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  • Golf the only sport played on the moon - on 6 February 1971 Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.


  • About 42,000 tennis balls are used in around 650 matches in the Wimbledon Championship.


  • The longest tennis match took place at Wimbledon 2010 when John Isner of the United States beat Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a match that lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, played over 3 days, June 22, 23 and 24.


  • A baseball ball has exactly 108 stitches, a cricket ball has between 65 and 70 stitches.


  • A soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels, held together by 642 stitches.


  • Basketball and rugby balls are made from synthetic material. Earlier, pigs' bladders were used as rugby balls.


  • The baseball home plate is 17 inches wide.


  • The very first motor car land speed record was set by Ferdinand Verbiest.


  • The record for the most NASCAR wins is held by Richard Petty: 200 wins (and 7 championships).


  • Bill Klem served the most seasons as major league umpire - 37 years, starting in 1905. He also officiated 18 World Series.


  • The oldest continuous trophy in sports is the America's Cup. It started in 1851, with Americans winning for a straight 132 years until Australia took the Cup in 1983.


  • The oldest continuous trophy in sports is the America's Cup. It started in 1851, with Americans winning for a straight 132 years until Australia took the Cup in 1983.


  • Volleyball was invented by William George Morgan of Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1895.


  • A badminton shuttle easily travels 180 km/h (112 mph).


  • Ferenc Szisz from Romania, driving a Renault, won the first Formula One Grand Prix held at Le Mans, France in 1906.


  • In 1898, one of the first programs to be broadcasted on radio was a yacht race that took place in British waters.


  • Sports command the biggest television audiences, led by the summer Olympics, World Cup Football and Formula One racing.


  • Gymnasiums were introduced in 900BC and Greek athletes practiced in the nude to the accompaniment of music. They also performed naked at the Olympic Games.


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


  • The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 311 male but no female competitors.


  • The Major League Baseball teams use about 850,000 balls per season.


  • In 1931 tennis star Lili de Alvarez became the first-ever woman to don a pair of shorts at Wimbledon.


  • Only 13 nations contested the first football world cup in 1930, which saw Uruguay winning the trophy.


  • Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.


  • The first baseball caps were made of straw.


  • Tug of War was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.


  • How they cheat - a microwaved baseball will fly farther than a frozen baseball.


  • The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card!


  • The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches.


  • Pittsburgh is the only city where all major sports teams have the same colors: Black and gold.


  • People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.


  • Most NASCAR Teams use nitrogen in their tires instead of air.


  • Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.


  • It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.


  • In 1910 football teams were penalized 15 yards for an incompleted forward pass.


  • At 120 miles per hour, a Formula One car generates so much downforce that it can drive upside down on the roof of a tunnel.


  • Major League Baseball umpires are required to wear black underwear while on the job in case they split their pants.


  • Australian rugby player Ben Czislowski felt the need to get medical help when his four-month headache was not going away. The doctor found an opponent’s tooth in Ben’s forehead.


  • Manchester United, England's soccer team, is the sport's team that is worth the most in the world today. The team's value is $1.86 billion .


  • Not all Golf Balls have 360 dimples. There are some as high as 420. Thereare also all different kinds of dimple patterns.


  • 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.


  • Honey is was as a center for golf balls and in antifreeze mixtures.


  • Americans spend more than $630 million a year on golf balls.


  • Two golf clubs claim to be the first established in the United States: the Foxberg Golf Club, Clarion County, PA (1887) and St. Andrews Golf Club of Yonkers, NY (1888).


  • Before 1859, baseball umpires were seated in padded chairs behind home plate.


  • There are 2,598,960 possible hands in a five-card poker game.


  • Boxing is considered the easiest sport for gamblers to fix.


  • Brazil is the only country to have played in every World Cup soccer tournament.


  • Olympic testing of athletes for anabolic steroids began in 1976.


  • Racecar driver Lee Petty once left a pitstop and did a full lap with a pit crew member still on the hood.


  • The average height of an NBA basketball player is 6 feet 7 inches.


  • The highest consumption of Pizza occurs during Super Bowl week.


  • Scientists have found evidence that heart attacks increase significantly for people who watch penalty shoot-outs.


  • The 2002 Soccer World Cup was hosted by two countries Japan and South Korea. Before the start of the tournament, there was a lot of confusion between the two hosts on issues such as whose country's name would appear first on game tickets.


  • Billiards great, Henry Lewis once sank 46 balls in a row.


  • In July 1934 Babe Ruth paid a fan $20 dollars for the return of the baseball he hit for his 700th career home run.


  • A squash ball moving at 150 kilometers per hour has the same impact of a .22 bullet.


  • Karate actually originated in India, but was developed further in China.


  • The game of squash originated in the United Kingdom. It came about after a few boys, who were waiting for their turn to play racquets, knocked a ball around in a confined area adjoining the racquets court.


  • The game rugby was originated at Rugby school located in England in 1823. This happened when William Webb Ellis, while playing soccer, picked the ball up in his hands and started running with it.


  • The very first Olympic race, held in 776 BC, was won by Corubus, a chef. The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 311 male but no female competitors.


  • The longest tennis match took place at Wimbledon 2010 when John Isner of the United States beat Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes, played over three days, June 22, 23 and 24.


  • The 1912 Olympics was the last time that gold medals were solid gold.


  • A baseball has exactly 108 stitches; a cricket ball has between 65 and 70 stitches.


  • Australian rules football was originally designed to give cricketers something to play during the offseason.


  • Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.