Monthly Archives: July 2017

Mentioned in Song Centerfield

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In John Fogerty’s 1985 song Centerfield, 3 baseball players are named by name. Who are they?

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In the 1985 song Centerfield by John Fogerty, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, and Joe DiMaggio are mentioned by name. The line “it ain’t so” is also a reference to Shoeless Joe Jackson. The saying,”Say it ain’t so, Joe,” was purported to have been said by a child to Joe Jackson as he left the courthouse during the trial concerning the Black Sox scandal.

Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine, watchin’ it from the bench;
You know I took some lumps when the Mighty Casey struck out.
So Say Hey Willie, tell Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio;
Don’t say “it ain’t so”, you know the time is now.

Oh, put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be centerfield.

First MLB Beacon Award Winners

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Who were the first winners of Major League Baseball’s Beacon Award?

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The Beacon Award was first awarded in 2007, in conjunction with MLB’s first annual preseason Civil Rights Game in Memphis, TN. “The award honors people’s contributions to civil rights and reflects their historical ties to baseball” (Source: MLB). The 2007 winners were:

  • Buck O’Neil (1911-2006), a player (1st baseman for the Negro leagues), manager (Negro leagues), scout (Kansas City Royals), the first black coach in the major leagues (Cubs in 1962), and tireless baseball ambassador
  • Filmmaker Spike Lee
  • Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Fame right fielder Roberto Clemente

Most NASCAR Wins in 1 Season

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What Driver has the most wins in a single NASCAR season?

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Richard Petty holds the record for the most wins in a single NASCAR season with 27 in the 1967 season. This was 27 wins out of 48 races that he competed in.

Famous Baseball Quote – “Don’t Look Back”

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Who said: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

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The quote “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” is attributed to baseball great Satchel Paige. This, and other of Paige’s rules, first appeared in the June 13, 1953 issue of Colliers.

First Tour of California

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When was the first Tour of California held?

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The Tour of California is an annual cycling stage race held in May of every year. The race is on the UCI World Tour and USA Cycling Professional Tour. The first Tour of California was held in 2006.

First Year for Each World Marathon Majors Race

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When was each of the individual World Marathon Majors marathon races first run?

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  • 1897 – Boston Marathon
  • 1970 – New York City Marathon
  • 1974 – Berlin Marathon
  • 1977 – Chicago Marathon
  • 1981 – London Marathon
  • 2007 – Tokyo Marathon

Most Consecutive British Open Victories

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Who holds the record for the most consecutive British Open victories?

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With four in a row from 1868 to 1872 (the tournament was not played in 1871), Young Tom Morris holds the record for the most consecutive British Open Victories. He is followed by three golfers who won three in a row:

  • Jamie Anderson, 1877-79
  • Bob Ferguson, 1880-82
  • Peter Thomson, 1954-56

First to Break 10 Seconds in 100 Metre Race

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Who was the first runner to break 10 seconds for a 100 metre race?

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Runner Jim Hines of the United States set a record of 9.9 seconds in a manually timed race on June 20, 1968 in Sacramento, California. At the Mexico City Olympics he recorded an electronically timed time of 9.95 seconds to win the gold medal. Because it was electronically timed, his 9.95 mark was considered faster than his manually timed 9.9. Jim Hines record of 9.95 seconds for the 100 metre race held a long time until it was broken by Calvin Smith of the United States who ran 100 metres in 9.93 seconds in 1983.

First Tour De France

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When was the first Tour de France held?

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The first Tour de France was held from July 1 to July 19, 1903. The first Tour had six stages over 2,428 km (1,509 miles), The modern Tour typically has 21 stages and is not more than 3,500 km (2,200 miles).

How to Calculate Slugging Percentage

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How is slugging percentage (SLG) calculated for professional baseball?

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At its most basic, slugging percentage is total bases divided by at bats. To be more specific:

SLG = (Singles + (2 x doubles) + (3 x triples) + (4 x home runs)) / At Bats. Walks are excluded from the calculation.