Maureen Connolly (in 1953), Margaret Smith Court (in 1970), and Steffi Graf (in 1988) are the only three women's tennis players to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year.
Tennis Equipment has changed over the years. Early wooden tennis rackets were replaced with graphite rackets.
Pete Sampras is tennis's all-time biggest money winner with over $40 million in career earnings.
During the 1932 Walker Cup, golfer Leonard Crawley accidentally hit his ball in the wrong direction and it ended up hitting and denting the Walker Cup trophy.
The Ryder Cup is the most prestigious team golf event. It is played every two years between a team of European golfers and a team of American golfers.
The four major's in women's professional golf are the U.S. Open, the Women's British Open, the LPGA championship, and the Nabisco Championship. The four events form what is known as the Women's Grand Slam of golf. No player has ever won all four events in the same year.
Olympic Games facts
Chris Evert won 125-straight matches on clay, from aug. 12, 1973 to may 12, 1979. Amazingly though, that run included just two French Open titles.
The 1912 Olympics was the last time that gold medals were solid gold.
Greece is the only country to have participated in every olympics under its own flag.
Formula One facts
Formula 1 cars have around 800bhp but only weigh 640kgs including the driver. That means they have similar power to a Bugatti Veyron in a car that has around half the weight of a new Mini.
A Formula One car is made up of about 80,000 components.
F1 - When a car is driving in the wet, the tyres get rid of 250 litres of water per second – enough to fill a large bath.
The first organized indoor hockey game was played March 3, 1875 at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink, between two teams of nine players each, many of whom were McGill University students.
Superstar Wayne Gretzky has won the NHL scoring title a record 10 times.
In the 1985-86 season, Edmonton Oilers center Wayne Gretzky scored 215 points, breaking his own record that he set four years earlier. Of the top 10 best-scoring seasons of all-time, “The Great One” has eight of them.
American Football facts
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons in the NBA, holds the record for most points in a career (38,387).
Romanian centre Gheorghe Muresan is the tallest man ever to play in the NBA, standing a towering 7’7″, who spent a total of five seasons in the league.
Shaquille O’Neal has every player beat with with a shoe size of 24-EEE. The largest in NBA histroy.
In 1935 Jesse Owens broke four world records in 45 minutes.
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.
Roger Bannister held the world record in the mile for exactly 46 days.
Famous Sports Persons facts
When Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) was 12 years old his bike was stolen. He told a policeman, who also happened to be a boxing coach, that he was going to "whup" the thief. The policeman told him that he ought to learn to box first!
Hockey legend Gordie Howe suffers from cryophobia, the extreme fear of cold and ice.
Boxing legend Rocky Marciano invented the fax machine.
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.
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.
President Ronald Reagan was the first President of the United States to watch a Major League Baseball game from the dugout.
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.
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.
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.
Sports Rules facts
In the Olympics, racewalkers are mandated to have one of their two feet on the ground at all time.
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.
MLB's rules state that if a ball becomes lodged in an umpire’s mask, all runners will advance one base.
Winter Sports facts
The state sport of Alabama is figure skating.
250 athletes coming from 16 nations competed in the 16 events of the first Winter Olympics.
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.
The Chicago Bulls franchise have amazingly won all six NBA Finals series in which they have played in.
Michael Jordan, who retired in January 1999 but returned to the league in 2001, has scored more points (5,987) in the playoffs than any other player.
Michael Jordan, has scored more points (5,987) in the playoffs than any other player in basketball history.
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.
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 was filmed for the first time in 1894 in a match between Mike Leonard and Jack Cushing.