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60 Photos That Capture A Different Side Of Sports History

Sports History | June 20, 2019

Written by Jacob Shelton

Any sports fan worth their salt will tell you that statistics and final scores are only half a story when it comes to our greatest pastimes. The most interesting pieces of trivia about our favorite games are the stories behind the stories, the myths and legends about our iconic heroes. Whether you like stories about pitchers throwing no-hitters with a head full of acid, or scams involving entire basketball teams, there’s something on here for you.

These photos showcase some of the most fascinating and vibrant moments in the history of sports. From baseball players that saved the day, to boxers who bit off more they can chew, if you love crazy sports stories you’re going to have a good time, now go long! 

Jim Rice Carrying A Boy To The Dugout After He Was Hit With A Foul Ball, 1982

source: reddit

At a 1982 Red Sox game, second baseman Dave Stapelton hit a foul ball that ripped into the stands, smashing into a four-year-old boy’s face. Jim Rice, the designated hitter for the Red Sox rushed from the dugout to grab the boy and brought him into the team’s clubhouse. From there, the boy was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital where doctors were able to relieve the swelling on his brain.

The boy survived thanks to Rice’s quick thinking and although he had to spend five days in the hospital he made a complete recovery - although he told Sports Illustrated in 2017 that he has no memory of that fateful day. 

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Jacob Shelton

Writer

Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.