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Why is a marathon 26.2 miles?

The marathon may have ancient roots, but the foot race’s official length of 26.2 miles wasn’t established until the 20th century. The first organized ...
soccer

Why do some people call it soccer?

Known to most of the rest of the world as football, or “fútbol,” the beautiful game is almost exclusively referred to as soccer in the United States, ...
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Who invented basketball?

Basketball is the only major American sport with a clearly identifiable inventor. James Naismith wrote the sport’s original 13 rules as part of a ...
football

Who invented football?

The sport we in the United States know as football is more properly called gridiron football, for the vertical yard lines that mark the field. Closely ...
Who invented baseball?

Who invented baseball?

You may have heard that a young man named Abner Doubleday invented the game known as baseball in Cooperstown, New York, during the summer of 1839. ...
Shoeless Joe Jackson

Did Shoeless Joe Jackson conspire to throw the 1919 World Series?

With the third-highest career batting average in Major League Baseball history (.356), Joseph Jefferson “Shoeless Joe” Jackson would certainly be a ...