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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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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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How was the legend of 7th game in tennis born?

Watching tennis on TV, it often happens that the commentator talks about the importance of the 7th game of the set; the player who wins that game has more probability to win the set. This theory ...
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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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Former British colonies and cricket

Some former British colonies, from India to Australia to the nations of the West Indies, have notable cricket teams and a significant number of cricket fans. However, this is not the same everywhere. ...
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What was the original scoring system of Australian rules football?

The Wikipedia article of the Australian Football League (AFL) states: [The VFL] made several innovations early on to entice the public's interest, including [...] the formal establishment of the ...
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Has the Super Bowl ever been played on the opening day of the Olympics?

Have the two events ever been simultaneous?
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What is the latest time a non-baseball sporting event has ever ended?

On July 3, 1993, there was a baseball game between the Padres and Phillies that started at 1:28am and ended at 4:40am local time - the latest finish in MLB history. The game started so late at night ...
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Oldest footage of a complete football match

What is the earliest existing film footage of a football match, shot for the entire duration of the game, not just fragments and highlights ?
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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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Who is the most recent Everton signing that previously played for Liverpool at any point in their career?

For example Kevin Sheedy played for Liverpool between 1978 and 1982 and then signed for Everton in 1982. Peter Beardsley played for Liverpool between 1987 and 1991 and then signed for Everton in 1991. ...
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Which competitions have had the same person as the youngest and oldest winner?

In December 2023, Ronnie O'Sullivan won the 2023 UK Championship in snooker, and in doing so he became both the youngest winner of the championship - in 1993 at 17y 358d - and the oldest winner at 47y ...
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Timed out in cricket

I've learned that timed out means the batsman takes over 3 minutes to enter the field of play after a wicket falls. Which batsman will be given out for this? (ie, whether the batting team had any ...
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What is the history of the term "Alley-Oop"?

I realized I've been using the term for years but never realized that taken literally, it makes no sense. "Alley" - other than the word alley, I have no idea what this could refer to. "oop" - most ...
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Why have all Asian Games that were held in Bangkok been on Decembers?

Four Asian Games have been held in Bangkok overall: 1966 Asian Games: December 9 - 20 1970 Asian Games: December 9 - 20 1978 Asian Games: December 9 - 20 1998 Asian Games: December 6 - 20 All other ...
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Why didn't they change the poster for 1950 FIFA World Cup?

In the poster of 1950 FIFA World Cup, there's a leg with multiple national flags on it. But the total number of flags is at least 30, while only 13 countries were participating in the tournament. I ...
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Why did China and some other communist countries boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics?

The 1980 Summer Olympics was held in Moscow, Soviet Union. Many countries boycotted the games initiated by the United States for Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. But there were some communist ...
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What is a Golden set? and what is the difference with Bagel set?

What is a Golden set on tennis? Is there a tennis player who won a golden set? What is the difference between Golden set and Bagel set?
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How often have pitchers earned a win and a save on same day?

On Sunday 25th April 2015, David Robertson 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 ...
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How many football teams have won the treble?

Winning the "treble" means winning the three main titles of the season: Continental championship (e.g. Champions League) National league championship National cup title How many teams in ...
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Are women technically allowed to compete in the "men's" division in the Olympic Games? [closed]

Question Are women allowed to compete in men's division in the Olympic Games? So, how is the "men's division" officially defined by the IOC? Is it explicitly for men only or is it an "open division" ...
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When did basketball change the rule so that games end when the clock hits 0.0 instead of when the buzzer sounds?

I remember there was a time when the NBA and/or college basketball's rule on buzzer beaters was that the shot would count as long as the ball left the shooter's hand before the buzzer sounded. It didn'...
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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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Has any goalkeeper ever received a red card at the FIFA World cup?

I heard that in football, the referee can give red cards even to goalkeepers. Are there any goalkeepers who have received a red card in FIFA World Cup matches? If yes, please provide the details.
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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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Can this July 1958 NYC baseball game be identified?

I've got two photos of a night game in NYC area after July 4, 1958 and before the end of August 1958 (when film was developed), likely around July 5 or 6. Can anyone identify: The Stadium The Home ...
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Fastest opening goal of a FIFA World Cup

What was the fastest opening goal of a FIFA World Cup? This is not the fastest opening goal in a single match across tournaments, but fastest goal(the first goal of that particular World edition) of ...
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Color of the sprint jersey in Tour de Suisse?

Tour de Suisse has two separate jerseys for sprints competition (based only on points from intermediate sprints) and points competition (where the points obtained from placement in stages are included;...
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Why were artificial turfs introduced in field hockey?

