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NBA facts

NBA facts

Michael Jordan was once one of the best high school pitchers in North Carolina.

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

Shaquille O’Neal has every player beat with with a shoe size of 24-EEE. The largest in NBA histroy.

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Tennis facts

tennis facts

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

tennis facts

In 1985, Germany's Boris Becker won the Wimbledon tournament at the young age of 17.

tennis facts

As an amateur in 1962, Australia's Rod Laver won all four men's Grand Slam titles . He became the only player to accomplish the feat twice when he did it again in 1969 as a professional.

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MLB facts

MLB facts

The only All Star Game to be cancelled was in 1945, because of severe wartime travel restrictions.

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

The actual playing time in an MLB game is nine minutes and 55 seconds, despite routinely finishing at around three hours.

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Golf facts

Golf facts

Golf is the only sport played on the moon. On February 6th, 1971, Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.

Golf facts

The Longest Hole in the World is the 7th hole (par 7) of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan.  It measures a long 909 yards.

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

There have been three Olympic games held in countries that no longer exist.

Olympic Games facts

China did not win an Olympic medal until 1984. At the 2008 Beijing games, the chinese won 100 medals.

Olympic Games facts

At the first modern Olympics, winners were awarded silver medals.

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Formula One facts

Formula One facts

The front suspension of a Formula 1 car is so strong that it can withstand two tonnes of pressure. That means that those carbon fibre rods that connect the wheels to the main body could have an adult bull on top of them without breaking.

Formula One facts

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.

Formula One facts

F1 - Under extreme braking, some drivers have said that this force is so great that their tear ducts squirt water into their visors.

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Hockey facts

Hockey facts

The Stanley Cup was originally two stories tall but was deemed too difficult to transport.

Hockey facts

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

Hockey facts

Canada is widely considered to be the birthplace of hockey. The Hockey Hall of Fame is in Toronto, Canada. There is also a U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame for the players, coaches, etc. who are American born.

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American Football facts

American Football facts

Rasheed Wallace holds the current NBA record for most technical fouls in a season. At the close of the 2012-2013 season, he had 317 technical fouls in his career.

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

Shaquille O’Neal has every player beat with with a shoe size of 24-EEE. The largest in NBA histroy.

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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

In 1932, American Mildred "Babe" Didriksen won medals in high jumping (silver), 80m hurdles (gold) and the javelin (gold). She is the only athlete to ever medal in all three events.

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

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

Famous Sports Persons facts

Emil Zatopek made funny and painful faces as he ran, winning him the nicknames "Emil the Terrible" and "the Czech Locomotive". He often trained wearing heavy work boots!

Famous Sports Persons facts

Boxing legend Rocky Marciano invented the fax machine.

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History Of Sports facts

History Of Sports facts

The first NBA All-Star Game was played in 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Garden. The East won the game 111-94. The MVP of the game was Ed Macauley of the Boston Celtics. The winning coach was Joe Lapchick, who was the coach of the New York Knicks at the time.

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.

History Of Sports facts

In a career that spanned 1973 to 1987, Marvelous Marvin Hagler amassed a career record of 62 wins (52 by knockout), 3 losses, and 2 draws.

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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

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 professional golf, signing the scorecard is evidently of utmost importance. If a golfer does not sign his or her scorecard, he or she is disqualified from the event.

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

Sports Records facts

In 1935 Jesse Owens broke four world records in 45 minutes.

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

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

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.

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Wimbledon facts

Wimbledon facts

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

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 International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation was founded in 1923.

Winter Sports facts

The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France in 1924.

Winter Sports 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.

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Basketball facts

basketball facts

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

basketball facts

Michael Jordan, has scored more points (5,987) in the playoffs than any other player in basketball history.

basketball 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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Baseball facts

Baseball facts

Baseballs were originally made from the foreskins of horses.

Baseball facts

Former Yankees Mickey Mantle currently holds the record for most home runs (18) and RBI (40) in World Series history.

Baseball facts

Sammy Sosa has three of the eight 60-home run seasons in baseball history.

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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

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.

Boxing facts

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

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Cycling facts

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

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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