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Ruffian Last Race - 1975 Generally considered the greatest filly of all time, Ruffian won her first ten races by an average of 8.5 lengths. A fast starter, she never trailed at any interval in any of her 10 races. Some horse racing insiders dared to say Ruffian had the potential to be better than 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Ruffian's eleventh and final race was run at Belmont Park on July 6, 1975. It was a match race between Ruffian and that year's Kentucky Derby winner, Foolish Pleasure. In the past, the two horses had shared the same jockey, Jacinto Vasquez. Vasquez chose to ride Ruffian in the match race, believing her to be the better of the two horses. (Bettors agreed; Ruffian was a 2:5 favorite.) Braulio Baeza rode Foolish Pleasure. The "Great Match" was heavily anticipated and attended by more than 50,000 spectators, with an estimated television audience of 20 million. As she left the starting gate Ruffian hit her shoulder hard before straightening herself. The first quarter-mile was run 22 and 1⁄5 seconds, with Ruffian ahead by a nose. Little more than a furlong later, Ruffian was in front by half a length when both sesamoid bones in her right foreleg snapped. Vasquez tried to pull her up, but the filly wouldn't stop. She went on running, pulverizing her sesamoids, ripping the skin of her fetlock, tearing her ligaments until her hoof was flopping uselessly. Vasquez said it was impossible for him to stop her. She still tried to run and finish the race. She was immediately attended to by a team of four veterinarians and an orthopedic surgeon, and underwent an emergency operation lasting three hours. When the anesthesia wore off after the surgery, she thrashed about wildly on the floor of a padded recovery stall as if still running in the race. Despite the efforts of numerous attendants, she began spinning in circles on the floor. As she flailed about with her legs, she repeatedly knocked the heavy plaster cast against her own elbow until the elbow, too, was smashed to bits. The vet that treated her said that her elbow was shattered and looked like a piece of ice after being smashed on the ground. The cast slipped, and as it became dislodged it ripped open her foreleg all over again, undoing the surgery. The medical team, knowing that she would probably not survive more extensive surgery for the repair of her leg and elbow, euthanized her shortly afterward. She was buried at Belmost Park with her nose facing the finish line.
Tags: Ruffian  horse  racing 
Added: 7th July 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ramon Santiago - Reverse Triple Crown Any baseball fan worth his salt knows that the rare triple crown is attained when a player leads his league in home runs, runs batted in, and batting average in the same season. No one has accomplished the feat in either major league since 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski did it for the Boston Red Sox. However, Ramon Santiago of the pitiful 2003 Detroit Tigers captured the "reverse triple crown." Huh? A reverse triple crown is when a player finishes last in all three categories (and has enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title). Santiago, the Tigers' shortstop in 2003, had two home runs, 29 runs batted in and batted just .225. Those 2003 Tigers finished with a horrendous 43-119 record to set an AL record for most losses in a season. On the brighter side, Santiago led the major leagues that same season with 18 sacrifice bunts.
Tags: baseball  Ramon  Santiago 
Added: 7th July 2012
Views: 2877
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Posted By: Lava1964
Fruit Gushers 1995 Gushers originally came in two flavors: Gushin' Grape and Strawberry Splash. Later, grape was discontinued, although there is a movement among consumers to have it brought back. Gushers now come in a variety of flavors, including: 1. Tropical Flavors 2. Watermelon Blast 3. Strawberry Splash 4. Screamin' Green Apple 5. Triple Berry Shock 6. Rockin' Blue Raspberry 7. Fruitomic Punch 8. Xtreme Kiwi Xplosion 9 Tropical 10. Passion Berry Punch 11. Double Dare Berry 12. Roboberry Ultra Blast
Tags: Fruit  Gushers  from  the  90s 
Added: 19th August 2012
Views: 1993
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Posted By: masonx31
Brien Taylor - Pitching Bust Brien Taylor was one of the most hyped amateur pitching prospects ever. Born in Beaufort, North Carolina, Taylor attended East Carteret High School. In his senior season, Taylor threw 88 innings, striking out 213 hitters while walking 28. His fastball often hit 98 and 99 mph. In 2006, agent Scott Boras claimed Taylor was the best high school pitcher he had ever seen. The New York Yankees selected Taylor with the first overall selection in the 1991 MLB draft and offered him $300,000 to sign a minor league contract, the typical amount given to the first overall draft choice at that time. However, Boras, acting as an advisor, told the Taylor family the previous year's top-rated high school pitcher, Todd Van Poppel, had gotten than $1.2 million to sign with the Oakland Athletics. Taylor held out for a three-year $1.2-million deal. He eventually signed for $1.55 million the day before he was to begin classes at a local junior college. The Yankees hoped Taylor would be the next Dwight Gooden and pitch in the majors at age 19. However Taylor needed to improve