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George Best

There is a famous story about George Best, after he had won one night at a casino and a bellboy found him in his hotel room drinking champagne with Miss World with £25,000 scattered across his bed. The bell boy said, "Tell me George, where did it all go wrong?" There are a few variations(...)

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters started in the 1950's. At that time, the NBA were not allowing African American ballplayers in the league. All the players were phenomenal in their own right, and the Globetrotters became such an attraction that in the early 70's they were given their own TV cartoon show. Unlike America, British kids came(...)

Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart - The Flying Scotsman - drove an Elf Tyrell In 1973 at Watkins Glen (which was Jackie's 100th Grand Prix) Stewart's team mate Francois Cevert was killed in a terrible accident. Jackie Stewart decided he would never drive a racing car again. He did TV commercials in the US and provided commentary for(...)

Jimmy Hill dead at 87 following Alzheimer’s battle

19 December 2015 Jimmy Hill has died aged 87 following a battle with Alzheimer’s. Hill will forever be remembered as one of the most influential figures in English football history, filling a number of different roles during a career that spanned five decades. He started his playing career at Brentford before moving to Fulham, where(...)

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle's illustrious baseball career began in the 1950s when he was a teenage phenomenon out of Commerce, Oklahoma, thrust into the limelight of joining baseball's greatest dynasty. As a player he had power from both sides of the plate. Mantle had such speed as a rookie that some called him the fastest man in(...)

Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay

"I am the greatest," claimed Muhammad Ali - and many still consider him to be the finest heavyweight boxer of all time. His catchphrase "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" exemplified both his style in the ring and his articulate showmanship. Robbed of his bike in school, Cassius Clay started to box at  the(...)

Nadia Comaneci

Fourteen-year-old Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, delighted crowds at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. She won three gold medals, a silver and a bronze, scoring the first perfect score of 10.00 in Olympic gymnastics - and going on to do it seven times during the games. Having been programmed to reject 10 out of 10(...)


Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé was Brazil's soccer superstar, and one of the greatest footballers ever. He was fantastic, fabulous and friendly - even the man's name was fun to say. Pelé scored 1,090 goals in 1,114 games for his Brazilian club, Santos. He first made an appearance in a good Brazilian team at(...)

Roller Derby

Roller Derby was born in Chicago during the Depression, but didn't achieve national prominence until the advent of television in the late 1940s. In 1949, the National Roller Derby League was formed, and the playoffs for that season sold out New York's Madison Square Gardens for the entire week. In the 1960's the sport needed(...)

World Cup Willie