Questions tagged [history]

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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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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The New York Knicks Bobblehead in 1920

One of the first bobbleheads was supposedly made in 1920 by the New York Knicks. However, the New York Knicks came into existence in 1946. This obviously presents a discrepancy. Can someone please ...
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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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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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Why are American teams always named in a certain format?

American teams are always named as [city/region team is from] + [team's actual name] Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Broncos, NY Yankees, Chicago Fire, etc. Is there a specific reason for that?
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Who was the first motorsport driver to perform ‘shoey’ - drinking alcohol out of a shoe, on podium?

Drinking beer out of one's own shoe is a ritual sometimes undertaken at parties and events in Australia, where it is referred to as a "shoey". Jack Miller celebrated his maiden MotoGP victory by ...
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Why are the same national football teams always the strongest?

I notice that, in football, a small group of national teams (Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, England, France and Germany) have won virtually every international prize and championship with very few ...
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Why do football players say “Oskie” after an interception?

When I was learning to play football in the backyard as a child, my family would always say "Oskie" after the quarterback threw an interception. I always thought that it was just some sort of family ...
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What was the first team sport ever invented?

What was the first team sport ever invented? By team sport I mean: group of two or more players playing against another group of two or more players athletic competition involving an agreed upon set ...
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What is the significance of the Olympic Village?

During the Olympics, I know that athletes stay in the Olympic Village At the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing built an Olympic Village. What is the significance of Olympic Village? Couldn't athletes stay ...
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What was the first team to use the 1-3-1 Forecheck

I'm a big hockey guy, but over the last 2 or so seasons I've seen the Tampa Bay Lightning use the incredibly boring 1-3-1 forecheck. As you see in the picture below, the Tampa Bay Lightning (blue) is ...
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Why are points awarded 2 and 3 in basketball?

Why is a regular shot worth 2 points and a "Three pointer" worth 3 points in basketball? Wouldn't it have made more sense to have points given in the 1 and 2 point style? Can someone explain why and ...
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Football teams qualifed for World Cup with no loss

With only one more match to play, the Iranian National team has already qualified for Russia 2018 World Cup without losing a game in any rounds of the qualifiers. How many teams which played in the ...
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Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40?

Tennis scoring goes 15-30-40-game. Why 40? Why not 45? What is the meaning of the points being given in tennis as 15-30-40-game? What is the history of this scoring calculation?
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MLB tiebreaker: 1977

What were the tie-breaker procedures back in the 1970's in case 3 American League teams were tied for their division lead at season's end?
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What is the oldest professional sports team in North America?

Is there a team out there still in existence (that paid its players as professionals) before the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869? (I suppose there was nothing happening professionally earlier in ...
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Nfl history - Pre 1950's [duplicate]

I'm an old guy. I seem to remember a day (40s or 50s) where a NFL runner was tackled and would be allowed to get up and continue to run. This was before the runner was considered down if his knee ...
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Has the practice of retiring numbers ever become a problem?

Some professional sports teams retire numbers in honor of exceptional players. If practiced frequently enough by an old team, such a practice would be unsustainable. You'd run out of numbers. More ...
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Are all oval-track races done counter-clockwise? If so, why?

It seems to me that every type of race on an oval track moves in a counter-clockwise direction. Off the top of my head, I know that this happens in: auto racing of any kind roller derby horse racing ...
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MLB teams shutout in series

How many times an MLB team has been shutout in every game of a minimum 3 games series, including the playoffs? Please provide the season and the teams in play.
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Longest participation streak in European football competitions

What is the European football team that has the longest consecutive participation streak in the following UEFA club competitions: UEFA Champions League (Previously called the European Cup) UEFA ...
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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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Is the 1925 White Hart Lane match real?

This is the story but I couldn't find any real proof. Is this real? Or is there a way to find out? One of the funniest matches in football: Arsenal VS Spartak Moscow (1925) Fog was covering the ...
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Why does Messi's 50th goal count as a record?

Last night, Messi scored his 50th goal of the season. Why is it considered a new goal-scoring record? Dixie Dean scored 60 goals for Everton in the FA First Division alone (he had 67 in total) in ...
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MLB Pitch Types “Back in the Day”

I was thinking how hard it would be to approach DiMaggio's 56 game hit streak these days. Not only are there defensive shifts, specialized pitchers to get certain guys out, faster overall pitch speeds,...
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How many times a tennis player became world number one ranking without ever winning a grand slam?

