Sports Through the Lens: Captivating Historical Perspectives

By Jack Ripley | May 17, 2024

Dock Ellis was scheduled to toe the rubber against the San Diego Padres for a Friday night game. So he figured that he was good to take a hit of LSD on the Thursday before.

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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Let’s say you’ve got a big meeting tomorrow, or even a big game, what do you do? Probably eat something healthy and get plenty of rest, right? Well not Dock Ellis. On June 12, 1970 this Pirates pitcher faced down the Padres with a head full of LSD and instead of flipping out he ended up scoring the only no-hitter of his career.

According to Ellis, the night before the game he dropped acid with a buddy and stayed up all night partying in Los Angeles. The next morning he thought that his game against the Padres was a day later so he took ANOTHER hit of LSD only to learn that he was due on the mound that afternoon. Instead of canceling, Ellis hopped on a plane to San Diego and made it to the stadium with enough time to warm up.

Ellis later said:

I started having a crazy idea in the fourth inning that Richard Nixon was the home plate umpire, and once I thought I was pitching a baseball to Jimi Hendrix, who to me was holding a guitar and swinging it over the plate. 

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.”