This Wikipedia section has good details about the changes bought about in field hockey after artificial turfs were introduced. This change also bought about a shift in field hockey power base from ...
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What's the etymology of the term Red Zone?

I know what the Red Zone is. My interest is the etymology of the word. I'm not sure of the first time I heard it or if they even used it when I was kid growing up in Oakland during the 70's. ...
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Which two football clubs are competing in this YouTube video billed as the first ever filmed football match in 1897?

Footage from the first filmed football match in 1897 can be found on YouTube here. I was just wondering, who are the two football clubs in action?
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What's the worst defeat of a host nation in World Cup history?

Brazil, the host nation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, lost to Germany 7-1. This seems like a very big defeat in term of goal difference. What is the worst defeat of a host nation in World Cup history in ...
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Why are tennis cometitions called 'open'?

There are plenty of tennis competitions named 'open' such as the French Open, Australia Open, or Mexico Open. Is there any particular reason for this naming?
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What's the highest number of points without winning the Premier League?

In the 2018-19 Premier League season, Liverpool finished 2nd with 97 points. Has any team ever got more points than this without winning the league?
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NFL division with 3 teams in the playoffs

Under the current NFL playoffs format, each conference sends 6 teams to the postseason: the 4 division champions and 2 wild card teams. So the most teams a division can have in the playoffs is 3; the ...
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Which NFL quarterbacks traded to a new team and took them to the Super Bowl in their first season with their new team?

Much like this year’s Tom Brady situation if he were to go to the Super Bowl. It’s his first season with the Bucs, who had a losing record last year. What, if any, past quarterbacks have taken their ...
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What team has the shortest "longest losing streak" within a season in MLB history?

Don't know if the wording of the title makes sense, but I want to know what team had the longest losing streak that was the shortest in MLB history (or at least the live ball era) A completely made ...
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Has a tennis player ever hit a shot behind the umpire's chair that landed inbounds in a singles match?

There have been many tennis shots that went around the net post. But has any tennis player ever hit a shot that went behind the umpire's chair and still landed inbounds in a singles match? There are ...
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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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How many times an MLB team has won a game with no hits?

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates tied 0-0 at the end of the 9th inning on August 23rd 2017. With one out and a runner on the second base, the pirates had a chance to win the game with no ...
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What is the record for the most family members competing in the same Olympic Games?

Lily, Liina and Leila Luik are sisters from Estonia who could be the first set of identical triplets to compete in the Olympics Has it ever happened in the Olympic history that 3 members of the same ...
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When was beach rugby invented?

Beach rugby is a variation of rugby league that is officially maintained and governed by the IRL. However, I don't seem to find any information regarding the invention of the sport, the Wikipedia page ...
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What is the closest any team has come to playing a home Super Bowl?

When this question was first posed, no team whose home stadium is hosting the Super Bowl had ever made it to the Super Bowl. My question is, which team has come the closest? (Closest in this case ...
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At the 1912 Olympics pole vault, why were bronze medals awarded when a gold and two silver were also awarded?

At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, something rather unusual happened with the medals awarded in the men's pole vault competition. Ordinarily when there is a tie for second place, multiple ...
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Are there any cases when a significantly smaller person won against a heavier opponent in combat sports? [closed]

In combat sports being heavier is, in and of itself, considered a significant advantage. Therefore, a smaller fighter can usually only win against a heavier opponent if the fight is otherwise biased ...
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Has there ever been a game-winning/tying drive that started with less than 13 seconds?

In the January 23, 2022 NFL Divisional playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, the Chiefs trailed 36-33 in the 4th quarter when they started a drive at their own 25-yard line ...
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Origin of the formula for weighted stolen base runs (wSB)

I am considering the formula for weighted stolen base runs (wSB), which is given as wSB = a * SB + b * CS - lgwSB * (1B + uBB + HBP) and a = 0.2 and b = (-2 * RunsPerOut + 0.075). I have two questions:...
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Origin of the 3rd Down "noise"

Whilst watching an NFL game last week*, I noticed that when the visiting team's offense is on 3rd or 4th down, the stadium's speakers play some sort of noise - I'm guessing as a way of distracting / "...
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Reason for only national teams in some Olympic sports

I am wondering on why the structures for some sports are completely different to others. Especially, why it is that in most winter sports, like downhill skiing, cross-country skiing or bobsleigh ...
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When did American football teams start honoring players who have passed away by starting 10 men on the field?

For American football games (college and professional), when did they begin honoring players who passed away by starting ten players on the field? I haven't watched football for that long, but my ...
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What is the difference between "retired out" and "retired not out" in cricket?

I have seen the terms on scoreboard like: "retired out" or "retired not out". What does it mean and what is the different between there? Reference: Mohammad Hafeez was retired out in ICC Champions ...

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