Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Al Oerter from Queens, New York, became the first athlete to win a gold medal in four consecutice summer Olympics. In which event was he successful?||Sport in New York
Discus. Oerter was born in Astoria, Queens, in 1936. An NCAA champion with the University of Kansas, he made his Olympic debut in Melbourne in 1956, winning the gold medal in the discus. He repeated the feat in 1960 in Rome, in 1964 in Tokyo, and in 1968 in Mexico City.
|New York city has been home to four Major League Baseball franchises. Which one created history in 1947 when they signed the first black player of the "modern era"?||Sport in New York
Brooklyn Dodgers. The "modern era" is generally regarded as beginning in 1901 with the formation of the American League. No black players took part in MLB until 1947, when Jackie Robinson made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers. His debut at Ebbets Field vs the Boston Braves is regarded as one of the most significant events in all of American sports.
New York Giants (moved to San Francisco in 1958)
Brooklyn Dodgers (moved to San Francisco in 1958)
New York Yankees (formed 1901)
New York Mets (formed 1962)
|Which resort in Essex County, NY, hosted the Winter Olympics in both 1932 and 1980?||Sport in New York
Lake Placid. Lake Placid is located in the Adirondack Mountains. It was the first American venue for the Winter Olympics in 1932, when only 17 nations took part. In 1980, 37 nations were present, including China, who were making their Winter Olympics debut. The 1980 games are best remembered for the "Miracle on Ice", whrn the USA ice hockey team defeated the USSR 4-3.
|The New York Knicks basketball team won two NBA titles in the early 1970s. Which coach was in charge of the team during those championship years?||Sport in New York
Red Holzman. William "Red" Holzman had been a scout for the Knicks prior to being appointed head coach in 1967. In 1969-70, the team won their first-ever NBA crown, defeating the LA Lakers 4-3 in the finals. The Lakers were the Knicks' final victims again 1972-73, this time by a score of four games to one. Holzman retired in 1982 with 613 victories with the Knicks.
Syracuse. The Syracuse Orange were members of the Big East Conference until 2013, when they moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Carrier Dome hosts both the basketball and gridiron teams. The Orange have been national champions in football (1959) and basketball (2003), but their most formidable squad is probably their men's lacrosse team, winners of ten national titles between 1983 and 2009.
|New York City has been home to the US Open tennis championships since their inception in 1968. Formerly held at Forest Hills, Flushing Meadows became their permanent home in 1978. The National Tennnis Center there is named after which legendary player?||Sport in New York
Billie Jean King. The US Open succeeded the US Championships when tennis became open to professionals in 1968. The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, was the venue for the first ten events, but the new National Tennis Center became the permanent venue in 1978. Located in Flushing, Queens, the complex was rededicated after King in 2006.
|The Buffalo Bills took part in four consecutive NFL Superbowls in the early 1990s under the guidance of which head coach?||Sport in New York
Marv Levy. Levy took over the reigns in Buffalo in 1986, and quickly transformed a franchise which had been an NFL doormat for years into a serious challenger. Behind the arm of QB Jim Kelly, the Bills reached the Superbowl in four straight seasons from 1990-91 until 1993-94. Sadly for Buffalo fans, their team came up short on each occasion.
|The New York Rangers have been playing NHL hockey at Madison Square Garden since 1926, but which other franchise shared the building with them until 1942?||Sport in New York
New York Americans. The Americans actually preceded the Rangers as an NHL franchise by one year, beginning play in 1925. They had little success on the ice, only reaching the play-offs in five out of seventeen seasons. Their final season, 1941-42, was spent under the new name of Brooklyn Americans, although they still played their home games at Madison Square Garden.