From the first all minority baseball team, to the craziest chicken sport in the world, these are 17 Random Sports Facts!
9. Stop it Phelps
TV personality Sir Terry Wogan held the record for the longest televised golf putt ever made when he sunk a 100-foot putt in a pro-celebrity golf match in 1981. Michael Phelps who holds the record for gold medals won with 23 decided to take a break from breaking swimming and Olympic records in 2012. While playing at a pro-celebrity tournament, Phelps shattered Wogan’s record by nailing a 159-foot eagle putt.
8. Landon Turner
Turner was a dominant basketball player who helped lead his college basketball team, the Indiana Hoosiers to a NCAA Championship in 1981. He was named the MVP of the semi-final game and was selected to the all-tournament team along with teammate Isiah Thomas. Just four months after this Turner was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He would never play basketball again, but as a gesture and favor to Indiana coach Bobby Knight Celtics general manager and legend Red Auerbach (Hour bach) selected Turner in the 1982 NBA Draft.
Things are slightly less exciting in the NBA without Kobe Bryant, who retired from the league at the end of the 2015-2016 season. His list of accomplishments is impressive. He has 5 NBA championships, an MVP award and is the third most prolific scorer of all time. His most impressive single game display came against the Toronto Raptors in 2006 when he dropped 81 points, becoming the second player to score 80 points. Coincidentally his lowest scoring performance from that year also came against the Raptors, when he only put in 11 points.
6. Lenny Bielski
In the third inning of a game between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers that took place on July 13, 1934, Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run, becoming the first man to do so in baseball history. The ball flew out of the stadium and a young kid named Lenny Bielski came up with the ball during a wild scramble. Bielski gave the ball to the Babe who paid him $20 for it. Stories also say that Ruth used to put wet cabbage leaves under his baseball cap to keep cool during games.
5. The Soccer Ball
Charles Goodyear came up with a rubber technology known as vulcanization. Goodyear used this technology to make a ball in 1855 that took the soccer world by storm and brought the sport into the modern age. The ball was more stable and durable and allowed people to play the game more efficiently. Nowadays anyone, including animals can play with a soccer ball.
4. Steve Young
Steve Young was a star quarterback for Brigham Young University in college. He would go on to have a very successful professional career and is now easily recognizable as a TV personality. Young also has a very famous great great great grandfather, Brigham Young; the man BYU is named after. Brigham Young led 148 Latter-day Saints to Utah in 1847 and founded the home of the Mormon Church. Young explains that he doesn’t think too much about his famous ancestor as Brigham Young has at least 5,000 direct descendants.
3. Show Me The Money
Tim McDonald is one of the most famous NFL players in the history of the sport; you just don’t realize it. He recorded over 1,000 tackles and 40 interceptions in 13 solid years for the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. A successful career for sure, but that’s not what makes him famous. In 1993 director Cameron Crowe was shadowing McDonald, who had just become a free agent, for a movie that would eventually become Jerry Maguire. During the process, McDonald uttered what would become the most famous line of the film, “show me the money.”
2. The Big Dipper
Wilt Chamberlain has a ridiculous list of accomplishments in the NBA. In the 1962 season, he averaged an unheard of 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game. In March of that year, Wilt the Stilt famously scored 100 points. One lesser-known and interesting stat is that in the one thousand plus games he participated in he never fouled out, not once! People speculate that he must have become aware of this fact and purposely avoided fouling out of games later in his career, though there are statistics that say otherwise.
1. Craig MacTavish
The NHL started requiring its players to wear headgear for the 1979-1980 season. The rule also stated that anyone who had already been in the league was still allowed to play without protection if they desired to do so. Young player Craig MacTavish evidently preferred going without head protection and did so until he retired in 1997, making him the last helmetless player to ever play the game.