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Interesting Sports Facts
Association Football (or Soccer)
- In 1863, 12 London clubs were involved in the formation of the Football
Association (FA) in England.
- The penalty kick was introduced to the Laws of the Game in 1891.
- According to FIFA, over 240 million people worldwide play football (data
- In 1941, Joe DiMaggio hit in 56 straight games and Ted Williams was the
last player to record a .400 average.
- The New York Yankees have won the most World Series Championships - 26
titles in total and their first in 1923.
- In the 1920s and '30s, Reggie Jackson's father, Martinez Jackson, played
for the Negro League team, the Newark Eagles. The Eagles were the first
professional team to be owned and operated by a woman, Effa Manley.
- The first ever league game was between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knickerbockers at
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada on
November 1, 1946. New York won the game 68-66.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leader in field goals made with
- The Boston Celtics have had the most player numbers retired - the most
famous being Larry Bird's #33.
- Pro football made its debut on November 12, 1892: the Allegheny Athletic
Association football team defeated the Pittsburgh Athletic Club and William
(Pudge) Heffelfinger (AAA) was paid $500 for playing.
- The first championship game was played in 1933 - the Chicago Bears
defeated the New York Giants 23-21 at Wrigley Field on December 17.
Previously (1920-31), a team's win-loss record decided the NFL Championship.
- The first African-American quarterback in the NFL was Willie Thrower in
1953 for the Chicago Bears.
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