Page 10 - Sports Facts

Jackie Robinson was actually NOT the first black Major League Baseball player!

Jackie Robinson is famous for being the first African American Major League Baseball player. There was someone before him though. Moses Fleetwood Walker was born on October 7, 1856 in Mount Pleasant, Ohio.

Aside from being a baseball player, he was also an author and inventor. He was recruited by the University of Michigan and began playing on their baseball team in 1882. In 1883, he signed with the minor league team the Toledo Blue Stockings. Then in 1884, he joined the American League and thereby became the first African American to play major league baseball.

His brother, Welday Walker, later joined the American League and played six games. He was the next known African American to play Major League Baseball. In 1889, the League erected a color barrier for the next 60 years.


Gloves actually make boxing MORE dangerous!

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance, and will by throwing punches with gloved hands against another opponent.

Back in the days bare knuckle boxers would always break their hands during a match, slowing down the pace of a match as the bare knuckle boxer avoided punching to the head, which is easy to injure your hand on.

Gloves were created to protect the boxer's hand, and also faster-paced matches were they could punch to the head more often. Fighting with boxing gloves helped cut back on cuts and bruises as well.

Gloves have their drawbacks though. Now that boxers could punch to the head more often, it lead to more concussions.The worst injuries in the bare knuckle boxing era were cuts and bruises to the face and broken hands, were as modern gloved boxing concussions and head trauma are the main risk, a trade off if there ever was one.

However, if you are planning on boxing anytime soon, take your gloves with you, since they also protect your hands.


A man ran 135 miles in 120F weather, ran a marathon in the South Pole at -40F and ran 50 marathons in 50 days!

Dean Karnazes is an ultramarathon runner. Yes, there is such a thing. He even wrote the book "Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner. He is the world's most famous ultramarathon runner and began running in kindergarten for fun on his way home from school.

In 2006, Karnazes participated in the Endurance 50:50 marathons which means he ran 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days in 50 different states. Most races are held on the weekend. So, Karnazes had marathon officials follow him around and track his marathon race to make sure it was accurate. He was only at the live marathons in 8 of the states.

The others he had to have officiants track him and it counted towards the marathon that state was having that coming weekend. So, he'd run the official course, but not with all the other runners. Over the 50 days and 50 marathons he only fluctuated down one pound in weight.

After finishing the 50/50/50 races in New York City, Karnazes thought "hey what the heck, I'll run home to San Francisco." Literally. It was nearing Christmas, though. So, he only ran from New York City to St. Charles, Missouri. From there he caught a plane so he could spend more time with his family for the holidays.

A film has even been made about the saga. Some of his other accomplishments include running 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes without any sleep, running to the South Pole in -13 degrees Fahrenheit without snowshoes, and completing The Relay- a 199 mile run eleven different times.


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Greco-Roman wrestling is actually a French sport!

Greco-Roman wrestling is quite a famous sport around several countries and it is practiced worldwide.It first appearance as a professional sports was at the Olympic Games in 1896, and ever since 1908 it has been held in every summer Olympics.

For those of you who don’t know how it’s played, it is simple: Two wrestlers are scored for their performance in there two-minute periods. The rules forbid holds below the waist. And some statistics even show that Greco-Roman wrestling is one of the six main forms of amateur competitive wrestling practiced internationally today!

However, what’s particularly funny about this sport it’s it's name, especially since it's country of origin it’s France!Greco-Roman Wrestling was invented by a French soldier, and named Greco-Roman to make people think it was the sport practiced in the classic civilizations! And it has worked perfectly since there are many people who really enjoy it!


Michael Jordan might have stopped the Hornets winning the NBA playoffs by cursing!

Most of us were able to see the greatest legend of the NBA become the legend. Most of us by acclamation consider him the greatest basketball player of all time.

He is known for all his career highlights and awards, and even for all his athletic products that most basketball players use in present time.However, what you probably didn’t know was that Michael Jordan was also a master at playing psychological/mind tricks during his games.

In game 3 of the 1995 NBA playoffs, Hornets point guard Mugsy Bogues had the ball with several seconds left and an opportunity to nail the game-winning shot. His defender, Michael Jordan, stepped back, put his hands down, and said, "Shoot it, you ******* midget." The shot wasn't even close!

Michael Jordan was great at slam dunks, but apparently he was also great at defending, and all he ever needed was his mouth.I wonder if his mom washed it with soap after finding out the dirty words he used during that game.



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