Questions relating to the past history of a sport, such as regarding past players, team records, older generations of equipment, etc. Questions using this tag must also be tagged with the specific sport in question.

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Which riders in the 2015 Tour de France have proven doping history?

How many, and who, of the 198 riders to start the Tour de France in 2015 have a proven history of doping? I.e. they have been charged and found guilty by WADA/UCI at some point in the past, or have ...
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How often has a major league team hit only a home run and a triple in a single game?

On June 26, 2015, the Mets had two hits, a home run (Granderon) and a triple (Hererra), but no singles or doubles, and they won the game (2-1 over the Reds). Did the Mets pull off a baseball first? ...
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When football players played offense and defense, what were the substitution rules?

My Dad played high school and college football in the 1930s. He and the other starters played both offense and defense. What prevented a team from putting out 11 fresh players at once when the ball ...
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When was extra time introduced in European football competitions?

All i know is that until 1965, a decider was required if 2 teams remained draw after the home and away matches.
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What is the first “Hall of Fame”?

What is the first "Hall of Fame" in sports? And who first thought of the idea?
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Win and save in same day

David Robertson on Sunday managed a rare feat: he earned a Win and a Save on the same (calendar) day. While the first win technically was on friday, according to the box score, for practical purposes ...
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Seasons in which all teams in a division made the playoffs

During the 2014-2015 NBA season, each team in the Southwest Division (Houston, Memphis, San Antonio, Dallas, New Orleans) of the Western Conference made the playoffs. Has this happened before? If ...
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Why are those 3 holes at the Masters golf tournament called “Amen Corner”?

Is it true that the 3 holes that comprise "Amen Corner" at the Masters golf tournament are so named because it's the most difficult stretch of the golf course and players have to pray to survive it?
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Awarding the match ball to the hat-trick scorer

When/where did the tradition of awarding the match ball to the hat-trick scorer originate?
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What is the origin of fans chanting players' names with an extended “u” sound?

At many American sporting events, if a player with a "u" sound in his name is on the home team, and he enters the game or makes a play in the game, then there is a good chance the fans will chant his ...
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Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom

I've heard commentators and analysts refer to Seattle Seahawks' defense as the "Legion of Boom". I believe they call the secondary that name, to be exact. What is the story behind this? When and how ...
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Best first 100 career starts by quarterbacks

Few weeks ago Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers played his 100th career start, and with a win, he improved to 68-32; tying Brett Favre. What are the top records for the first 100 career starts ...
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What is the closest any team has come to playing a home Super Bowl?

It's a well known fact that no team whose home stadium is hosting the Super Bowl has ever made it to the Super Bowl. My question is, which team has come the closest? (Closest in this case means how ...
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NFL teams with back to back shutouts

St. Louis Rams beat the Oakland Raiders in week 13 (of 2014 season) by a score of 52 to 0, and went on to beat Washington Redskins the following week 24 - 0. Are the Rams the first team to win back to ...
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NFL division with all teams having a losing or winning record

I'm wondering if there has been any division in the modern day NFL history where all teams finished the regular season with winning or losing record. Even though this might not be so probable, it is ...
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League-wide retired numbers

In honor of their great players, teams retire their numbers. But if that player has been one of the all time greats, then the league might consider retiring that number. As an example, Wayne Gretzky's ...
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How to Find Work In a Sports Research Room [closed]

I have had a passion and love of history and statistics since childhood and it is a goal of mine to work in a research room. How does one do this? It does not seems as though ESPN and other networks ...
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Why can't corner flags be less than 1.5 Meters?

How come in football corner flags can't be smaller than 1.5 Meters high? Is there a safety hazard?
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What is a “Baltimore chop” and why is it called that?

(I'm double asking because i'm pretty sure i know the answer to the first half, but would like confirmation anyways.) Playing baseball yesterday, a batter chopped a ground ball hard, over the ...
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Athletes info during the competitions

How can a journalist find so much information and statistics about athletes during the competition, in sports like tennis/athletics/swimming or the Olympic Games? I think journalists can access a ...
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Which football club started the tradition of announcing player's name 3 times when they score a goal

As you have probably seen that many teams(Bayern Munchen, Napoli) have the player's name announced 3 times by the announcer, when they score a goal. I want to know where/when this tradition started.
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Who is the worst NFL team in history?

I know there are a lot of bad NFL teams but I want to know who the worst franchise in NFL history is.. (ie: least playoff appearances/wins/win percentage etc.)
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Why does Kane wear a mask one week, and the next not? [closed]

Why does Kane wear a mask one week, and the next week he is without a mask?
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Any statistics that are no longer used?

