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.
Cincinnati Reds player Adam Dunn once hit a home run from Ohio to Kentucky. The ball left the stadium and bounced off of the street onto a piece of driftwood in the Ohio River, stopping in Kentucky.
The first sports bra was made in 1977 by sewing two jock straps together. Its literal test run was performed by of its two inventors: one jogging forwards wearing the Macgyvered prototype while her friend ran ahead, jogging backwards so she could assess her friend’s “bounciness”.
Soccer was a popular and successful sport in the US up until the 1930s. However a series of disputes between rival leagues and FIFA (called the Soccer Wars) , and the onset of the Great Depression led to a massive decline in the popularity of the sport.
In 1957, woman was struck by consecutive foul balls. First one broke her nose and the second broke her leg while being carried out on a stretcher.