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

1/4 of the participants in Wrestlemania VII are now dead.

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1 in 4 athletic

1 in 4 athletic injuries involve the wrist and hand.

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11 Israeli athletes 5

11 Israeli athletes, 5 terrorists and a German policeman were killed after the invasion of the Munich Olympic Village in 1972.

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125 000 golf balls

125,000 golf balls a year are hit into the water at the famous 17th hole of the Stadium Course at Sawgrass.

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13 years after Babe

13 years after Babe Ruth died, Roger Maris broke his home run record. 13 years after Maris died, Mark McGwire broke his record.

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15 people competed in

15 people competed in the 1st Boston Marathon, and only 10 finished.

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188 countries call soccer

188 countries call soccer ‘football’ while only 4 call it ‘soccer’

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19 of spinal cord

19% of spinal cord injuries are sports related, with close to 8,000 injuries every year.

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20 of spouses say

20% of spouses say golf is a source of stress in their marriage.

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26 400 tennis balls

26,400 tennis balls will be used at the 2012 London Olympics.

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3 9 million people

3.9 million people watched the first TV broadcast of the World Series in 1947.

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3 of Lance Armstrong

3 of Lance Armstrong’s kids were conceived with sperm he saved before his chemotherapy.

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3 people with missing

3 people with missing limbs have played major league baseball.

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33 runners were disqualified

33 runners were disqualified from the marathon in Berlin for taking a shortcut by riding the subway.

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4 out of 5

4 out of 5 boxers have sustained brain damage.

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60 of sports related

60% of sports related injuries occur during practice.

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68 of pro hockey

68% of pro hockey players have lost at least 1 tooth.

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80 of all Super

80% of all Super Bowl tickets go to corporate sponsors.

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82 of business executives

82% of business executives admit to cheating at golf.

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A 95 mph fast

A 95 mph fast ball takes 0.4 seconds to reach home plate.

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A bad shot that

A bad shot that turns out well is known as a ‘Volkswagen’ in golfing slang.

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A badminton shuttle easily

A badminton shuttle easily travels 180 km/h (112 mph).

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A baseball can momentarily

A baseball can (momentarily) change its shape by as much as 25% if you hit it really hard.

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A British man hasn

A British man hasn’t won the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles championship since 1936.

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A face off in

A ‘face-off’ in hockey was originally called a ‘puck-off’.

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A farmer in Germany

A farmer in Germany sued a nearby golf course because his cows kept getting killed by errant golf balls.

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A forfeited game in

A forfeited game in baseball is recorded as 9-0.

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A forfeited game in

A forfeited game in football is scored as a 2-0 win and in baseball is scored as a 9-0 win.

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A golf course within

A golf course within 6.5 km of the coast is called a links.

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A good pitcher can

A good pitcher can make a baseball curve as much as 17.5 inches from a straight path.

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A hockey puck is

A hockey puck is made from vulcanized rubber.

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A microwaved baseball will

A microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball.

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A NASCAR fan once

A NASCAR fan once sent over half a million e-mails to FOX for airing a baseball game instead of the schedules race.

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A pole vaulter when

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.

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A putt on a

A putt on a hilly green is called a ‘Dolly Parton’.

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A rodeo cowboy has

A rodeo cowboy has to stay on the bull for only eight seconds in a bull-riding contest- but few make it.

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A soccer ball is

A soccer ball is made of 32 leather panels, held together by 642 stitches.

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A South African League

A South African League game between the Jomo Cosmos and the Moroka Swallows ended when several players were struck by lightning.

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A sport in Afghanistan

A sport in Afghanistan called Buzkashi involves grabbing and throwing a goat while riding a horse.

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A squash ball moving

A squash ball moving at 93 mph can have the same impact as a .22 inch bullet.

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A study found that

A study found that 12 out of 40 umpires need new glasses.

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A Tanzanian soccer match

A Tanzanian soccer match was postponed in 1978. The refree was arrested on the pitch and accused of smoking marijuana just before kick-off.

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A total of 63

A total of 63 errors were made in the 1886 World Series.

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A wooden racket was

A wooden racket was last used at Wimbledon in 1987.

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A world cup referee

A world cup referee will run further than the players, at 12 miles in a 90 minute match.

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A yellow strip across

A yellow strip across the rear of a NASCAR racecar signifies a rookie driver.

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About 42 000 tennis

About 42,000 tennis balls are used in the 650 matches in the Wimbledon Championship.

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About 67 minutes of

About 67 minutes of an NFL game consist of watching the players just standing there.

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According to a 2001

According to a 2001 survey, 240 million people in the world play soccer regularly.

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According to a 2002

According to a 2002 survey, 11% of golfers prefer golf to physical intimacy.

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According to the NFL

According to the NFL ‘tuck rule,’ a quarterback’s arm cannot move forward while he also tries to tuck it back toward his body.

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Al Capone always kept

Al Capone always kept a gun in his golf bag.

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All major league baseball

All major league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job.

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America s last professional

America’s last professional bare-knuckled boxing bout, in 1889, went to 75 rounds.

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American football has the

American football has the highest injury rate of any sport, with a rate 12 times higher than basketball.

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Americans spend 50 million

Americans spend $50 million on Super Bowl snacks and $237 million on soft drinks.

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Americans spend more than

Americans spend more than $630 million a year on golf balls.

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An 8 in a

An 8 in a hole of golf is called a ‘snowman’.

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An Australian rugby player

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.

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An early version of

An early version of Darts called ‘Puff and Dart’ used a blowpipe to fire a dart at a target.

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An NBA basketball can

An NBA basketball can last for 10,000 bounces.

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An NFL football field

An NFL football field is 360 feet long by 160 feet wide.

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Anders Haugen received an

Anders Haugen received an Olympic medal at the age of 83! It was for a ski jump he did 50 years earlier.

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Andy Nicolson drove from

Andy Nicolson drove from England to Japan to watch England play in the 2002 World Cup.

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Archery is the national

Archery is the national sport of Bhutan.

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Ari Petrof is Sweden

Ari Petrof is Sweden’s National Sauna Champion. He stayed in a 212 degree sauna for five hours and 10 minutes.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger bought JFK

Arnold Schwarzenegger bought JFK’s golf clubs for $772,500.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger once said

Arnold Schwarzenegger once said ‘whatever else I do, I want to be a kind of ambassador, a preacher for bodybuilding’.

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Artificial turf was named

Artificial turf was named ‘Astroturf’ after it was first used in the Houston Astrodome.

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As a workout rowing

As a workout, rowing in a 2000 meter race is the equivalent of playing 2 back-to-back basketball games.

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As of 2005 the

As of 2005, the longest drive in golf was 473 yards.

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At 101 Larry Lewis

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.

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At 120 miles per

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.

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At 3 feet 7

At 3 feet 7 inches, Eddie Gaedel was the shortest player in the history of Major League Baseball.

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At age 101 Larry

At age 101, Larry Lewis ran the 100-yard dash in 17.8 seconds, a new world record for his age group.

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