Unsolicited Sports History

Unsolicited Sports History

History of sports you did not need or even ask for. Ben Darnell takes up your time by telling you the great sports stories of the past that have been forgotten by time.

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April 8, 2021 8 min
I tell my favorite Michigan football story to one of my favorite Michigan-native teammates. The 1934 Michigan Wolverines' 1-7 record is more than meets the eye.
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The Mascot's history is a sneak-peak of the athletic department's history. I school Mike Crispino, voice of UCONN, on Big East Mascots before he starts broadcasting the MSG spectacle.
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October 25, 2020 14 min
The ghosts of baseball are my favorite. They are a lot friendlier than the others.
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October 25, 2020 8 min
Next time you want to take in some New England college hockey, beware! You may be in the presence of a ghost.
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October 25, 2020 11 min
Of course the oldest sport in the world has ghosts hanging around.
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October 25, 2020 11 min
Pro-College-High school. The haunting is across the board in the game of Football in America.
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September 13, 2020 20 min
COVID-19 has to be challenging for elementary schools to deal with. I argue that these kids are actually living in much safer times. I call my 1st grade teacher out of the blue to discuss the history of playground equipment and how deadly it use to be.
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June 15, 2020 12 min
Who won the first triple crown? Was it a crown? Why those races? Who is Sir Barton?
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June 4, 2020 8 min
25 Years ago, MLB had to come back and face the fans after denying them baseball in 1994. Here is how it went down.
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May 17, 2020 13 min
It took stealing another school's mascot to come up with one of their own. This is the story of how UCONN got Jonathon.
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April 24, 2020 10 min
A short history of illegal pinball and how my dad got caught up in it.
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March 25, 2020 7 min
Why do Umpires do the things they do?
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March 20, 2020 7 min
Where did sign-stealing in baseball begin? Hartford, CT
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February 25, 2020 12 min
How the Harlem Globetrotters came to be and integrate basketball in the NBA, USA, throughout the world.
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January 27, 2020 8 min
Hartford, CT residents may have no idea they're walking on top of baseball history. Bulkely Bridge, Bulkely High. You ever wonder who that Bulkely guy was?
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January 12, 2020 12 min
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January 1, 2020 10 min
Zamboni, high school dropout turned ice-making genius.
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December 29, 2019 8 min
A foot of snow at kickoff, the NFL championship on the line, 12,000 in attendance. One of the greatest snow games ever played.
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December 29, 2019 7 min
Thanksgiving football in America is almost as old as Thanksgiving in America.
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December 29, 2019 11 min
3 sports ghost stories that are TRUE. Listen at your own risk.
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