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A Brief History On September 26, 1981, Nolan Ryan, right-handed pitcher for the Houston Astros, pitched his record-breaking 5th no-hitter of his career.  Ryan, arguably the best pitcher in major league baseball history, went on to throw 2 more no-hitters in his career, the last (number 7) in 1991 when he was an astounding 44 years old! Digging Deeper Fans of other great pitchers will make the case for those hurlers.  Some might talk about Bob Feller’s incredible fastball, his 3 no-hitters and 12 one-hitters and how he lost some of his prime years to service in the Navy during…

A Brief History On September 5, 1960, Cassius Clay, a brash young man known as the “Louisville Lip,” won the Olympic Gold Medal for boxing in the light heavyweight division.  Clay would go on to fame and infamy as Muhammad Ali, a professional heavyweight boxing champ and one of sport’s all-time greats. Digging Deeper Of course, if you listen to Ali, he, himself, will tell you over and over again that he is “The Greatest.”  Modesty was never one of his virtues… Of course, he did not need to be modest, as he won, in addition to Olympic Gold, the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship…

A Brief History On August 22, 2007, the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles with a score of 30-3, the most runs ever scored by a major league baseball team in the modern era.  Sometimes it just happens that one side has all the might or all the luck and really gives it to the other side.  This disparity can take place in sports, in wars or in just about in any other competitive endeavor.  Here 10 of those lopsided victories that left one side hurt and stunned are listed.  What events would you include in the list?  (Sorry American football fans, perhaps we can feature a list of one-sided…

A Brief History On August 22nd, 1902, Helene “Leni” Riefenstahl was born in Berlin, Germany.  Thirty years later she would meet Adolf Hitler, the man who helped her become the greatest female filmmaker of the 20th century, but that association would nearly destroy her as well. Digging Deeper A talented teenager, Leni (pronounced “Lay-Nee”) was enrolled in dance and ballet classes.  She gained a reputation on the Berlin dance circuit and became a popular entertainer.  Injuries to her feet and knees, however, threatened the future of her dancing career, so she transitioned into acting.  She went on to have a prolific run as…

A Brief History On August 15, 2014, The Expendables 3 released theatrically.  The film stars Ultimate Fighters Randy Couture and Rhonda Rousey, two real-life badasses!  Long-time readers of TopTenz.net are likely already familiar with “Top 10 Most Famous Actors Who Served in the Military,” but in addition to action stars with military experience, several action stars featured in The Expendables and similar franchises have real life professional fighting experience and with winning records to boot.  This list covers twelve such action film stars who are or were legitimate badasses in real life and as such did not merely play at being tough.  This list…

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