Trivia & Useless Facts
At one point in August 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first professional team to field nine players who were either black or Latino. Coincidentally, this was the same year that they won the World Series.
Soldier's Field is the oldest field in the NFL.
The first professional football team to sport an insignia on their helmets was the Los Angeles Rams in 1950, who hand painted yellow horns on their blue, leather helmets.
In 1935 Jesse Owens broke 4 world records in 45 minutes.
In the 1950's the hula hoop was banned in Tokyo due to the large number of traffic accidents it caused.
The 1957 Milwaukee Braves were the first baseball team to win the World Series after being relocated.
Kresimir Cosic is only non-American player in NBA Hall of Fame.
In the four major US professional sports, (Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey) there are only seven teams whose nicknames do not end with an "S."
Basketball: The Miami Heat, The Utah Jazz, The Orlando Magic.
Baseball: The Boston Red Sox, The Chicago White Sox.
Hockey: The Colorado Avalanche, The Tampa Bay Lightning. Football: None.
A forfeited game is baseball is recorded as a 9-0 score. In football it is 1-0.
The hammer throw is illegal as a high school sport in all states except Rhode Island.
The Toronto Maple leafs used to be called the Toronto Arenas, then the St. Patricks and finally the Maple Leafs.
Pro golfer Wayne Levi was the first PGA pro to win a tournament using a colored (orange) ball. He did it in the Hawaiian Open in 1982.
The only two people in the baseball hall of fame that had nothing to do with baseball (i.e they did not play, coach, own a team, etc.) are Abbott and Costello.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the only city in the U.S. with three sports teams that all wear the same colors.
In 1986 Danny Heep became the first player in a World Series to be a designated hitter (DH) with the initials "D.H."
Max Baer once shouted out in the middle of a world title boxing fight 'Ma, he's killing me!'
Decatur, Illinois was the original home of what is now the Chicago Bears (then the Stalley Bears.)
The sport with highest ratio of officials to participants is tennis. A singles match should have 13; ten linesmen, one net, one foot-fault, plus an umpire.
More Hollywood films have been made about boxing than about any other sport. Source: David Katz-Doft
The Yale Crew team was the first college sports team, started in 1843. The Yale-Harvard crew race was the first, and the longest-running American intercollegiate sports event. The first race was held in 1852.
Jackie Robinson was the only person to letter in four sports at UCLA. Of all of them, he supposedly liked baseball the least.
The only person to be elected to both the baseball and football Hall of Fames is Cal Hubbard.
A bowling pin need only tilt 7.5 degrees in order to fall down. Source: Steve Turano
In the whole history of ice hockey, only one player has died from an injury he received on the ice. Source: "Hockey book" (Sorry, that's the best I could do!! Have to assume they are meaning professional player.)
The NBA (National Basketball Association) is celebrating its 50th year. The top-payed player that first year was the Detroit Falcon's Tom King who made $16,500. He managed this salary by not only playing for the team (salary $8,000 plus a $500 signing bonus) but also by convincing the team owner to hire him to be the publicity manager and business director for which he was paid an additional $8,000. Photos exist of King, still in his uniform with a typewriter on the bleachers, hammering out a press release after a game. Source: "American Heritage" magazine
Rules govern the size, weight, compression, and performance of tennis balls. However, until 1978, a player could legally use absolutely anything as a tennis racket. Source: "Invention & Technology" magazine
Chuck Conners, best known as "The Rifleman," played for the Boston Celtics in the first year of the NBA (National Basketball Association). His game was not much to speak of. He could run, and he could rebound, but he was a poor shot, averaging 4.6 points a game while making only 24% of his field-goal tries at a time when 28 to 30% was respectable. He was more renowned for his theatrical antics. Source: "American Heritage" magazine
There is all of 6 grams of gold in an Olympic Gold medal.
St. Bernard is the patron saint of skiers.
The only bone not broken so far during any ski accident is one located in the inner ear.
The silhouette on the NBA logo is Jerry West.
Jerry West is also the silhouette for the Mountaineer which stands outside the Mountainlair (student center) at West Virginia University.
The silhouette on the Major League Baseball logo is Harmon Killebrew.
In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first, and only, homerun.
The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.
The two quickest goals scored in the NHL were three seconds apart.
Dartboards are made out of horse hairs.
Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.
When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.
Chris Ford scored the first ever NBA three-point shot.
Will Clark of the Texas Rangers is a direct descendant of William Clark of Lewis and Clark.
The pitches that Babe Ruth hit for his last-ever homerun and that Joe DiMaggio hit for his first-ever homerun where thrown by the same man.
Joe DiMaggio had more home runs than strikeouts during his career.
Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.
The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
In case you ever find yourself piloting a dogsled, shout "Jee!" to make the dogs turn left and "Ha!" to go right.
Olympic Badminton rules say that the bird has to have exactly fourteen feathers.
A game of pool is referred to as a "frame."
The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continually held sports event in the United States (1875); the second oldest is the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show (1876).
The last NASCAR driver to serve jail time for running moonshine was Buddy Arrington.
Race car is a palindrome. What's a palindrome, you ask? Something spelled the same way forward and backwards!
No NFL team which plays it's home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl. (Texas Stadium, home of the Cowboys, is not a dome, there is a large hole in the roof.)
The Los Angeles Rams were the first U.S. football team to introduce emblems on their helmets.
The home team must provide the referee with 24 footballs for each National Football League game.
Steve Young, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is the great-great-grandson of Mormon leader Brigham Young.
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
The Cincinnati Reds baseball team name was officially changed to the Redlegs during the anti-communist movement.
Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to105.6 miles per hour.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golfball.
The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 oz.
While the Chinese invented gunpowder, they were not the first to develop firearms.
Sam Colt invented the "revolving pistol." Therefore, all revolvers are correctly called pistols.
A 12 gauge "rifled slug" does not spin, even though there are grooves on it's bearing surface. A slug actually travels like a dart.
Revolvers cannot be silenced, due to all the noisy gasses which escape the cylinder gap at the rear of the barrel.
A bullet fired from the 7.62 x 51mm NATO cartridge (also called the .308 Winchester) is still supersonic at 1000 yards.
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and the late M*A*S*H star McLean Stevenson were both once assistant football coaches at Northwestern University.
Baseballer Connie Mack's real name was Cornelius McGilicuddy.
Australian Rules Football was originally designed to give cricketers something to play during the off season.
Seven Olympic gold medal winners eventually went on to win the Heavyweight Championship of the World
Many Japanese golfers carry "hole-in-one" insurance, because it is traditional in Japan to share one's good luck by sending gifts to all your friends when you get an "ace." The price for what the Japanese term an "albatross" can often reach $10,000.
Cathy Rigby is the only woman to pose nude for Sports Illustrated. (August 1972)
Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.
Top English soccer club Liverpool were formed because their local enemies, Everton, couldn't pay the rent for their stadium. Therefore Liverpool took over at the stadium (Anfield) and became England's top soccer team ever.