Are you someone who is always in search of sports quizzes and updates, always up to play your favorite sports, or would not get off your couch to watch all the games? This article might be the right one for you. We will discuss some of the weird sports facts that you must know if you are a true sports enthusiast!
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13) In 1962, Maryland became the first to adopt a state sport by adopting jousting as its official sport.
This Is the First Game to Be Announced as a State Sport.
- A. Bo-Taoushi
- B. Jousting
- C. Wife Carrying
- D. Underwater Hockey
12) Kite flying is not a casual sport you can only play in your leisure time. In Thailand, kite flying is a professional sport. It is one of the ancient sports that kings once played.
11) The Olympic flag contains five interlaced rings, each in different colors, including blue, yellow, black, green, and red. These five rings represent five continents of the world, and the colors were selected as at least one of these colors can be found on every flag in the world.
10) The longest ever tennis match was played between John Isner of the US and Nicolas Mahut of France(6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68). After the match lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes played for 3 days(June 22, 23, and 24), John Isner won the match.
9) In 1972, The Dallas Cowboys became the first team to hire a professional NFL cheerleading squad. Originally, the squad was named ‘Cowbelles & Beaux.’ Later in the year 1969, the all-female squad was changed to ‘Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.’
8) Alan Shepard, an astronaut was sent to the moon in 1971. When he arrived, he attempted and succeeded in batting a golf ball on the moon that was calculated to have flown for 70 seconds as far as 4,000 meters. Hence, golf became the only sport that was played on the moon.
7) Umpires of Major League Baseball must wear black underwear to work, just in case they split their pants.
6) Steve Young is a great-great-great-grandson of the second President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young. Yes, you guessed it right, the Brigham Young University was named after him.
5) In 1934, Babe Ruth hit the 700th home run of his Major League career. The ball was estimated to have traveled about 500 feet. Babe Ruth announced that whoever returns the ball to him, would be offered $20. It turns out, 17-year-old Lenny Beals was the one to receive it. He received the announced price amount and also was taken to watch the rest of the game.
4) Another interesting fact about Babe Ruth is that he wore a cabbage leaf under his knee cap to him keep cool and he kept on changing it every two innings. He also introduced this unique technique to his team members.
3) The first baseball caps were told to be made of straw. The New York Knickerbockers was the first team to wear it on April 24, 1848. However, after a few years, they introduced caps made of merino wool.
2) Golf was once banned in Scotland. King James II and the Scottish Parliament passed an Act of Parliament on March 6, 1457, banning golf and soccer as both sports were considered a distraction for people practicing military archery.
1) In 1963, Gaylord Perry, a baseball pitcher remarked, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” It was a great surprise to see his words come true. A few hours later Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry collected his first and only home run.