A Few Great Sports Stories
I know I'm forgetting many more.
1. Negro Leagues
I am fascinated by Negro Leagues baseball for quite a few different reasons. One aspect that really resonates with me was that Negro League teams often rented out major league ball parks for their games and the attendance was always jam packed. It turns out that the major league teams relied heavily on this revenue to stay in business. That's Satchel Paige warming up in Yankee Stadium.
2. Hungarian Water Polo
I shared the story of the 1956 Hungarian Olympic Water Polo team yesterday. Here's the link again https://www.history.com/news/blood-in-the-water-1956-olympic-water-polo-hungary-ussr?fbclid=IwAR3oyBr_rYhvxxENCq8rgubnXVH2ThwPvcyVJl8rfYFJ2HIXXRGD8J7umo0
3. Marvin Barnes
This legend or myth is about ABA player Marvin Barnes who when on the Spirit of St. Louis would not take a team flight from Louisville leaving at 8pm and arriving back in St. Louis at 7:56pm due to the time zone change because "I ain’t getting on no time machine.” He rented a car and drove.
I'm almost as interested in the ABA as I am in negro league baseball history.
4. Rick Monday
On April 25, 1976 the Cubs were playing at the Dodgers. Two protestors ran on to the field and were getting ready to set an American flag on fire in the outfield. Rick Monday of the Cubs sprinted toward them and scooped up the flag before they could burn it.