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Brazil were the overwhelming favourites. Playing in front of 200,000 at the Maracanã in Rio, the game was supposed to be a coronation for Brazil more than an actual football match. Uruguay won 2-1, the crowd in the Maracanã sat in stunned silence. A few died from suicides and heart attacks.
The ‘Bronx Bombers’ qualified for 13 of 16 World Series’ and won 10 of them. Catcher Yogi Berra has a ring for every finger as a member of all 10 titles while fellow baseball greats Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle were also huge components of the dynasty.
The Calcutta Cup is the trophy presented to the winner of the England versus Scotland rugby union match. When the Calcutta RFC was disbanded, the memory of the club was kept alive by having the remaining 270 silver rupees in their bank melted down to be made into a trophy.
The Pele-Maradona- Messi – Ronaldo argument may rage forever, but to some Alfredo is the greatest all-round footballer. The Argentine won five European Cups in a row with Real Madrid during the 1950s, helping European football become the powerhouse it now is but never played in a World Cup, though.
Or at least they once did. When he first devised the sport in 1895, William G. Morgan tried to use a basketball, but found it too heavy. So instead he played with the basketball’s inflatable rubber inside, until a custom ball was created just for the sport by A.G. Spalding.
Mexico was the first non U.S. country to win the Little League baseball world series
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We always talk about the 1896 start of the modern Olympics but the ancient Olympics demised only once the Roman emperors became Christian. Pagan festivals were at first discouraged and then completely outlawed. The Olympic games were first and foremost a religious celebration in honour of Zeus, they held no place in the Christian empire. […]
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