Monthly Archives: October 2014

First NCAA Division I Hockey Champion

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What college or university won the first NCAA Division I Hockey Championship?

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Michigan won the first NCAA Division I Hockey Championship in 1948. The next four winners were: Boston College (1949), Colorado Col. (1950), Michigan (1951), and Michigan (1952).

First Monday Night Football Game

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When was the first Monday Night Football Game played?

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The first Monday Night Football Game was played on Monday, September 21, 1970. In that game the Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Jets 31 to 21.

Yankees Best and Worst Season

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What were the best and worst seasons for the New York Yankees?

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  • Best Season: The Yankees best season when the season was 154 games long was in 1927 when they went 110 and 44 (.714). Their best season for a 162 game season was 1998 when they went 114 and 48 (.704). They won the World Series both seasons.
  • Worst Season: The Yankees worst season came in 1912 when they went 50 and 102 (.329). It was one of only two 100+ game losing seasons in Yankee history, the other coming in 1908 when they went 51 and 103 (.331).

Longest NFL Kick Return Records

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What are the NFL records for the longest kick returns?

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According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the longest kick returns are:

  • Longest Kickoff Return: 109 yards by Cordarrelle Patterson of the Minnesota Vikings against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 27, 2013
  • Longest Punt Return: 103 yards by Robert Bailey of the Los Angeles Rams in a game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 23, 1994
  • Longest Return of a Missed Field Goal: 109 yards by Antonio Cromartie of the San Diego Chargers in a game between the San Diego Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 4, 2007

Paul Bunyan’s Axe

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What is college football’s Paul Bunyan’s Axe Trophy?

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Paul Bunyan’s Axe is awarded every year to the winner of the college football game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers. It originated in 1948.

Joe DiMaggio Rookie Number

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What number did Joe DiMaggio originally wear in his rookie season with the Yankees?

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Joe DiMaggio played his Rookie season for the New York Yankees in 1936 wearing uniform number 9. In 1937 he switched to number 5, the number he wore until his retirement in 1951. The Yankees retired his number in 1952. DiMaggio was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

First World Series Championship for the San Francisco Giants

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When did the San Francisco Giants win their first World Series Championship?

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The San Francisco Giants won their first World Series Championship in 1905 as the New York Giants defeating the Philadelphia Athletics 4 games to 1. Their first win as the San Francisco Giants came in 2010 when they defeated the Texas Rangers 4 games to 1.

First Wild Card Team to Win World Series

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Who was the first Major League Baseball playoff Wild Card team to go on to win the World Series?

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The first Wild Card team to make the MLB playoffs and then go on to win the World Series was the Florida Marlins who beat Cleveland in the 1997 World Series 4 games to 3.

Most Punts Blocked in a Season

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What is the NFL record for the most punts blocked in a season?

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In the 1988 NFL season, Harry Newsome of the Pittsburgh Steelers had 6 punts blocked to set the NFL record. Prior to that the most punts he had blocked in a season was 3, and after that he never had more than 1 punt blocked in a season.