What is the most arcane (or bizarre) sports fact you know?

Roger Bannister is a name that is not apparent, at least not immediately, for some of you.

(Bannister during his early days)

​Bannister was an aspiring neurologist, admitted into Oxford.
During his time in med school he took a keen interest in rowing and considered joining the college rowing club.
However the coach of the team, turned him down, writing him off because he was too frail and weak looking.

Bannister took this to heart. He began showing promise in the field of athletics.

At the time no one had managed to run a mile under 4 minutes. Bannister wanted to be the first person to run a mile under 4 minutes and strengthened his resolve to achieve the same.

On 6th May 1954, in the Iffey Track over at Oxford the commentator announced "The time was 3 minutes…" The crowd went nuts.

(The historical moment in sporting history when Bannister managed to run a mile in under 4 minutes )

Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes.

3 Bannister and 59.4 seconds to be precise.

A person who had been written as too frail and weak to become a sculler had made track history.

Roger Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist and considers his advancements in the field of neurology as far greater than his achievements in track events.


(Sir Roger Bannister today.)

Source: Tinkle https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

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Hope this helps!

2 Replies to “What is the most arcane (or bizarre) sports fact you know?”

  1. Well, here is just one. They still rub down every baseball used in Major League Baseball prior to each game with Delaware River mud. Takes the shine off the ball. Still haven't found anything that works better.

  2. Between 1314 and 1667, football was officially banned in England alone by more than 30 royal and local laws.
    King Edward II was so troubled by the unruliness of football in London that on April 13, 1314 he issued a proclamation banning it:
    Forasmuch as there is great noise in the city caused by hustling over large balls (grosses pelotes de pee) from which many evils may arise which God forbid; we command and forbid, on behalf of the King, on pain of imprisonment, such game to be used in the city in the future.
    Attempts to ban football games

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