60 Photos That Capture A Different Side Of Sports History

By Jack Ripley | October 26, 2023

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

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! 

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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. 

Inside the crazy world of Dennis Rodman - the bad boy of basketball who married himself, allegedly been with 2,000 women and is 'soul mates' with Kim Jong-un.

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Where do you even start with Dennis Rodman? Of course he’s a five time NBA champion and he lead the league in rebounds seven times between 1992 and 1998, but he also showed up to a book signing event for his memoir in a wedding dress and horse drawn carriage before announcing that he’d be marrying himself.

Rodman’s definitely one of the best defensive players that ever lived, with nearly 12,000 rebounds to his name, but he’s also friends with a North Korean dictator. Regardless of whether you like his style or not, you’ve got to admit that he’s had a wild ride.