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Nearest-to-Home Team Spring Training Site

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Which Major League baseball team has its Spring Training home located in closest proximity to its regular-season home stadium?

Trivia Question Answer

The Arizona Diamond backs hold spring training at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick which is only 18.8 miles from their home field – Chase Stadium. Fun fact about the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is that it was the stadium to be built on Indian land. Second closest are the Tampa Bay Rays who hold spring training at the Charlotte Sports Park only 79.4 miles from Tropicana Field where they play their regular season home games (according to Google Maps). This is only 3.2 miles better than the Florida Marlins who hold spring training in Roger Dean Stadium 82.6 miles away from their home field Marlins Park.

Red Sox Spring Training Locations

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What are the last three locations that the Boston Red Sox have conducted their spring training?

Trivia Question Answer

The Boston Red Sox currently conduct spring training in Fort Myers, Florida at  JetBlue Park at Fenway South where they have been since 1993. Prior to that, the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida (1966-1992), and Scottsdale, Arizona (1959-1965).

Other Red Sox spring training locations prior to Scottsdale include: Charlottesville, VA (1901); Augusta, GA (1902); Macon, GA (1903-1906); Little Rock, AK (1907-1908); Hot Springs, AK (1909-1910, 1912-1918, 1920-1923); Redondo Beach, CA (1911); Tampa, FL (1919); San Antonio, TX (1924); New Orleans, LA (1925-1927); Bradenton, FL (1928-1929); Pensacola, FL (1930-1931); Savannah, GA (1932); Sarasota, FL (1933-1942, 1946-1958); Medford, MA (1943-1944); and Atlantic City, NJ (1945).

Most Consecutive NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships

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What school has won the most consecutive NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball championships?

Trivia Question Answer

UCLA won 7 championships in a row from 1967 to 1973. This was in a run that saw them win 9 of 10 championships from 1964 to 1973. Four of the UCLA teams had perfect 30-0 records during that ten year stretch.

First Team to Train in Arizona

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Although the Cactus League was not formed until the mid-1940s when a few teams regularly began training in Arizona, which Major League Baseball team had a one-year stint in 1929 as the first team to train in Arizona?

Trivia Question Answer

The Detroit Tigers trained in Phoenix in 1929. The Tigers were the only team to train in Arizona until the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants settled there for Spring Training and christened the Cactus League almost 20 years later.

1st Basketball Championship for the UCLA Men

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The UCLA men hold the record for the most men’s Division I NCAA basketball championships with 11. When did the UCLA men win their first basketball national championship?

Trivia Question Answer

The UCLA men won their first NCAA Division I basketball championship in 1964.