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SPORTS TRIVIA

1) What Chicago Bears running back was known as "The Galloping Ghost?"


Hall of Famer Harold Grange, All-American running back at the University of Illinois in the early 1920's, then for the Bears until 1935, was known as "Red Grange" or "The Galloping Ghost." He was so dominating in a 1924 game against Michigan--gaining 262 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns in just 12 minutes--that he inspired Grantland Rice to write the following poem which spawned his famous nickname:

A streak of fire, a breath of flame
Eluding all who reach and clutch;
A gray ghost thrown into the game
That rival hands may never touch;
A rubber bounding, blasting soul
Whose destination is the goal.

2) What pitcher holds the record for most complete games in an MLB career?


Cy Young pitched 749 complete games over the course of his 22-year career. Only three pitchers have even started that many games: Young, Don Sutton, and Nolan Ryan.

3) What was the biggest margin of victory ever in a Triple Crown race?


In what is widely regarded as one of the greatest races of all time, Secretariat won the 1973 Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths.

4) What coach came off the bench to play for his team in the Stanley Cup finals?


It's not every day a 44-year-old coach comes off the bench and ends up playing goalie for his team in the Stanley Cup final, but that's just what Lester Patrick did for the Rangers back in 1928. Not only that, but he gave up only one goal, and the Rangers went on to defeat the Montreal Maroons in overtime.

5) What NFL player returned a fumble 66 yards--to the wrong end zone?


Toward the end of a midseason game against the 49ers in 1964, Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall scooped up a Niners fumble and raced toward the end zone nearly 70 yards away--the wrong end zone. With both teams chasing him down the field, and his own teammates screaming from the sidelines, Marshall ran into the end zone untouched and tossed the ball out of bounds, resulting in a safety for San Francisco--and heaps of scrutiny from the media.

6) What college football position receives the Jim Thorpe Award?


The Jim Thorpe Award, named in memory of multi-sport legend Jim Thorpe, has been awarded to the top defensive back in college football since 1986. It is voted on by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, an organization based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

7) Who was the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year?


Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Larry Bird played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. He then served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000, and in 2003 assumed the role of president of basketball operations for the Pacers.

8) What boxer holds the record for youngest professional debut?


Alberto (Baby) Arizmendi holds the record for youngest professional debut by a boxer. He is believed to have turned pro at the tender age of 10!

9) What yachting race was called the Hundred-Guinea Cup until a team from the U. S. won the race in 1851?


The Schooner America won the Hundred Guinea Cup on August 22, 1851. The Crew donated their trophy to the New York Yacht Club under the condition that the cup "be preserved as a perpetual Challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries," and the America's Cup race was born. From 1870, the next time the race was held, until 1980, American yachts won the America's Cup race 24 times without a loss (the race was not always an annual event). The Australian yacht Australia II finally took the cup when it won the race in 1983.

10) What golfer coined the term "caddy?"


Mary Queen of Scots, the first known female golfer, coined the term "caddy" in 1552, calling her assistants cadets. During her reign, the famous golf course at St. Andrews was built.


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