team to cheer for and support the other team because the other team was from a maximum-security juvenile correctional facility and did not have fans of their own.
20,000 year-old fossilized human footprints were discovered in Australia which indicate the man who made them was running at the speed of a modern Olympic sprinter, barefoot, in sand.
When he was 26, Pete Maravich said “I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at age 40” in an interview. He went on to play 10 years in the NBA, and died of a heart attack at age 40.
At the age of 41, Jack LaLanne swam from Alcatraz to shore handcuffed. He repeated the feat at 60, this time towing a 1000 pound boat while shackled.
Lacrosse, as originally played by Native Americans, fielded teams from 100 to 1,000 men, with goals 500 yards to 6 miles apart, with games lasting several days, played sunup to sundown. These games tended to become huge mobs of players swarming the ball and slowly moving it across the field.
During New Zealand’s first rugby match vs England, an English player’s shorts got ripped off. The NZ players formed a circle so he could change. Another Englishman picked up the ball and scored. Later the English demanded an apology after NZ criticised the referee, which was “unsportsmanlike”.
Bobbi Gibb is the first woman to have run the entire Boston Marathon in 1966. At the time when women were banned from entering because of their gender,she entered the marathon wearing her brother’s Bermuda shorts and a hooded sweatshirt and finished the race unofficially.
When Romania made their ice hockey World Championship debut in 1931, they lost 0-15 to the US. Their captain approached the referee after the game and asked him to write a message on the official game sheet: ”Thank you for playing against us, we have learned a great deal from this game”.
In 1939, Major League pitcher, Bob Feller, tested the speed of his pitches by throwing them against a racing motorcycle before radar guns were invented.