43 Cool Sports Facts


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1. The song Take Me Out to the Ballgame was heard 250 different ways in a 1994 Ken Burns documentary.
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2. During WWII, because a lot of players were called to duty, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles combined to become The Steagles.
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3. Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game.
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4. From a complete stop, a human is capable of outrunning a Formula One Race car for about 30 feet!
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5. In the 1930's, American track star Jesse Owens used to race against horses and dogs to earn a living.
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6. A 'face-off' in hockey was originally called a 'puck-off'.
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7. Tug of War was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.
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8. 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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9. Bob Hope and Billy Joel were both once boxers.
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10. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
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11. When pitched, the average Major League baseball rotates 15 times before being hit.
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12. The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches!
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13. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers founded in 1744, is the world's oldest golf club!
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14. No high jumper has ever been able to stay off the ground for more than one second.
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15. The Economist describes Rupert Murdoch as "inventing the modern tabloid", as he developed a pattern for his newspapers, increasing sports and scandal coverage and adopting eye-catching headlines.
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16. The practice of identifying baseball players by number was started by the Yankees in 1929.
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17. Pittsburgh is the only city where all major sports teams have the same colors: Black and gold.
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18. Today's top fuel dragsters take off with more force than the space shuttle.
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19. Babe Ruth wore No. 3 because he batted third.
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20. Everton FC used to be called St Domingo's FC!
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21. Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.
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22. The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.
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23. The odds of getting a hole-in-one in golf are estimated at about 18,000-to-1.
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24. At horse race tracks, the favorite wins fewer than 30% of the time!
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25. Three consective strikes in bowling is called a turkey.
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26. The Stanley Cup originally was only seven and a half inches high.
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27. Most NASCAR Teams use nitrogen in their tires instead of air.
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28. The height of a bowling pin is equal to its circumference.
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29. So that's how they cheat - a microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball.
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30. Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool! He changed it every 2 innings!
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31. Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.
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32. In England, the top three most viewed sports on TV are soccer, Formula One auto racing and boxing.
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33. The first baseball caps were made of straw.
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34. The Pittsburgh Steelers were originally called the Pirates.
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35. In 1910 football teams were penalized 15 yards for an incompleted forward pass.
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36. Racehorses can wear out new horse shoes in one race.
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37. The word 'gymnasium' comes from the Greek word gymnazein which means 'to exercise naked.'"
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38. The most popular sport as a topic for a film is boxing.
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39. The state sport of Maryland is Jousting.
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40. People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.
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41. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team his sophomore year.
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42. All major league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job!
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43. Prior to 1900, prize fights lasted up to 100 rounds.

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