Sports Facts

Pele
Pele

Brazilian soccer superstar Pele was discovered by scouts at age 11 and began playing professionally at age 16.

The Hand of God
The Hand of God

Argentine footballer Diego Maradona used his hand to score a goal in the 1986 World Cup. Maradona claimed it was "the hand of God" that scored the goal.

The Highest-Scoring NBA Game
The Highest-Scoring NBA Game

The highest-scoring game in NBA history occurred on December 13, 1983, when the Detroit Pistons defeated the Denver Nuggets 186-184.

Jogging Was For Weirdos
Jogging Was For Weirdos

In the 1960s, running for exercise was so unusual that some people were stopped by police in the US.

Golf On The Moon
Golf On The Moon

Golf is the only sport played on the moon. On 6 February 1971, Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.

Volleyball
Volleyball

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

Basketball Shorts
Basketball Shorts

Basketball shorts were short until Michael Jordan popularized longer ones.

Black Nails
Black Nails

Many runners suffer from black toenails, which is caused by bleeding under the toenails. Poor-fitting shoes are usually the culprit.

Football Without Referees
Football Without Referees

In England, soccer matches did not have referees until 1881. Before that, they simply relied on good sportsmanship.