30 Professional Sports Facts That You Won’t Believe
30 Professional Sports Facts That You Won't Believe
Sport -- we all love it. That's presumably why you decided to read this slideshow article on 30 facts that you will most likely find interesting and possibly by shocked by!
From the popular American sports to Europe's favorite, soccer, there are tonnes of statistics and facts that fill up web pages and books. Some have come from bizarre moments in history, and others from momentous turns of fate that result in some incredible stories. Others are just little anecdotes from across the world that tell a lot about how we got to where we are today.
However, it's not just the popular sports that bring up the interesting facts. The niche ones also provide some unique little facts that, for at least a minute, make us interested. Some of these allow us to open our eyes to the way people participate in sport, but also serves to amuse us as people make mistakes, or somehow don't realize that a sport could be evolved into something better.
No matter what the fact is, the facts themselves are written pieces of information telling us about the times in the past where something happened that we all wish we could have seen ourselves. When you watch your favorite team this weekend, who knows what will happen and how long that memory will last in the sports history? Enjoy!
30. Commonwealth Monkeys
To protect the 2010 Commonwealth Games from security threats and wild animals, the organizers of the Delhi games deployed all the usual security measures, as well as 38 Langur monkeys trained to protect.
29. 10.5-second Knockout
Despite having passed away in 2000, Former welterweight boxer Aurele "Al" Couture has the record for the quickest recorded knockout in professional boxing. Ralph Walton was the victim in 1946 as Couture knocked him out in just 10.5 seconds.
28. 116 Lanes
The Inazawa Bowling Centre in Japan opened in 1972 and is the world's biggest bowling alley with 116 lanes.
27. Longest MLB Game
On May 1, 1920, the Brooklyn Robins played Boston Braves, a game that lasted a massive 26 innings. It was a tie, and called off due to darkness.
26. Kentucky Derby Fool
During the 1957 Kentucky Derby, a horse named Gallant Man was on course to take the victory in the USA's biggest horse racing event. It appeared he had the race won. But incredibly with around 110 yards to go, the jockey made a shocking mistake and believed he had already past the finishing line. He stood up, only to soon realise he was quite some way short and eventually lost the race.
25. Jesse Owens vs. Animal
Jesse Owens is known for his domination during the 1936 Olympic Games, but he had to make a living somehow before that, and so he was paid by crowds to watch him take on horses and dogs in sprints.
24. Michigan University's 550-0 Football Score
In 1901, the University of Michigan managed to clock up a total season score of 550-0 when combining all of their results. Their astonishing season saw the largest win being a 128-0 thumping over Buffalo, while the smallest win was 21-0 against Ohio State.
23. Most Played Sport
Fishing is the biggest participant sport in the world. Yep that's right. From local streams to oceans and giant rivers, the fact that you can take part at any age is surely the main reason.
22. Mother Knocks Out Son
Steve McCarthy was an undefeated light heavyweight boxer. But on September 21 1989, things took a turn for the worse as he suffered a technical knockout ... but unexpectedly. With McCarthy on the brink of victory himself, his mother slipped under the ropes, into the ring and started smacking her son on the head with one of her own shoes. The cut that resulted on her son's head meant the referee had little option but to call a technical knockout.
I couldn't believe it at first either, but Chess is an IOC recognized sport!
20. Chess Moves
Chess facts probably don't sound very interesting, but there are 318,979,564,000 ways of playing the first four turns in a game of chess. There are 169,518,829,100,544,000,000,000,000,000 ways of playing the first 10 turns.
19. Longest Televised Putt
Sir Terry Wogan, a now-retired British TV and radio presenter, not a professional golfer, has the record for the longest putt caught on camera. It was an astonishing 200-foot turn of luck.
In 1977, the New Jersey Nets fielded an entire line-up of left-handed players -- an NBA first. However, they still lost the game 22-60, which happened to be the worst result that season.
17. Soccer Player Ate a Red Card
Fernando d’Ercoli in 1989 was so furious that the referee had sent him off that he took the card and ate it.
16. Why are NHL shirts white and dark?
It is believed that the true reason for home NHL teams wearing white and away wearing dark is because in the 1960s, the teams decided it would be easier to keep the uniforms from looking less dirty if they were dark while they were on their travels.
15. Moon Golf
Golf is the only sport to have been played in space. On February 6, 1971, astronaut Alan Shepard hit two golf balls while on the lunar surface.
14. Dundee United's Impressive 100 percent Record
Having played the club considered the best team in the world, FC Barcelona, four times, Dundee United have a unique record of a 100 percent win percentage vs. Barca.
13. First Ever Football Team With Insignia
The first professional football team to sport an insignia on their helmets was the Los Angeles Rams in 1950, the team painted yellow horns on their helmets, which would soon catch on differently for each team.
12. Pitched Complete Game After Being Struck by Lightning
Somehow, Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell recorded a complete game against the Philadelphia A's in 1919, despite being hit by lightning in the middle of the ninth inning.
11. Pooping Your Pants Midgame
During the 1990 World Cup in Italy, England's legendary striker Gary Lineker failed to control the fact that nature was ... doing its business. He was soon attempting to deal with the matter by moving about on the grass.
10. Not So Gold Medals
Despite being widely presumed that they are made of gold, the 1912 Olympics was the last time that gold medals were solid gold. Ever since, they've been metal compounds with gold plating.
9. Professional Kite Flying
Despite being seen as a child's game in the majority of the western world, Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.
8. 5,317 Free Throws Misses In An NBA Career
Retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is considered one of the greats on the NBA but when he retired in 2010, he left with 5,317 missed free throws.
7. NFL Lineman Weight Loss
An NFL lineman can shed up to nine pounds of water weight during a game.
6. The Arsene Wenger Asteroid
Frenchman Arsene Wenger, the soccer manager of English Premier League club Arsenal, has an asteroid named after him, as the man who discovered it was a Gooner (nickname for Arsenal fans). Ian P. Griffin discovered it in 1998.
5. $600 million Golf Balls
Americans spend around an astonishing $600 million a year on golf balls.
4. Crime Fighting Hernandez
Police in Mexico have stated that when Manchester United and Mexico soccer player Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez plays, the crime rate in the nation goes down significantly. But what is more bizarre is that they also believe the birth rate increases.
3. NBA Players Go Bust
According to a study by Toronto Star in 2008, it is believed that 60 percent of retired NBA players go broke just five years after their NBA careers come to a close.
2. 500-foot Ted Williams
In 1941, Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams created a record as he smashed a pop fly that rocketed more than 560 feet in the air.
1. Basketball Without Nets
Until 1906, nobody had thought of putting a hole in the bottom of the baskets for basketball. Instead, they had a tiny hole that you would poke the ball back up through. They also originally used soccer balls until a Spalding one was used that is similar to today's. But the fact nobody ever thought of putting a hole in the baskets is quite amusing.