Monthly Archives: July 2014

Brothers In 4 Back-to-Back Home Run Strings

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Four home runs have been hit back-to-back seven times in Major League Baseball. On separate occasions, playing for different teams, two brothers have participated in these strings of home runs, one of them twice. Name those two brothers.

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J.D. Drew, as a player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, hit the 2nd home run in a four-in-a-row string against the San Diego Padres on 9/18/2006. He then repeated the feat with the Boston Red Sox also as the 2nd home run in four-in-a-row against the New York Yankees on 4/22/2007. His brother, Stephen Drew, completed a four-in-a-row string for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Milwaukee Brewers on 8/11/2010.

First Soccer World Cup Victory for Unified Germany

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What was the first World Cup championship for Germany since reunification?

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The 2014 World Cup, Germany’s fourth, is the first World Cup victory for Germany since reunification. The previous World Cup for Germany was for West Germany in 1990. The reunification treaty creating a single Germany was signed on August 31, 1990 and Germany officially reunited on October 3, 1990. The finals for the 1990 World Cup were played on July 8, 1990. West Germany defeated Argentina 1-0, the same opponent and the same score as Germany’s 2014 World Cup victory.

First Heavyweight Title for Muhammad Ali

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When did boxing great Muhammad Ali win his first heavyweight title and who did he defeat?

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Muhammad Ali won his first heavyweight title on February 25, 1964 in a title fight in Miami, Florida. He defeated Sonny Liston when Liston failed to answer the bell in the 7th round.

Baseball Hall of Famer Flying Combat Missions

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What baseball hall of fame legend flew 39 combat missions in a jet fighter during two tours of duty in the Korean War?

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Hall of fame great Ted Williams flew 39 combat missions during two tours of duty over two years during the Korean war. He also spent three years as a Marine flight instructor during World War II.

First Masters Winner Not From United States

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Who was the first non-American golfer to win the Masters Golf Tournament?

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In 1961, Gary Player of South Africa won the Masters with a score of 8 under par to become the first golfer from outside of the United States to win the Masters. Gary Player went on to win the Masters again in 1974 and 1978.

500 or More Hits for Four Different Teams

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Only one player has 500 or more hits with each of four different major league baseball teams. Name that player.

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Rusty Staub got 500 or more hits for:

  1. Detroit – 582
  2. Houston – 792
  3. Montreal – 531
  4. New York Mets – 720

First Class in International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame

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The International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame was founded by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1980. It’s goal is to recognize female athletes and coaches who have made history in women’s sports. Who were the inductees in its first year of operation, 1980?

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In 1980 the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first class: Inducted that year were:

  • Billie Jean King – Tennis
  • Eleanor Holm* – Swimming
  • Althea Gibson* – Tennis
  • Amelia Earhart* – Aviator
  • Gertrude Ederle* – Swimming
  • Patty Berg* – Golf
  • Wilma Rudolph* – Track & Field
  • Janet Guthrie – Auto Racing
  • Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias* – Golf, Track

* Deceased

Most Consecutive Championships

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Of the 4 major North American Sports (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey), what sports team has won the most consecutive championships?

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The crown for the most consecutive championships goes to basketball’s Boston Celtics, who won 8 championships in a row from from 1959 to 1966. The crown for the 2nd most consecutive championships goes to 2 teams – baseball’s New York Yankees with 5 World Series Championships from 1949 to 1953, and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League who had 5 consecutive Grey Cup Championships from 1978 to 1982.

Most Championships of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

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What team or teams won the most championships of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League?

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The Rockford Peaches were by far the most successful team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) from a championship stand point. They were part of the league from 1943 to 1954 (its entire existence). During that time they won four championships in 1945, 1948, 1949, and 1950. Three other teams are tied for two championships – the Grand Rapids Chicks (1947, and 1953), the Racine Belles (1943, and 1946), and the South Bend Blue Sox (1951, and 1952).

First to Throw a Slider

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The slider is widely believed to be one of the most difficult pitches to hit. What pitcher is credited with being the first to throw the slider?

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George Blaeholder, a right handed pitcher who amassed an unremarkable 104-125 record from 1925 to 1936, most of which was with the St. Louis Browns, is credited with being the first pitcher to throw a slider.