Category:
Sports

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #38



From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 10, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Johnson Smith Catalog, Sports, 1930s, Brain Damage

Buster, the Roller-Skating Rooster

He ice-skated also!

Davenport Daily Times - Aug 20, 1952



Baltimore Sun - Oct 12, 1952



Newark Advocate - Aug 21, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 17, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Sports, 1950s

Indoor Fishing

Not a new idea.

Source of 1931 article.







Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 01, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Sports, Fish

Iver Johnson, the human cork

Years ago Johnson, who is married and has two children, had an idea that he could float vertically if he tried hard enough. “It became an obsession,” he said…
For 12 years, Johnson said, he practiced, risking his life time and again trying to “force my body into harmony with the water.”

Johnson had a dream... to achieve something entirely useless.

A couple of years back, I posted about another guy, Norris Kellam, who called himself the 'human cork'. Though Kellam simply floated. He didn't float vertically.

Nephi Times-News - Mar 21, 1957





Chicago Tribune - Apr 7, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 03, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Human Marvels, Sports, 1950s

Unfair Falsies

From June 1970:
"Sprinter Valerie Peat is one athlete who agrees on the importance of that extra fraction of an inch. She said she would have been second instead of third in last year's European games 200-meter race in Athens if her bust had been bigger."


Baltimore Evening Sun - Jun 19, 1970



See Valerie Peat in competition:

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 21, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Sports, 1970s

Where’s Huddles?



Sure, why not transplant THE FLINTSTONES into a contemporary NFL setting? That'll be a hit, for sure!

Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 04, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Sports, Television, Cartoons, 1970s

Skiing Mt. Everest

May 6, 1970: Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura became the first person to ski on Mt. Everest. And amazingly, he didn't die. The stunt was filmed and was the subject of a 1975 documentary, The Man Who Skied Down Everest. Check out the clip below.

Miura later became the oldest person to reach the summit of Everest, climbing it at the age of 70 and again when he was 80.



Burlington Free Press - May 12, 1970

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 21, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Sports, 1970s

Endurance Bowling

Back in 1930, George Kinder of Milwaukee set a record for endurance bowling. He bowled for 50 hours 20 mins, rolling 362 ½ games. He had to quit because "his thumb was badly split, blistered and torn, and he couldn't grasp the ball."

Courier News - Jan 13, 1930



41 years later, Richard Dewey of Kansas City set a new endurance record. He bowled for 98 hrs 45 mins, rolling 1220 games. But Dewey also had to quit because of injuries:

During his four days on the lanes, Dewey suffered a sprained right arm, severe blisters and swollen fingers. To overcome the problem of the sprained arm, he alternated arms, throwing left, then right-handed. To take the pressure off swollen and blistered fingers, his eight-pound bowling ball was drilled out every 20 hours. But after he was unable to stop the bleeding from his fingers, officials said enough was enough.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 26, 1971



More recently, in 2010, Stephen Shanabrook of Plano, Texas set a new record, bowling for 134 hrs 57 min. However, he completed only 643 games, which is only about half the number Dewey rolled in less time. Nevertheless, according to Guinness, Shanabrook is the current record holder.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 19, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Sports, World Records

Psychic Baseball Game



No supernatural abilities actually required.


Original ad here.


Further information here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 10, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Games, Sports, 1920s, 1930s

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