In the early 1900s, 6-day long bicycle races were quite popular. The winner would be whoever rode the greatest distance in the 6days. They would get extremely little sleep and hallucinate on the track.
Károly Takács, a right handed Hungarian shooter, severely injured his right (shooting) hand in a grenade explosion. He retrained himself with his left hand and went on to win 2 Olympic Golds 10 years later.
During the 1943 NFL season, both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers had lost so many players to military service during WW2, that they were forced to temporarily merge in to the Steagles.
In his midget season, 10 year old Wayne Gretzky tallied 378 goals and 139 assists in just 85 games. That is 4.4 goals, and 1.6 assists per game.
The ‘G’ on the Green Bay Packer’s helmets stands for “greatness,” not Green Bay.
Steven Bradbury won a gold medal in 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics in speed skating, because everyone in front of him crashed. 3 races in a row.
After tearing a ligament in his throwing arm during what would be his final game, Nolan Ryan threw one last pitch that was clocked at 98 mph.
167 people cashed in big on 175 to 1 odds that Luis Suarez would bite someone during the 2014 World Cup after a Norwegian betting site posted a joke bet.
In the 1986 NBA draft, Len Bias, the #2 pick by the Boston Celtics died of cocaine overdose 2 days after his draft night. He is considered by some sportswriters to be one of the greatest players not to play at the professional level.