his pickoff move to first base, so he was assigned to the team's farm system. In 1992 Taylor was 6-8 for the Class A Fort Lauderdale Yankees, with a 2.57 earned run average and 187 strikeouts in 161 innings. The next year, as a 21-year-old with the Double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees, Taylor went 13-7 with a 3.48 ERA and had 150 strikeouts in 163 innings. Baseball America named him the game's best prospect and he was expected to pitch for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers of the International League in 1994 and start for the Yankees in 1995. On December 18, 1993 Taylor suffered a dislocated left shoulder and torn labrum while defending his brother in a fistfight. In the scuffle, Taylor fell on his pitching shoulder. Dr. Frank Jobe, a well-known orthopedic surgeon, called Taylor's injury one of the worst he'd seen. Taylor was never the same pitcher again. When he returned to baseball after surgery, his fastball was noticeably slower and he was unable to throw a curveball for a strike. Taylor spent the bulk of the remainder of his professional baseball career struggling at the Single-A level. Taylor bounced around different MLB farm teams until retiring in 2000. After baseball, Taylor moved to Raleigh and worked as a UPS package handler and later as a beer distributor. He fathered five daughters. By 2006, he was working as a bricklayer with his father. In January 2005, police charged Taylor with misdemeanor child abuse for allegedly leaving four of his children--none over 11--alone for more than eight hours. He didn't show up for his court date, and at one point there were four outstanding warrants for his arrest. According to financial records, he was earning $909 per month. In March 2012, Taylor was charged with cocaine trafficking after undercover narcotics agents purchased a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from him over a period of several months. He was federally indicted on cocaine trafficking charges in June 2012. Taylor pled guilty in August 2012 and was sentenced to 38 months in prison, followed by three years' supervised release.
Tags: baseball  pitcher  Brien  Taylor 
Added: 4th March 2013
Views: 2645
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Posted By: Lava1964
Wilma Rudolph on to Tell The Truth Triple gold medallist Wilma Rudolph appears on To Tell The Truth a few months after her athletic triumphs at the 1960 Rome Olympics. It's amazing to consider how anonymous even the greatest Olympians were in the days before the Olympic Games were widely televised.
Tags: Wilma  Rudolph  atheltics  To  Tell  The  Truth 
Added: 21st March 2013
Views: 993
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Posted By: Lava1964
1912 Olympics - Standing Long Jump The summer Olympics used to include standing jumping events: long jump, high jump and triple jump. Here's a film clip of the standing long jump competition from the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. The 1912 Games were the last Olympics to feature standing jump disciplines. Norway is the last remaining country to feature them in their own national athletics championships. The United States Air Force Academy and Canada's Royal Military College still use the standing long jump as a way to gauge the physical fitness levels of their students.
Tags: 1912  Olympics  standing  long  jump 
Added: 9th November 2014
Views: 1050
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Posted By: Lava1964
Affirmed Wins Triple Crown - 1978 When Affirmed won the thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown in 1978, the feat did not receive near as much publicity in the mainstream sports media as it should have, perhaps with good reason. There had been three Triple Crown champions in six years, including one just the year before (Seattle Slew). However, it would be 37 years before another horse (American Pharaoh) repeated the achievement. Here is Affirmed's narrow victory in the 1978 Belmont Stakes. Renowned CBS announcer Chic Anderson calls the race--the last major one of his career as he died of a heart attack the following March at age 47. Runner-up Alydar finished second in all three Triple Crown races in 1978.
Tags: Affirmed  Triple  Crown    horse  racing  Belmont  Stakes 
Added: 8th June 2015
Views: 909
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Posted By: Lava1964
John Sellers Carry Back Jockey on WML In 1961 a Florida-based thoroughbred race horse named Carry Back won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Of course Carry Back was also the odds-on favorite to complete a rare Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes. Carry Back finished a disappointing seventh, however. The following night, jockey John Sellers appeared as a mystery guest on What's My Line?
Tags: Carry  Back  John  Sellers  Whats  My  Line  horse  racing 
Added: 7th October 2018
Views: 639
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Posted By: Lava1964
Secretariat Wins the 1973 Belmont The video from my original post no longer exists, so I'm re-posting this important snippet of sports history: It's Secretariat blowing away the rest of the field at the 1973 Belmont Stakes.
Tags: Secretariat  horse  racing  Belmont  Triple  Crown 
Added: 6th September 2019
Views: 740
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Posted By: Lava1964

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