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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May 24, 2022 5 min
The name of the race is a story within itself.
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The story of the first basketball game ever played is the story of how basketball was invented. Students beat teachers 5-1 using peach baskets as rims (no backboards). Where was the game actually played?
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March 3, 2022 12 min
Growing up in Indiana, basketball is somewhat your identity. It's March and I found a great story that reminds me of playing with my best friend. West Coast Christian beat Santa Cruz 1v5.
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October 7, 2021 18 min
Georgia Tech destroyed Cumberland College into nonexistence.
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July 20, 2021 12 min
The origin of the Open Championship is a major turning point for the game of golf and its popularity. It is the era where golf went from private to public.
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Before you go spouting off your national anthem opinions, maybe you should learn a bit of the history of how it all started.
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July 2, 2021 16 min
Ben's only friend that rides religiously and follows the Tour de France is Tommy Gunn from NC. After a mysterious mishap of stage 1, Ben does not think it was all a mistake... especially after knowing the history of this race. USH school's Tommy on how this race has been based on cheating since day 1.
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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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March 15, 2021 13 min
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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