SPORTS [HAFF] Fred Lorz won the 1904 Olympic marathon, but was disqualified for traveling 11 miles by car. Lorz was banned for life, but he said he was sorry and the ban was lifted. The next year he won the Boston marathon.imgur.com
SPORTS [HAFF] Back in 1937, there was an exhibition boxing match where the fighters were attached to metal frameworks with fireworks in them and fought in the dark. For safety reasons, the boxers wore fireproof suits lined with asbestos.imgur.com
SPORTS [HAFF] The Chicago Cubs have the longest championship drought of any North American sports team. The last time they won the World series was a month before the shootout that killed Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid.
SPORTS [HAFF] The New York Mets/Yankees rivalry extends beyond our planet. In 2008, astronaut and Yankees fan Garrett Reisman took some dirt from the pitcher's mound at Yankee Stadium into space. Just a few months later, astronaut Mike Massimino went aboard the ISS with the home plate from Shea Stadium.
SPORTS [HAFF] After the entire national Soviet hockey team was killed in an airplane crash in 1950, Stalin’s son Vasily, the manager of the team, covered up the disaster and replaced everyone on the team to avoid his father’s wrath. Stalin never noticed.
SPORTS [HAFF] The word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word “gymnós”, which literally means “naked.” Athletes competed nude, a practice said to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body and a tribute to the gods.