In 1980, Major League Baseball started keeping track of a statistic called the game winning RBI. But due to controversy, they stopped keeping track of it after 1988. Are there any other statistics ...
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Worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history

Brazil, host nation of world cup 2014, lost to Germany by 1-7. This seems very big defeat in term of goal difference. What is the worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history in terms of goal ...
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Why does Ice Hockey have 3 periods?

It’s obvious why most sports would have an even number of periods of play. It keeps everything fair as each team has the same amount of time on each end. So why in Ice Hockey are there 3 periods? It ...
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Tennis coaches who were former opponents of the players they coached

Brad Gilbert and Andre Agassi played 8 ATP matches before Gilbert retired as a tennis player and later became Agassi's coach. Amelie Mauresmo and Marion Bartoli played 5 WTA matches before Mauresmo ...
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Is table tennis based on tennis?

According to Wikipedia, tennis was first played sometime between 1859 and 1865, and table tennis was first played in the 1880s. I tried to do some research online, but couldn't find an answer. Was ...
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Man of the series award for two players from same team

From this post, it's clear that more than one player can get the player of the series award in cricket. From this post, it's clear that more than one player can get the player of the match award that ...
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Is there any goal keeper who received red card in FIFA World cup?

I heard that the referee can give red card even for goal-keepers in football. Is there any goal-keepers who received red card in FIFA world cup matches? If yes, please provide the details.
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FIFA World Cups History: Defending Champion Knocked Out in First Round?

As you all might have seen on 18th June, 2014 that Spain, winner of Last FIFA World Cup 2010 was knocked out in first round. I need to know that is it happened first time or it did happen in any past ...
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Highest Win Over Reigning Champion In FIFA World Cup

After having seen the Dutch team win their first group B match in the FIFA World Cup 2014, against the reigning world champion (Spain), I was wondering what the highest win was ever against a ...
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Has any information come out that clarifies how sick Jordan was during his famous “flu game”

Michael Jordan's flu game is one of his most famous performances as a basketball player. Yet I remember that at the time there was some question about how sick he really was: had he been acting some ...
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Clarifications about Hashim Amla

I need to clarify the below two things about the South African Test Captain Hashim Amla. He is being fined 500$ per month for not wearing Castle Logo in his jersey. He was fasting during ...
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When was the power play rule introduced in cricket?

When the Power Play rule introduced in limited overs cricket?
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When was the third-umpire review system entered in cricket?

When was the third umpire review system(not DRS) entered in cricket?
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When was the First T20 match played?

When was the first T-20 match played?
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When was the middle stump camera invented in cricket?

When was the middle stump camera invented in cricket?
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Where does the fan keeping score tradition in baseball come from?

Many people go to games and manually keep track of the run's, hits, errors? Does this come from years of tradition from times when scoreboards were not around at the park?
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Why is a “squeeze bunt” referred to as such?

This refers to a bunt with the runner on third base. Why isn't a bunt referred to as a squeeze bunt with runners on other bases? Or is it a special type of bunt (e.g. toward the first base line) to ...
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What anthem does the West Indies cricket team use?

Every country has a national anthem of its own, and usually, it is played before the start of any world event, no matter what the sport is. But what is done for the West Indies cricket team? To my ...
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First ever transfer in football

What was the first ever recorded in transfer in football, by transfer I mean the first time a club bought another player's contract from a club?
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Why was the Cup Winner's Cup abandoned?

Don't know if many people remember watching European football back then but I always enjoyed the Cup Winner's Cup. I was wondering why UEFA decided to get rid of the competition and effectively merge ...
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Man of the series award for two players

I read a post about sharing the man of the match award between two players. Is there any instance happened in cricket history that the player of the series award got shared? If yes, please provide ...
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The history of promotion and relegation in English football

How exactly did the system of promotion and relegation come about in English football? Specifically, what were the driving forces that made it such an intrinsic part of the game? As an American ...
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Gold, silver, and bronze medal sweep in Winter Olympics by a single country?

I am proud to see that the Dutch athletes have now obtained Gold, Silver and Bronze for one event, and that even twice. When trying to figure out whether this happened before, I found several ...
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Is there any match got tied even after applying D/L method?

Is it possible for a match to get tie even after applying D/L method? If yes, Is there any match tied after applying this tie breaker?
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What is the significance of the Olympic logo?

I'm curious about the history and meaning of the five ring Olympic logo. When was this logo designed, and does it have any symbolic meaning?
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When did the football match time fixed to 90 minutes?

As the international football matches are being played for several years. It may have different playing time/periods in the beginning. I would like to know two things, Is there any play time for ...
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What is the significance of Olympic Village?

During the Olympics, I know that athletes stay in Olympic Village(1). At the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing built an Olympic Villiage(2). What is the significance of Olympic Village? Couldn't athletes ...