Strange Trivia in Sports - Basketball

Some strange trivia, facts, records, and events in the history of the sport of Basketball.


Perhaps the most dominating team in professional sports history was the Original Celtics of the old American Basketball League. One year they won 90% of their 150-game season. They were disbanded in 1928.

A basketball attendance record was set in Olympic Stadium, West Berlin, where 75,000 fans showed up to watch the Harlem Globetrotters in 1951.

St. Thomas College set a record for quick field goals in a losing effort against Albright College. St. Thomas scored 4 field goals in only 16 seconds.

The Puerto Ricans are enthusiastic basketball fans. In 1938, the citizens of the U.S. Territory held a 3-week national celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of basketball's introduction to the island.

In a basketball game in the 1974 regional boys' tournament in Sweden, 13-year-old Mats Wermelin scored 272 points to lead his team to victory. Final score: 272-0.

One of the most commonly asked questions about basketball is: Who was the tallest basketball player in the history of the game? Vasily Akhatyev of the Soviet Union was 7'7.3" tall.

Bob Lanier of Detroit (NBA) has the largest foot in professional basketball; he wears a size 22 shoe.

Holding the record for the most personal fouls committed in one season is Bailey Howell, Baltimore (NBA). During the 1964-1965 season, Howell was charged with 345 personal fouls.

Boone Trail High School and Angier High, both of North Carolina, hold the record for most overtimes in a single game. The 2 teams played 13 extra frames before Boone Trail could pull out a 56-54 victory.

Larry Breer of Kipp High, Kans., performed one of the most heroic feats in high school sports history. In a game against Aurora High, all of Breer's teammates fouled out of the game. Since there were only 5 males enrolled at Kipp that year, Breer had to go it alone against Aurora for the final 3 minutes of the game. The score remained tied at 49-49 for 2 minutes 45 seconds, as Breer held Aurora scoreless. Then with only 15 seconds left in the game, Aurora finally scored and beat Kipp High, and Larry Breer, 51-49.

The players of Towns County High of Clayton, Ga., grew so angry at the officials that they shot at the opposition's basket until they had scored 56 points for the other team. Towns County lost the game 129-41.

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