Monthly Archives: May 2014

Most Consecutive North American Professional Sports Championships

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What team holds the record for the most consecutive professional sports championships in North America?

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The NBA’s Boston Celtics hold the record for the most consecutive professional sports championships in North America with eight NBA titles from 1959 to 1966. This was in a run of 10 consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals (from 1957 to 1966) in which the Celtics won the championship nine times.

Two teams are tied for second on the list with five consecutive wins. The first are the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens who won the Stanley Cup five times in a row from 1956 to 1960. This was part of seven consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals in which the Canadiens went 5 and 2.

The other team with five consecutive championships are the New York Yankees who won the World Series five times in a row from 1949 to 1953. Interestingly the New York Giants won the World Series in 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers won it in 1955, and the Yankees won it again in 1956 so the World Series Champion was from New York eight years in a row.

Walk-Off Home Run to Win World Series

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Who hit the first walk-off home run to win a world series? When did he do it? What other baseball great was a spectator?

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Hall of famer Bill Mazeroski hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th in the 1960 World Series to win the series for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the New York Yankees. Another hall of famer, Yogi Berra, playing left field that day, watched the ball go out for the home run.

Most French Open Singles Championships

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What tennis players have the most French Open (Open Era – after 1967) singles championships?

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The winners of the most French Open singles championships in the Open Era to date (2014) are:

  • Men’s Singles: Rafael Nadal with 8 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Women’s Singles: Chris Evert with 7 (1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986)

Player with Most NBA Championships

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What player has the most NBA championship rings?

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Bill Russell holds the record with a total of 11 championship rings acquired with the Boston Celtics over a 13-year career spanning 1956 through 1969.  He earned his rings in 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, and 1969. The runner-up is his former teammate Sam Jones, who was part of 10 championship teams.

Number of World Series Games for Yogi

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In how many World Series Games did Yogi Berra play?

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In his 18 seasons with the New York Yankees, Yogi Berra played in a total of 75 World Series games in 14 World Series (1947, 1949. 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963). In those 75 games he had 71 hits and 12 home runs. The Yankees won 10 of the 14 series in which Yogi played.

First PGA Championship Winner

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When was the first PGA Championship played and who was the winner?

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The first PGA Championship was played in 1916. It was won by Jim Barnes who also won the second PGA Championship in 1919. This was during the match play era for the event. The PGA Championship became a stroke play event in 1958.

3 Pointer All-Time NBA Leader

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Who is the NBA all-time leader for 3 point shots made?

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The all-time leader for 3 point shots made, with 2,973 made out of 7,429 attempts (40.0%), is Ray Allen. Allen is still an active player. During his career he has played with the Milwaukee Bucks (1996–2003), Seattle SuperSonics (2003–2007), Boston Celtics (2007–2012), and Miami Heat (2012–present). Number 2 on the list is hall of famer Reggie Miller who made 2,560 3-point shots in a career played entirely with the Indiana Pacers.

Winner of 2nd World Series

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When was the second World Series played and who won that series?

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The 1904 World Series was boycotted by the New York Giants so the second World Series was played in 1905. Ironically, it was won by the same New York Giants who boycotted the 1904 Series. They beat the Philadelphia Athletics 4 games to 1.

Winner of 1st Cy Young Award

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Who was the winner of the first Cy Young Award?

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The Cy Young Award was introduced in 1956 as an honor given annually to the best pitcher in the Major Leagues. When first introduced, the award was a combined award for the American League and National League. In 1967 the award was expanded to recognize the best pitcher in the American League and the best pitcher in the National League.

The winner of the first Cy Young Award in 1956 was the National League’s Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers who went 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA.

Horses That Just Missed Winning the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing

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California Chrome has won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and will be running in the Belmont Stakes on June 7, 2014 making it the latest contender for the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. How many horses have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness that did not go on to win the Triple Crown?

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19 horses won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and went on to lose in the Belmont Stakes. They are:

  • Pensive in 1944 *
  • Tim Tam in 1958 *
  • Carry Back in 1961
  • Northern Dancer in 1964
  • Kauai King in 1966
  • Forward Pass in 1968 *
  • Majestic Prince in 1969 *
  • Canonero II in 1971
  • Spectacular Bid in 1979
  • Pleasant Colony in 1981
  • Alysheba in 1987
  • Sunday Silence in 1989 *
  • Silver Charm in 1997 *
  • Real Quiet in 1998 *
  • Charismatic in 1999
  • War Emblem in 2002
  • Funny Cide in 2003
  • Smarty Jones in 2004 *
  • Big Brown in 2008
  • California Chrome 2014

* Horse came in second in the Belmont Stakes.

Three others won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness but did not go on to race in the Belmont Stakes. They are:

  • Burgoo King in 1932
  • Bold Venture in 1936
  • I’ll Have Another in 2012