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NBA facts

NBA facts

Former NBA star Calvin Murphy has 14 illegitimate kids by 9 women.

NBA facts

For some reason, over half of the NBA’s ex-players (60%) are flat broke and bankrupt after only five years out of the league.

NBA facts

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons in the NBA, holds the record for most points in a career (38,387).

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Tennis facts

tennis facts

At the age of 16, in 1997, Martina Hingis became the youngest women's tennis player to be ranked number 1 in the world since the rankings originatedin 1975.

tennis facts

British Player Greg Rusedski has the world's fastest serve, clocked at a staggering 149 mph. In 1999 he served 685 aces, accounting for 79% of his points.

tennis facts

The longest recorded point in tennis history took 29 minutes and featured the ball crossing the net 643 times in a 1984 women’s match. Young aussie player Bernard Tomic (nicknamed “tomic the tank engine”) lost a match last year in 28 minutes.

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MLB facts

MLB facts

Major League Baseball teams use about 850,000 balls per season.

MLB facts

Between 1959 and 1962, there were two All Star Games played each season. The second game was intended to raise money for the players' pension funds, as well as for other causes.

MLB facts

The record for the most career innings in Major League Baseball is held by Cy Young with 7,356.

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Golf facts

Golf facts

Up until the mid 19th century, golf balls were typically made of feathers. The feathers had to be boiled to make them soft and they were then stuffed into a leather pouch, which was subsequently sewn up into a ball shape.

Golf facts

The first golf balls used in are believed to have been made out of wood.

Golf facts

Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters Tournament when he was 21 years old with a score of 270. He was the first person of color to win the tournament since it was played in 1934. Jack Nicklaus has won the Masters tournament six times—more than anyone else.

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Olympic Games facts

Olympic Games facts

Tug of war was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.

Olympic Games facts

Liechtenstein has competed in the most summer Olympics (16) without winning any medal.

Olympic Games facts

Host Greece won the most medals (47) at the first Olympic Summer Games in 1896.

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Formula One facts

Formula One facts

F1 - Over a race weekend, a driver will change gear about 8,000 times.

Formula One facts

Formula 1 drivers are subjected to forces of up to 5G when racing – meaning that in a very high-speed corner, their body will experience pressure five times greater than their body weight.

Formula One facts

Formula One drivers experience forces up to 5G when taking sharp corners — meaning they experience a lateral force of about five times their own weight.

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Hockey facts

Hockey facts

The original Stanley Cup was just seven inches high. The names of every player from each winning team is engraved on the base of the Cup. The cup and base now stands 35 inches high.

Hockey facts

The standard North American ice rink is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide.

Hockey facts

Regulation hockey nets are six feet wide and four feet tall.

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American Football facts

American Football facts

For some reason, over half of the NBA’s ex-players (60%) are flat broke and bankrupt after only five years out of the league.

American Football facts

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons in the NBA, holds the record for most points in a career (38,387).

American Football facts

Former NBA star Calvin Murphy has 14 illegitimate kids by 9 women.

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Athletics facts

Athletics facts

The record for most marathons run on consecutive days is 365! Belgian runner Stefaan Engels, knows as the “Marathon Man” set the record in 2011, aged 49!

Athletics facts

Jesse won 4 gold medals in the 1936 Olympics for 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4x100 relay. It was an especially great accomplishment as he did this in Berlin, Germany as a black man in front of Adolf Hitler! 

Athletics facts

Roger Bannister held the world record in the mile for exactly 46 days.

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Famous Sports Persons facts

Famous Sports Persons facts

When Ian Thorpe first started swimming as a young boy he had an allergy to chlorine which meant he had to keep his head above the water as he swam.

Famous Sports Persons facts

Boxing legend Rocky Marciano invented the fax machine.

Famous Sports Persons facts

Michael Jordan won the NBA’s MVP award 5 times during his career (1987/88, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1995/96, and 1997/98). He also won Rookie of the year (1984/85) and was an all-star 14 times.

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History Of Sports facts

History Of Sports facts

The first Sports Illustrated came out on August 16 1954. Pictured on the cover was the Milwaukee Braves Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium.

History Of Sports facts

Beach volleyball first became a summer Olympic sport in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In that first year of beach volleyball at the Olympics the United States men and the Brazilian women won the gold medals.

History Of Sports facts

President Ronald Reagan was the first President of the United States to watch a Major League Baseball game from the dugout.

