Major League Baseball pitcher Ed Porray is the only player in league history to not be born in a country. He was born on a fishing boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on December 5th, 1888. His birth certificate lists “At sea, on the Atlantic Ocean” as his birthplace.
The Space-out Competition is an annual event held in South Korea where contestants must stare off into space without doing anything or falling asleep. Who wins is based on audience votes and on who has the most stable pulse. The contest lasts 90 minutes.
Boris Mikhailov, captain of the USSR hockey team, was offered a $1 million contract to leave Russia in 1980 after the Miracle on Ice. However, he declined as the KGB was standing next to him when the offer was made.
The black strips below the eyes of NFL players was first used by baseball legend Babe Ruth in an attempt to reduce sun glare. Although studies have not conclusively proven its effectiveness. Wearing “eye black” now is more like modern war paint.
In 1990, high school senior Lisa Leslie scored 101 points in the first half of a basketball game, an average of more than 6 points a minute. She wanted to break the record of 105 points in a game, but couldn’t because the other team refused to come back after half time.
From 1912 to 1952, the Olympics also awarded official medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music. Every work of art had to be somehow inspired by the concept of sport. A total of 151 medals were given during these four decades.
The Paralympic Games were founded by Sir Ludwig Guttmann, A Jewish Neurosurgeon who fled Nazi Germany in 1939 – Sir Ludwig challenged people’s perception of what disability actually is as you focus on the abilities of the athletes competing.
The first woman to win Olympic gold in the 100m, was wrongly thought to be dead dead in a plane crash. After the undertaker declared her alive, she spent a few days in and out of consciousness and was told she would never compete or walk unaided again. She went on to win another gold medal.
It has been 32 years since a left-handed catcher played in a Major League Baseball game. His name was Benny Distefano and he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1989.
For a period in the 19th century, walking competitions that lasted for days was a big money spectator sport.