Hall of Famer Harold Grange, All-American running back at the University of Illinois in the early 1920's, then for the Bears until 1935, was known as "Red Grange" or "The Galloping Ghost." He was so dominating in a 1924 game against Michigan--gaining 262 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns in just 12 minutes--that he inspired Grantland Rice to write the following poem which spawned his famous nickname:
A streak of fire, a breath of flame
Eluding all who reach and clutch;
A gray ghost thrown into the game
That rival hands may never touch;
A rubber bounding, blasting soul
Whose destination is the goal.
It's not every day a 44-year-old coach comes off the bench and ends up playing goalie for his team in the Stanley Cup final, but that's just what Lester Patrick did for the Rangers back in 1928. Not only that, but he gave up only one goal, and the Rangers went on to defeat the Montreal Maroons in overtime.
Toward the end of a midseason game against the 49ers in 1964, Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall scooped up a Niners fumble and raced toward the end zone nearly 70 yards away--the wrong end zone. With both teams chasing him down the field, and his own teammates screaming from the sidelines, Marshall ran into the end zone untouched and tossed the ball out of bounds, resulting in a safety for San Francisco--and heaps of scrutiny from the media.
Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Larry Bird played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. He then served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000, and in 2003 assumed the role of president of basketball operations for the Pacers.
The Schooner America won the Hundred Guinea Cup on August 22, 1851. The Crew donated their trophy to the New York Yacht Club under the condition that the cup "be preserved as a perpetual Challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries," and the America's Cup race was born. From 1870, the next time the race was held, until 1980, American yachts won the America's Cup race 24 times without a loss (the race was not always an annual event). The Australian yacht Australia II finally took the cup when it won the race in 1983.