Sports Through the Lens: Captivating Historical Perspectives

By Jack Ripley | April 27, 2024

Tennis star Petra Kvitova enjoys comeback after knife attack in 2016.

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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Even though she was attacked by a knife wielding maniac at her home in the Czech Republic just prior to Christmas 2016,Petra Kvitová still managed to make her way back to the French Open in 2017. Kvitová was expected to be benched for six months due to the tendon and nerve injuries in her left hand, but she didn’t let a little B&E get her down.

With such an intense injury, and time away from the game, it makes sense that Kvitová would have to work her way back to her former stature, but in 2018 she played her way back into being one of the top seven players in the world. 

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.

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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.