January 12, 2007
Did you think we were resting on our laurels? We weren't. The Fact Check Forums have been working hard to uncover interesting tidbits about the wide world of sports. Thanks to fact checkers Udoboy, Taed, Athene, BGoosh and Bufar for their "home run" research.
• Joe DiMaggio has the highest number of hits per on-deck swing of any batter in baseball history.
• Bob Beamon broke the world's long-jump record at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Australia with an astounding jump of 9.76 meters. However, it was invalidated due to the assist that he received from an impending cyclone's sudden high winds, which cancelled events for the next 3 days. He did not break the record again until 1968 with 8.90 meters, though he held it until 1991.
• The International Frisbee Throwing League recognizes 17 different grips as legal in competition play.
• Jodin Lavers, of Ontario Canada, has never lost a competitive game of Crazy Eights in tournament play.
• Parkour, also known as Free Running, is the only sport recognized by the American Sports Association that has both no rules and no organized league.