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Strange Occurrences in Sports

Post by PeteC » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:39 am

A new thread about strange things that happen in sports. Gruesome, humorous, sad, or simply crazy. Pete :cheers:
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Frankie Campbell (born Francesco Camilli; 1904 – August 25, 1930) was an Italian-American boxer who fought professionally as a heavyweight. He won 33 of his 40 career fights, losing four, drawing twice, and fighting to a no-contest in another. Campbell was killed in the ring by future heavyweight champion Max Baer on August 25, 1930, in San Francisco, California.

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Max Baer was knocked down in the 2nd round, which enraged him, and he rose from the canvas to put all his power behind a solid right-hand punch that hit Campbell flush in the chin. Campbell later received a beating in the 5th round and then eventually died from the punch.

An alternate take on this second round exchange is offered in the San Francisco Examiner from August 26, 1930. The article reads:

Irwin [the referee] ruled that Baer had slipped and had not been dropped. He motioned Baer to his feet. In the meantime Campbell had walked the far side of the ring, turning his back... Baer rushed across the ring and socked Campbell with three stiff rights to the head... The blows dazed Campbell and he was pretty well spent as he made his way back to his corner. 'Something feels as though it broke in my head,' Campbell told Chief Second Tommy Maloney during the rest interval between the second and third round.

Onlookers claimed that Baer slugged Campbell "unmercifully" in the 5th round after he was already unconscious but had held onto his feet by the ropes. Had the referee not intervened, Campbell would have been killed outright.

Doctors worked over Campbell in the open-air ring at the baseball park for half an hour and, failing to revive him, took him to a local hospital where other physicians and nurses worked over him for several hours. Campbell died from a severe concussion of the brain. Doctors later discovered that his brain had been knocked loose from the connective tissue inside his head.

Brain specialist Dr. Tilton E. Tillman "declared death had been caused by a succession of blows on the jaw and not by any struck on the rear of the head," and that Campbell's brain had been "knocked completely loose from his skull."

The California State Boxing Commission soon suspended Referee Irwin for his failure to stop the fight, J. Hamilton Lorimer (Baer's manager), Carol E. Working and Tom Maloney (Campbell's managers), and seconds Tillie "Kid" Herman, Ray Carlin, Frankie Burns, and Larry Morrison.
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Re: Strange Occurrences in Sports

Post by migrant » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:32 pm

Stupid sidenote, Max Baer is the Father of the actor (Max Baer Jr) that played Jethro on Beverly Hillbillies
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Post by caller » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:26 pm

This always makes me smile - freak injuries to footballers:

Having seen Dave Beasant play a few times, this didn't come as any real surprise -

Dave Beasant The veteran goalkeeper managed to rule himself out for eight weeks in 1993 when he dropped a bottle of salad cream on his foot, severing the tendon in his big toe.

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https://www.theguardian.com/football/20 ... adfoot-egg

Chic Brodies career ending dog 'attack' was caught on film.

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Post by PeteC » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:09 am

"Chic Brodies career ending dog 'attack' was caught on film."

The tackle by the dog didn't seem that severe, but I find some reference that it broke the man's leg and he retired from football! :shock: :shock: Pete :cheers:
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Post by PeteC » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:37 am

migrant wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:32 pm
Stupid side note, Max Baer is the Father of the actor (Max Baer Jr) that played Jethro on Beverly Hillbillies
I never realized that. :shock: :thumb:
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Post by migrant » Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:29 am

Pete, does this fit?

What Woman has her own baseball related bubble gum cards?
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Post by PeteC » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:21 am

Why not? I would say it's the woman player in that movie that was made years ago about the Woman's Baseball League...Babe something? I think Geena Davis was in the lead role? Pete :cheers:
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Post by migrant » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:08 am

Actually the only one I found was Morgana the kissing bandit!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morganna
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Post by PeteC » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:40 am

Here she is, the Kissing Bandit! :laugh:
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Post by pharvey » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:18 pm

A couple from Wimbledon......

"The All England Club's secretary Major David Mills was so concerned about the possible side-effects of excessive female passion at Wimbledon in 1974 that he wrote to the head teachers of 60 schools asking them to keep their girls under control. The previous year Bjorn Borg was rescued by local police after 300 shrieking girls chased him into a side street and pinned him to the ground."

"Hans Redl, who played in the Championships between 1947 and 1956, was allowed to touch the ball with his racket twice every time he served. The Austrian lost his left arm in the second world war and used his racket to throw up the ball."

"Compatriots but not friends, Boris Becker and Nicolas Kiefer must have thought they were in an Alfred Hitchcock film during their match in 1999. Queuing up on the grandstand roof, a flock of pigeons took it in turns to swoop during rallies, dive-bombing the players. Eventually the All England Club brought in Hamish the Hawk to scare away the feathered interlopers."


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Post by Kraka's Dad » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:19 pm

Would be interesting watching her running for a base !! :naughty:

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Post by PeteC » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:29 pm

Here's a sad one not that old, that I remember clearly when it happened. Freak accident to be sure. :(

Phillip Joel Hughes (30 November 1988 – 27 November 2014) was an Australian Test and One Day International (ODI) cricketer who played domestic cricket for South Australia and Worcestershire. He was a left-handed opening batsman who played for two seasons with New South Wales before making his Test debut in 2009 at the age of 20.

Hughes scored his first Test century in March 2009, aged 20, in his second Test match for Australia, opening the batting and hitting 115 in the first innings against South Africa in Durban. This made Hughes Australia's youngest Test centurion since Doug Walters in 1965. In the second innings of the same match, Hughes scored 160, becoming the youngest cricketer in history to score centuries in both innings of a Test match (Australia won the match by 175 runs). On 11 January 2013, he became the first Australian batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score a century on debut, a feat which he achieved against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.

On 25 November 2014, Hughes was hit in the neck by a bouncer, during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, causing a vertebral artery dissection that led to a subarachnoid haemorrhage. The Australian team doctor, Peter Brukner, noted that only 100 such cases had ever been reported, with "only one case reported as a result of a cricket ball". Hughes was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, where he underwent surgery, was placed into an induced coma and was in intensive care in a critical condition. He died on 27 November, having never regained consciousness, three days before his 26th birthday.
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Post by migrant » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:38 pm

An interesting/strange match was Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Age, feminism, and some good rhetoric surrounded the match. The match itself wasn't much, but a different type of contest for sure!

Was it hyped in Europe?
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Re: Strange Occurrences in Sports

Post by PeteC » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:43 am

This one qualifies as "Strange" in my opinion. :D Pete :cheers:

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Re: Strange Occurrences in Sports

Post by PeteC » Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:42 am

This will give you a good chuckle this morning! :D From a Thai club as well.

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