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