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NBA facts

NBA facts

The Houston Rockets did not discover until the 14th game of the 1984–85 NBA season that their home arena rims were set at 9-feet, 7-inches.

NBA facts

Only 72 players in NBA history have attempted more free throws in their careers than the 5,317 Shaquille O’Neal missed.

NBA facts

Michael Jordan is regarded as the greatest to ever have played basketball, but the 1984 NBA Draft, he didn’t get selected in the first round and was passed over by the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.

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Tennis facts

tennis facts

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

tennis facts

The longest tennis match took place at Wimbledon 2010 when John Isner of the United States beat Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes, played over three days, June 22, 23 and 24.

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.

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MLB facts

MLB facts

Only two games in All Star history have ended in ties. The first, in 1961, occurred when the game was halted in the 9th because of rain. Then in 2002, the game was called when both teams ran out of pitchers in the 11th inning and Commissioner Bud Selig called the game.

MLB facts

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool and changed it every two innings.

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

The four major events in professional golf are the British Open, the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship. The four events form what is known as the Grand Slam of golf. No player has ever won all four majors in the same year.

Golf facts

The two golf balls Alan Shephard hit on the Moon with a six-iron (One that went into a crater another that “sailed for miles and miles”) are still there.

Golf facts

The average golf ball has 336 dimples.

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Olympic Games facts

Olympic Games facts

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

Olympic Games facts

Greece is the only country to have participated in every olympics under its own flag.

Olympic Games facts

Only four athletes have ever won medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games: Eddie Eagan (United States), Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (East Germany), and Clara Hughes (Canada).

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Formula One facts

Formula One facts

A Formula One car has a minimum weight of 1,415 pounds (642 kg), excluding fuel.

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

Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieuxare the only players to be named MVP of three NHL All-Star games.

Hockey facts

The first player who accumulate more than 300 penalty minutes in a single season was Philadelphia Flyer Dave Schultz, who had 348 penalty minuted in 1974. The next year, he broke his record with 472 penalty minutes, still the record.

Hockey facts

Michigan has won the most Division I College Hockey Championships with nine, the last one in 1998.

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American Football facts

American Football facts

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

American Football facts

Only 72 players in NBA history have attempted more free throws in their careers than the 5,317 Shaquille O’Neal missed.

American Football facts

The Houston Rockets did not discover until the 14th game of the 1984–85 NBA season that their home arena rims were set at 9-feet, 7-inches.

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Athletics facts

Athletics facts

The Decathlon has been included in the Olympic Games since 1912. The decathlon comprises 10 different events, with points are awarded for each event with the overall winner having the most points.

Athletics facts

Women were excluded from the Boston Marathon until 1972. But that didn’t stop them. In 1966, Roberta Gibbs, hid behind a bush and jumped out to complete the run and finished “unofficially” in 3:21:25! She was the first woman to complete the course.

Athletics facts

The men\’s long jump world record has been broken once since 1969.

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Famous Sports Persons facts

Famous Sports Persons facts

Babe Ruth once said he knew he didn’t swing hard enough if “a little poop didn’t come out.”

Famous Sports Persons facts

Carl Lewis's real name was Frederick Carlton Lewis. His parents ran a local athletic club and by the age of 13 Carl was already competing in long jump.

Famous Sports Persons facts

At college Mark Spitz was known by his teammates as "Mark the Shark".

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History Of Sports facts

History Of Sports facts

The first Boston Marathon was run in 1897. It was won by John J. McDermott of the United States in a time of 2:55:10, which was, of course, the first course record. Women did not run in that first Boston Marathon and were not officially sanctioned as participants until 1972.

History Of Sports facts

Major League Baseball held its first night game on May 24, 1935 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati where the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.

History Of Sports facts

Frank Robinson was the first major league baseball player to earn the MVP award in both leagues. He won the National League MVP award in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and the American League MVP in 1966 with Baltimore Orioles.

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Soccer facts

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.

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.

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Sports Rules facts

Sports Rules facts

MLB's rules state that if a ball becomes lodged in an umpire’s mask, all runners will advance one base.

Sports Rules facts

In world football, goalies may be replaced during any point of regulation time or overtime, but not during a shootout. The only caveat to this is if the goalie gets injured.

Sports Rules facts

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

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Sports Records facts

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Sport Terms facts

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Sport Trophies facts

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US Sports facts

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Wimbledon facts

Wimbledon facts

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

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.

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Winter Sports facts

Winter Sports facts

The state sport of Alabama is figure skating.

Winter Sports facts

Ice hockey is nicknamed 'The Fastest Game on Earth'

Winter Sports facts

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation was founded in 1923.

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Basketball facts

basketball facts

The Chicago Bulls franchise have amazingly won all six NBA Finals series in which they have played in.

basketball facts

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

basketball facts

Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game.

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Baseball facts

Baseball facts

Pitcher Nolan Ryan played 27 seasons in major league baseball and struck out more batters in his career than any other pitcher.

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

A microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball.

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Boxing facts

Boxing facts

When 7-1 underdog Cassisus Clay (who would change his name to Muhammad Ali days later) defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach in 1964, the 16,000-seat arena was half-empty.

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

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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