Sports And Sportsmen Facts And Trivia
Know the most interesting facts about different sports and the surprising trivia related to sportsmen playing these sports. A perfect entertainment for sports lovers.
1/4 of the participants in Wrestlemania VII are now dead.
1 in 4 athletic injuries involve the wrist and hand.
11 Israeli athletes, 5 terrorists and a German policeman were killed after the invasion of the Munich Olympic Village in 1972.
125,000 golf balls a year are hit into the water at the famous 17th hole of the Stadium Course at Sawgrass.
13 years after Babe Ruth died, Roger Maris broke his home run record. 13 years after Maris died, Mark McGwire broke his record.
15 people competed in the 1st Boston Marathon, and only 10 finished.
188 countries call soccer ‘football’ while only 4 call it ‘soccer’
19% of spinal cord injuries are sports related, with close to 8,000 injuries every year.
20% of spouses say golf is a source of stress in their marriage.
26,400 tennis balls will be used at the 2012 London Olympics.
3.9 million people watched the first TV broadcast of the World Series in 1947.
3 of Lance Armstrong’s kids were conceived with sperm he saved before his chemotherapy.
3 people with missing limbs have played major league baseball.
33 runners were disqualified from the marathon in Berlin for taking a shortcut by riding the subway.
4 out of 5 boxers have sustained brain damage.
60% of sports related injuries occur during practice.
68% of pro hockey players have lost at least 1 tooth.
80% of all Super Bowl tickets go to corporate sponsors.
82% of business executives admit to cheating at golf.
A 95 mph fast ball takes 0.4 seconds to reach home plate.
A bad shot that turns out well is known as a ‘Volkswagen’ in golfing slang.
A badminton shuttle easily travels 180 km/h (112 mph).
A baseball can (momentarily) change its shape by as much as 25% if you hit it really hard.
A British man hasn’t won the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles championship since 1936.
A ‘face-off’ in hockey was originally called a ‘puck-off’.
A farmer in Germany sued a nearby golf course because his cows kept getting killed by errant golf balls.
A forfeited game in baseball is recorded as 9-0.
A forfeited game in football is scored as a 2-0 win and in baseball is scored as a 9-0 win.
A golf course within 6.5 km of the coast is called a links.
A good pitcher can make a baseball curve as much as 17.5 inches from a straight path.
A hockey puck is made from vulcanized rubber.
A microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball.
A NASCAR fan once sent over half a million e-mails to FOX for airing a baseball game instead of the schedules race.
A pole vaulter, when he lands, may absorb up to 20,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on the joints of his tubular thigh bones.
A putt on a hilly green is called a ‘Dolly Parton’.
A rodeo cowboy has to stay on the bull for only eight seconds in a bull-riding contest- but few make it.
A soccer ball is made of 32 leather panels, held together by 642 stitches.
A South African League game between the Jomo Cosmos and the Moroka Swallows ended when several players were struck by lightning.
A sport in Afghanistan called Buzkashi involves grabbing and throwing a goat while riding a horse.
A squash ball moving at 93 mph can have the same impact as a .22 inch bullet.
A study found that 12 out of 40 umpires need new glasses.
A Tanzanian soccer match was postponed in 1978. The refree was arrested on the pitch and accused of smoking marijuana just before kick-off.
A total of 63 errors were made in the 1886 World Series.
A wooden racket was last used at Wimbledon in 1987.
A world cup referee will run further than the players, at 12 miles in a 90 minute match.
A yellow strip across the rear of a NASCAR racecar signifies a rookie driver.
About 42,000 tennis balls are used in the 650 matches in the Wimbledon Championship.
About 67 minutes of an NFL game consist of watching the players just standing there.
According to a 2001 survey, 240 million people in the world play soccer regularly.
According to a 2002 survey, 11% of golfers prefer golf to physical intimacy.
According to the NFL ‘tuck rule,’ a quarterback’s arm cannot move forward while he also tries to tuck it back toward his body.
Al Capone always kept a gun in his golf bag.
All major league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job.
America’s last professional bare-knuckled boxing bout, in 1889, went to 75 rounds.
American football has the highest injury rate of any sport, with a rate 12 times higher than basketball.
Americans spend $50 million on Super Bowl snacks and $237 million on soft drinks.
Americans spend more than $630 million a year on golf balls.
An 8 in a hole of golf is called a ‘snowman’.
An Australian rugby player sought a doctor when 4 month headache wouldn’t go away.The doctor found an opponent’s tooth in his forehead.
An early version of Darts called ‘Puff and Dart’ used a blowpipe to fire a dart at a target.
An NBA basketball can last for 10,000 bounces.
An NFL football field is 360 feet long by 160 feet wide.
Anders Haugen received an Olympic medal at the age of 83! It was for a ski jump he did 50 years earlier.
Andy Nicolson drove from England to Japan to watch England play in the 2002 World Cup.
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan.
Ari Petrof is Sweden’s National Sauna Champion. He stayed in a 212 degree sauna for five hours and 10 minutes.
Arnold Schwarzenegger bought JFK’s golf clubs for $772,500.
Arnold Schwarzenegger once said ‘whatever else I do, I want to be a kind of ambassador, a preacher for bodybuilding’.
Artificial turf was named ‘Astroturf’ after it was first used in the Houston Astrodome.
As a workout, rowing in a 2000 meter race is the equivalent of playing 2 back-to-back basketball games.
As of 2005, the longest drive in golf was 473 yards.
At 101, Larry Lewis ran the 100-yard dash in 17.8 seconds, setting a new world record for runners 100 years old or older.
At 120 miles per hour, a Formula One car generates so much downforce that it can drive upside down on the roof of a tunnel.
At 3 feet 7 inches, Eddie Gaedel was the shortest player in the history of Major League Baseball.
At age 101, Larry Lewis ran the 100-yard dash in 17.8 seconds, a new world record for his age group.