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SPORTS TRIVIA

1) 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!

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) What was the first sport televised in the U.S.?


On May 17, 1939, baseball became the first sport ever televised in the U.S. The game was between Princeton and Columbia at Baker Field. Princeton won 2-1.

5) What sport has a hooker in a scrum?


In rugby, a scrummage or scrum is a way of restarting the game, either after a minor infringement, or after the ball has gone onto the ground after a successful tackle. The middle player in each front row is the hooker.

6) 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.

7) Who was the only college football player to win the Heisman Trophy twice?


As a junior at Ohio State Archie Griffin was named to every All-American team and was called "the greatest football player I've ever coached" by Woody Hayes. Combining power, speed and an uncanny ability to break four or five tackles on a single play, he smashed the all-time record for running backs in the Big Ten, amassing 4,064 yards. As a senior, Archie extended his record of consecutive 100-yards plus games to 31, his overall yardage to 5,176 and became the only player ever to win the Heisman twice.

8) Who was the first golfer to win more than $1 million in official earnings in a single year?


Curtis Strange became the first golfer to surpass $1 million in yearly earnings in 1988, when he won four titles. Strange was named Player of the Year in 1985, 1987 and 1988.

9) What professional sports league's MVP trophy is called the Podoloff Cup?


The National Basketball Association established the Podoloff Cup, named for Maurice Podoloff, the league's first commissioner, as the its Most Valuable Player award in 1956. The winner was originally chosen by the NBA players. Since 1981, however, it has been based on a poll of professional basketball broadcasters and writers.

10) What sport is the most common cause of eye injuries in the U.S.?


Sports cause more than 40,000 eye injuries each year. More than 90 percent of these injuries can be prevented. Overall, baseball causes the most eye injuries, followed by basketball, water sports and racquet sports.


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