Monthly Archives: June 2014

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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Who wrote the baseball anthem “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and when was it written?

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The song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was written by Jack Norworth in 1908. The music was written by Albert Von Tilzer. Interestingly, Jack Norworth did not attend his first baseball game until June 27, 1940.

Hank Aaron’s Rookie Number

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Hank Aaron is remembered for wearing number 44. What number did Hank Aaron wear in his rookie season?

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In his rookie season, 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves, Hank Aaron wore number 5. He switched to number 44 in 1955, also with Milwaukee. Another interesting Aaron rookie fact – his salary for his first year in the majors was $5,000.

First Golfer to Win Back-to-Back US Open Championships

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Who was the first golfer to win back-to-back US Open Championships?

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Willie Anderson of Scotland not only was the first golfer to win back-to-back US Open Championships, he is the first and only golfer to win the US Open three times in a row (1903, 1904, 1905). He also won the US Open in 1901, making him one of only four golfers to win the US Open four times.

Saves and Blown Saves Become Official

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When did the save and blown save become official Major League Baseball statistics?

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The save became an official Major League Baseball statistic in 1969. A save is earned by a pitcher who:

  • Finishes the game won by his team
  • Does not receive the win
  • And one of the following:
    • Enters the game with a lead of 3 runs or less and pitches at least one inning
    • Enters the game with the tying run either on base, at bat, or on deck
    • Pitches effectively for at least 3 innings

The blown save became official in 1998.

 

NASCAR White Flag

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What does the white flag mean in a NASCAR race?

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In a NASCAR race, the white flag signifies one lap remaining in the race. For a complete description of NASCAR’s flags see NASCAR RACING FLAGS.

Jack Nicklaus 1st Professional Win

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What was the first professional win for golfer Jack Nicklaus?

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The first professional win for Jack Nicklaus was also his first major championship victory – the 1962 U.S. Open. In that match he defeated golf great Arnold Palmer in an 18 round playoff.

Runner Up But Never FIFA World Cup Champion

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Going into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, what countries have been runners up but have never won the World Cup?

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Going into the 2014 FIFA World Cup four countries have been runners up but have never won the World Cup. They are:

  • Netherlands who has been a 3 time runner up (1974, 1978, 2010)
  • Czechoslovakia who has been a 2 time runner up (1934, 1962)
  • Hungary who has been a 2 time runner up (1938, 1954)
  • Sweden who has been a runner up once (1958)

 

Famous Baseball Quote About Determination

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Who said – “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination“?

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Tommy Lasorda, long time manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers (1976-1996), is credited with saying “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.

Youngest Pitcher in MLB History

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Who was the youngest pitcher to appear in a Major League Baseball game in the modern era (20th & 21st century)?

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Pitcher Joe Nuxhall made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds on June 10, 1944, at the age of 15 years, 10 months, and 11 days. He pitched for 2/3 of the 9th inning. The reds were behind 13 to 0. His line on the day was 2 hits, 5 walks, and 5 runs. Joe re-debuted in the majors in 1952. He played 16 years in the majors, 15 of which were with the Cincinnati Reds. After playing he went on to be a Reds broadcaster. His signature radio signoff phrase was “…Rounding third and heading for home“.

Best Finish for the United States in the FIFA World Cup

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To date, 2014, what was the best finish for the United Stares in the FIFA World Cup?

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To date, the best finish for the United States in the FIFA World Cup was third in the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. This was established on the basis of their record as there was no actual third place match in the 1930 World Cup.