Famous Awards – Fun Facts

In doing research for this blog of Famous Awards I have come across a number of fun, somewhat obscure, facts concerning these famous awards. I would like to share a few with you. Following are just a few. I’ll post more in the coming months as I come across them in my research. Did you know

… in ancient Greece, the first “Trophies” consisted of captured arms and standards hung upon a tree or stake in the semblance of a man and was inscribed with details of the battle along with a dedication to a god or gods.  After a naval victory, the “trophy”, composed of whole ships or their beaks, were laid out on the nearest beach.  To destroy a trophy was regarded as a sacrilege , it must be left to decay naturally.)…since, it was considered an object dedicated to a god (for more see posting on History of the word Trophy in Recognition: Info & Fun Facts

…. that 10 entertainers have scored the showbiz “grand slam” of winning famous awards by winning the Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy?  Can you name the 10 entertainers who achieved such a distinction?  They are Mel Brooks, John Gielgud, Whoopi Goldberg, Marvin Hamlisch, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols, Richard Rogers, and musical orchestrator Jonathan Tunick. (for more see posting on the Oscar, Tony, Grammy, and Emmy in Famous Awards)

… which of the four National Medal of Honors were the first to be created by the armed forces?  Was it the Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard?  The Navy medal was the first to be struck, followed quickly by the Army version of this award. There are three different types of Medals of Honor today.  The original simple star shape established in 1861 which the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have retained; a wreath version designed in 1904 for the Army; and an altered wreath version for the Air Force, designed in 1963 and adopted in 1965. (for more see posting on The Medal of Honor in Famous Awards – The Medal of Honor)

… what the oldest sporting trophy is that was first contested in 1851 was?  The America’s Cup, a Silver ewer (pitcher), presented for Yacht Racing. (for more see posting on The America’s Cup in Famous Awards – The America’s Cup)

… that The Claret Jug, or to use its proper name, The Golf Champion Trophy, presented to each year’s winner of The Open Championship was not the original prize for this championship?  When the Championship began at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland in 1860, the winner was presented with the Challenge Belt, made of rich morocco leather, embellished with a silver buckle and emblems.  It wasn’t until 1872 that the “Jug” replaced the Champion’s Belt. (for more see posting on The Claret Jug in Famous Awards – The Claret Jug)

… that the most Super Bowl rings won to date is Seven, won by Neal Dahlen. Mr. Dahlen won five with the 49ers (Staff and Player Personnel) and two with the Denver Broncos (General Manager). The second most is Six, won by Conditioning coach Mike Woicik. Mike won three with the Dallas Cowboys and three with the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick currently has five and with the next win allowing him to join this elite group.