• The first Wimbledon tournament in 1877 wasn’t for tennis at all. It was played as a fundraiser for England’s most popular sport at the time: croquet.
  • The oldest Heisman trophy winner, given to the best player in college football, is Chris Weinke from Florida State, who was the ripe old age of 28 when he won in 2000.
  • If you were a part of the winning team in the World Series before 1926, instead of gaudy rings you see today, you would have received pocket watches or medallions.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, was a goalie for AFC Portsmouth.
  • Barcelona beat Madrid FC in the first ever match between these El Clasico participants back in 1902.
  • David Beckham made his name known when he played for Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy. Yet, most don’t know he ended his career with Paris Saint-Germain.
  • The first athlete to fail an Olympic drug test was Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall in 1968. The pentathlete tested positive for beer in his system.
  • The NCAA banned the slam dunk from all basketball contests between 1967 and 1976, making for some boring games with players exhibiting boring skills like fundamentals.
  • Baseball great Babe Ruth spent one year as a first base coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938.
  • Brazil is the only country to play in every World Cup between 1930 and 2014.