Grand Slam

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Grand Slam commonly names a comprehensive or great achievement. It is derived from the "grand slam" in bridge, which originally (in bridge whist) referred to winning all thirteen tricks on one deal of the game,[1] and later (in auction bridge and today's contract bridge) to succeeding in a contract to do so.

Grand Slam, grand slam, and so on, may also refer to:


In sports, most have a defined set of competitions, trophies or achievements that constitute a Grand Slam. This is usually because there is such an amount of competitions or trophies available that it would be impossible for any one player or team to enter them all, let alone win them. The defined competitions/trophies are usually considered to be the biggest, most desirable ones to win within that sport, often referred to as the 'Majors' of a given sport. Otherwise, in sports that have few competitions/trophies available a Grand Slam is defined as winning every competition/trophy you are eligible for in a given year; this is usually limited to domestic competitions/trophies in the field of internal/national league sports.

Below is a list of sports that have defined criteria for Grand Slams.


  • Grand slam (baseball), home run with all three bases occupied, thereby scoring four runs on one play (the maximum)




  • Grand Slam (tennis) (in use from 1933), one player or pair winning all four major annual tennis tournaments; also a nickname for each of the major tournaments
  • Pepsi Grand Slam (1976–1981), annual men's professional tennis tournament
  • Grand Slam Cup (1990–1999), annual international tennis tournament
  • Grand Slam (real tennis) (from 1990), a player or pair winning all four major annual real tennis tournaments

Other sports[edit]

  • Grand Slam Chess Association (from 2008?), series of major annual chess tournaments
  • Grand Slam Masters Final, or Bilbao Chess Masters Final (from 2008), a culminating annual chess tournament
  • Capital One Grand Slam of Curling (from 2001), series of annual curling bonspiels that is a subset of the World Curling Tour
  • Grand Slam (PBA) (from 1975), one team winning all three major annual Philippine Basketball Association tournaments in a single season
  • Grand Slam (rugby union) (first 1908), one national team defeating all others in the annual rugby union series now called Six Nations Championship
  • Grand Slam (Judo), two judo competitions
  • Grand Slam (NASCAR) (officially 1985–2002/2003, unofficially 1970-2004), a cash prize award program in the NASCAR Cup Series and later unofficially designated for the races originally designated as "majors" by NASCAR in 1985.
  • Grand Slam Championship, various achievements defined by winning four specific professional wrestling championships
  • Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (from 1986), Award for one registered person finishing the four specified annual 100-mile footraces in the U.S.
  • Grand Slam (shinty) (from 1947), one club winning four specific annual shinty trophies
  • Explorers Grand Slam or Adventurers Grand Slam, one person reaching the North Pole, the South Pole, and all of the Seven Summits during an adventuring career, first completed in 1998
  • Grand Slam (Fly-Fishing Caribbean), one angler catching a bonefish, tarpon, and permit during one day of Caribbean fly-fishing; one of four three-species Inshore Grand Slams defined by the International Game Fish Association
  • In Formula One, winning a race from pole while leading every lap and scoring the fastest lap is sometimes referred to as a grand slam.


Personal Achievements[edit]


  • Operation Grand Slam, a plan to steal the U.S. gold reserves from Fort Knox in the 1959 James Bond novel Goldfinger by Ian Fleming

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  • Grand Slam breakfast, a dish at Denny's restaurants