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20 Fun and Interesting Sports Facts

We have compiled 20 trivial sporting facts for you to Wow your mates and/or to win in a pub quiz. Enjoy!

1. The name ‘Federer’ can be typed entirely with the left-hand. 

2. The average golf ball has 336 dimples.
3. The phrase about winning something “hands down” originally referred to a jockey who won a race without whipping his horse or pulling back the reins.

4. 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, than won the FA Cup in 2008.
5. The 5 Olympic rings represent the 5 major regions of the world - Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania, and every national flag in the world includes one of the 5 colours, which are (from left to right) blue, yellow, black, green and red.


6. Tiger Woods’ actual name is Eldrick Woods. He was named Tiger after one of his father’s friends, who was a soldier in Vietnam. 


7. A common golf superstition is to carry coins in your pockets for good luck.
8. Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.


9. The very first Olympic race, held in 776 BC, was won by Coroebus, a chef.


10. Golf is the only sport to be played on the moon. On 6th February 1971, Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the moon.
11. Golf was banned in England in 1457 because it was considered a distraction from the serious pursuit of archery.
12. In July 1934, Babe Ruth paid a fan $20 for the return of the baseball he hit for his 700th career home run.

13. Bulgaria was the only soccer team in 1994 World Cup in which all 11 players’ last names ended with the letters “OV”.

14. Australian Rules football was originally designed to give cricketers something to play during the off season.

15. Honey is used as a center for golf balls and in antifreeze mixtures.


16. Racehorses have been known to wear out new shoes in one race.
17. Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell recorded a complete game against the Philadelphia A’s in 1919, after he was struck by lightning in the middle of the ninth inning. Caldwell “shook it off” and got the final out for the win.


18. Live Pigeon Shooting was actually an Olympic Sport. At the 1900 Summer Games in Paris, hundreds of pigeons were released in front of the competitors.
19. 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, home run. 


20. The official sport for the State of Maryland is jousting. 

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