Sports Through the Lens: Captivating Historical Perspectives

By Jack Ripley | February 29, 2024

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. 

In 1980, Rosie Ruiz won the Boston Marathon by taking the subway to a stop about a mile from the finish line.

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Who says cheaters never win? During the 84th Boston Marathon in 1980 Rosie Ruiz appeared to have dominated the female category with a stunning time of 2:31:56, which at the time gave her the third-fastest time in a marathon for a woman, however there were multiple tip offs that Ruiz didn’t actually win the race.

Most notably, Ruiz wasn’t sweating, she wasn’t breathing heavily, and she didn’t look like she was in the right kind of shape to run a nearly 26 mile marathon. On top of that, Ruiz couldn’t remember anything about the marathon, and none of the other runners remembered seeing her on the course. There were two people who remember seeing Ruiz, a couple of Harvard students who saw her run out of a crowd half a mile away from the finish line. In 2000 Ruiz commented, “I ran the race.”