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Soccer facts

soccer facts

When the Americans defeated favorite England in the 1950 World Cup, the story goes that many newspapers around the world believed the 1-0 score to be a typo and instead printed that England won 10-1.

soccer facts

During the 1974 world cup in Munich, national teams were given BMW buses for transportation. After being eliminated, Zaire unsuccessfully tried to drive theirs back to Africa.

soccer facts

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, played goalie for the amateur Portsmouth association football club, which would eventually become the Portsmouth professional team that won the FA cup in 2008.

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Sports Rules facts

Sports Rules facts

In professional hockey, a goalie is prohibited from crossing the red line that marks center ice. Plenty of goalies have still figured out how to involve themselves in their teams’ offense, however.

Sports Rules facts

In the Olympics, racewalkers are mandated to have one of their two feet on the ground at all time.

Sports Rules facts

According to the official Major League Baseball rule book, baseball games “are to last 9 innings or two and one-half hours, whichever comes first.”

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Sports Records facts

Sports Records facts

The record for most marathons run on consecutive days is 365! Belgian runner Stefaan Engels, knows as the “Marathon Man” set the record in 2011, aged 49!

Sports Records facts

The oldest Olympic medalist received his medal at age 83. His name was Anders Haugen and he was a ski-jumper. He competed in 1924, but because of a scoring error he did not receive his bronze medal until 1974, 50 years after he should have received it.

Sports Records facts

The record for most marathons run on consecutive days is 365! Belgian runner Stefaan Engels, knows as the “Marathon Man” set the record in 2011, aged 49!

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Sport Terms facts

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Sport Trophies facts

Sport Trophies facts

The 1912 Olympics was the last time that gold medals were solid gold.

Sport Trophies facts

The original Stanley Cup was just seven inches high. The names of every player from each winning team is engraved on the base of the Cup. The cup and base now stands 35 inches high.

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US Sports facts

US Sports facts

Major League Baseball umpires are required to wear black underwear while on the job in case they split their pants.

US Sports facts

The silhouette on the NBA logo is Hall of Fame Laker Jerry West.

US Sports facts

President Ronald Reagan was the first President of the United States to watch a Major League Baseball game from the dugout.

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Wimbledon facts

Wimbledon facts

John Isner and Nicholas Mahut (the 70-68 Wimbledon match) played 183 games over those three days, which beat the previous record of 112 games (set when there no tiebreaks for any set) by 71 games, which is just insanity.

Wimbledon facts

The grass at Wimbledon was kept two inches long until 1949 when an English player was bitten by a snake.

Wimbledon facts

Slazenger has provided all the tennis ball for Wimbledon tournament since 1902.

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Winter Sports facts

Winter Sports facts

Bobsleighs can attain speeds of over 100 mph.

Winter Sports facts

250 athletes coming from 16 nations competed in the 16 events of the first Winter Olympics.

Winter Sports facts

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation was founded in 1923.

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Basketball facts

basketball facts

The Boston Celtics franchise has won the most NBA championships (16) in history.

basketball facts

Lenny Wilkens has won and lost more basketball games than any other coach.

basketball facts

Basketball became an official Olympic event in Berlin, Germany in 1936.

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Baseball facts

Baseball facts

The first World Series was played between Pittsburgh and Boston in 1903 and was a nine-game series. Boston won the series 5-3.

Baseball facts

The first baseball caps were made of straw.

Baseball facts

Most broken Major League bats are sent to third world countries where they are used as building materials and crude weapons.

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Boxing facts

Boxing facts

Sugar Ray Leonard amassed a career record of 36 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw. At various points in his career he held the NABF Welterweight title, WBC & The Ring Welterweight titles, WBA & The Ring Light Middleweight titles, WBA Welterweight, WBC and The Ring Middleweight titles, and WBC Light Heavyweight and WBC Super Middleweight titles. He retired after his third loss to Hector Camacho in 1997.

Boxing facts

Boxing was filmed for the first time in 1894 in a match between Mike Leonard and Jack Cushing.

Boxing facts

The International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) is located in in Canastota, New York. It is within driving distance of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta.

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Cycling facts

Cycling facts

The longest tandem bike ever built had 35 seats and was about 67 feet long!

Cycling facts

The most expensive bike ever, a Trek Madone or the "Butterfly Bike" designed by artist Damien Hirst, was auctioned for $500,000 at Sotherby's.

Cycling facts

The largest rideable bicycle has a wheel diameter of 3.3 m (10 ft 9.92 in) and was built by Didi Senft from Germany

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