From child prodigy to madman

Robert James “Bobby” Fischer (1943 – 2008) was an American chess player, also famous for his eccentrics later in life. When he was only 13 years old, he managed to beat Donald Byrne, who was one of the best players in the country at that time.

One man creates the modern Olympics

Evangelos Zappas (1800-1865) was an extremely wealthy Greek businessman, who had the vision of re-creating the ancient Olympic games. Against all odds -and a very reluctant Greek government- he singlehandedly financed and organized Olympic games of 1859, 1870, 1875, and 1888.

The fairest trade in sports

In 1962, American baseball player Harry Chiti was traded from the Indians to the New York Mets in exchange for a “player to be named later.”

The highest paid athlete of all time

Gaius Appuleius Diocles was a second Century chariot racer in ancient Rome. He won over 1400 horse races and made around 35 863 120 sesterces.