Tennis world number ones are usually grand slam champions, Roger Federer, Serina Williams, and Andy Murray are a few examples. But it's possible for a player to become the top seed by collecting ...
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First match with numbers on jersey

Can any one tell me which was the first match where the first time numbers were printed on jersey, for all domestic and international including men and women. As I am so curious to know about it.
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Olympics medal table by country revoked for cheating

It is normal for Olympic competitions to have a medal table: a list of the countries in the order of golds, silvers, then bronzes. Does such a table by country exist for medals which were won and ...
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Were there any Moneyball-like instances in history of cricket?

Moneyball was an instance in Baseball where the Oakland contingent have used statistics and data science for buying-selling as well as team selection. So, was there any such instance in the history ...
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Tennis Grand Slam winner who didn't lose a set

Rafael Nadal "The King of Clay" won the 2017 French Open dominantly without dropping a set. He got a little bit of help achieving the feat as he didn't face either of the top 2 ranking players (i.e., ...
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Reason behind curved hockey stick?

What is the reason behind curved hockey sticks? I would like to know about it's history, reason of curve, benefits and science.
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When was eleven players per team decided upon?

A football team must consist of no more than eleven players (and a minimum of seven). When was this number chosen and is there any reason for it?
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Why don't any USA professional leagues use promotion/relegation?

Promotion/relegation is a competition format that is often used in many countries for professional leagues as a way to have many teams participate and yet not dilute the top level of play, by only ...
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Has Hashim Amla's religion directly affected his finances or game?

I need to clarify the below two things about the former South African Test Captain Hashim Amla. He is being fined 500$ per month for not wearing Castle Logo in his jersey. He was fasting ...
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What is the longest six in cricket history?

Calculating the distance of the six hit by the batsmen is a new trend. I'd searched for longest six of cricket, some said it's from Shahid Afridi, some said, it's MSD and some saying Yuvi. I would ...
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Are there any sports that started as a women's sport?

I wonder, are there any sports that started as a women's sport and in a later period played by men (and accepted widely)? I believe all major sports I know was initially male-oriented (or at least ...
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What is the real game behind the Harlem Globe Trotters?

I've heard that the long running show The Harlem Globe Trotters was based on a real basketball match, that took place in the 40ies I think... What was that match, and what context made it become a ...
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How did football become so popular in Latin America, but not in anglophone North America? [closed]

It would be very interesting to know why football failed to achieve higher recognition despite the expanse of the British colonists in anglophone North America, being the 4-5th most popular team sport ...
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Which Olympic sport was the first to have a women's counterpart?

The original Olympics, in Greece, were male-only insofar as the participants, per my research. Modern Olympics, obviously, have men's and women's competitions. However, given that most Western nations ...
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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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NFL team “getting rid” of a player

NFL teams can cut or trade players they're no longer interested in. However, if the player is under a guaranteed contract, the team may have to pay him for as many years as his contract is valid. In ...
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Champions League biggest comebacks after 1st leg [duplicate]

Barcelona managed to beat PSG 6-1 in the second leg of 2017 round of 16 to win 6-5 on aggregate, having lost 4-0 in the first leg. Inspired by Barcelona' win, what are the biggest comebacks in ...
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What are the biggest comebacks in NFL postseason history?

The New England Patriots overcame a 25 point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. What are the top 5 comebacks in the NFL playoffs history?
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Are 2016 Patriots the only Super Bowl Champions who never led during the game?

The New England Patriots beat Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in overtime. During regulation they never led the game. The only time they ever led was at the end of the game. Does this make the ...
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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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NFL players with at least 5 Super Bowl rings

The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime of Super Bowl 51 (2017) to win the Lombardi Trophy. This makes Tom Brady (the quarterback of the New England Patriots) the first ...
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Has it every happened that a team that was ranked in the top 5 anytime during the season didn't make the NCAA Tournament?

Has it ever happened that a team that was ranked in the top 5 anytime during the season didn't make the NCAA Tournament?
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When did cross-checking become illegal in the NHL?

Does anybody know when the NHL prohibited cross-checking? Cross-checking occurs when a player checks an opponent by using the shaft of his or her stick with both hands [See Rule 59.1 of the NHL ...
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Where does the saying that a match ending in a draw is like “kissing your sister” come from?

My father told me that saying a number of times watching rugby over the years so I thought it was a South African saying but after watching this video I actually heard an NZ commentator mention it.
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Have any cricket matches been stopped for reasons other than weather/lighting?

A cricket match can be stopped due to weather conditions (rain) or bad light before getting the result. Have any international matches been stopped before getting the result for any reasons besides ...