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If the following seems too long, you can directly jump at the end for the conclusion ins the TL;DR section. I'm not an historian and (almost) everything I tell below comes from internet research. More precisely, the whole stuff I tell below finds its source in various articles by the assyriologist Jens Høyrup. The king and the chess board in Indian and ...


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The earliest record (I have) found (searching the Internet) is the Persian Book Shahnameh, of which I know nothing more than the Wikipedia entry: The Shahnameh or Shah-nama (Persian: شاهنامه‎ Šāhnāmeh, "The Book of Kings") is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 AD and is the national epic of Iran and related ...


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Apparently, Poosball was an indoor game similar to basketball. It was also known as center ball and captain ball. According to Volume 30 of Mind and Body (1923) it was invented by Dr. E. A. Poos in 1890 while at the Woodward High School in Cincinnati. Dr Poos wrote a booklet about the game, but I don't have access to its contents. The game is also ...


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Olympic games in old Greece were traditionally held every 4 years. Modern olympic games respect that tradition. While in the beginning of modern olympics there were little economic pressure on the host (there were few sports and no expensive infrastructure was needed), nowdays it is just not economically feasible to held them more then once in 4 years. (Bear ...


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The obvious answer is the ancient Olympic Games, first established in 776 BC (according to legend), when Herakles1, Paeonaeus, Epimedes, Iasius and Idas raced at Olympia to honour Zeus. Olympia has been a site of religious activity since as early as the 10th century BC: Extensive deposits filled with ash and votive offerings from the sanctuary of ...


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I know this is an old question, but I feel the need to comment for those who might find this. First, there is a really good book on the origins of baseball -- Baseball Before We Knew It, by David Block. If you have an interest in the topic I highly recommend it. It is not so much that one of the two games was invented first, but more likely that they both ...


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The confusion is due to the difference between the Links - the sandy, grassy areas unsuitable for crops or buildings near the coast - and the course - the actual arrangement of tees, holes and traps. While the Links at St. Andrews has been home to golf for longer, the actual course is newer - in the early 19th Century, the links had to accomodate rabbit ...


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From Wikipedia: In spite of all this American growth in the game, it was slowly losing ground to a newcomer. In many cities, local cricket clubs were contributing to their own demise by encouraging crossover to the developing game of baseball. After the United States Civil War the Cincinnati Red Stockings brought a talented young bowler from the St. ...


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For the record, in terms of modern sporting events, the earliest recorded international sporting event is said to be a cricket match which was played between the United States of America versus the British Empire's Canadian Province in 1844: It is one of cricket's curiosities that the oldest international rivalry is not, as many assume, England against ...


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The Mesoamerican Ballgame was played in more-ancient times than the Grecian games (1600 BCE) - but there is not a strong opinion about whether it was played as an inter-nation event in such ancient times. Certainly, for the Aztecs, the ballgame had a ritual significance, also we know that their conduct of ritual was a political stage that hierarchically ...


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The games of cricket and baseball are similar and can be looked at in an evolving type of way. Games similar to cricket were developed and the sport progressed as the rules and concepts changed. Over the course of hundreds of years the sport of baseball was created. To be correct Cricket may have not have even come first. See this reference to Rounders. ...


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Besides the Football War you mention, the only instance I know of that a football game influenced an actual war is case #10 listed below, the 1990 Red Star vs. Dinamo game in Zagreb. Here is a list of ten games that featured violent outcomes: 2012, Port Said-Cairo match in Egypt saw over 70 people killed accompanied by massive riots and burning down of the ...


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All this is based on HARPASTUM, from AerobiologicalEngineering.com: (Original source citations are from my own research) Harpastum was known as the Small Ball Game. The ball was "small" by virtue of its not being as large as a follis, paganica, or soccer-sized ball. This was a hard ball probably about the size and solidity of a softball. This ...


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It appears the game involved trying to hit a target with wine lees (fermentation residue). So presumably the bowl in the other hand would hold more wine, with which to refill the drinking cup. These days the lees is typically filtered out of the wine before the consumer ever sees it, denying us the excitement (not to mention sanitation issues) of this ...


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Based on a German question-answer site: The left handed based falconry is based on the falconry on horses. You have the falcon on the left hand and the right hand is free to hold the rein. In meantime there are people with the falcon on the right hand. Other answers: You need the right hand to hold a line. Or they need a free hand and most people are right ...


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John Ceburn West, the late 19th century inventor of the Alligator http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alligator_boat, the steam warping tug, also patented an invention that would carefully apply a layer of ice to roads. It was very much like the modern Zamboni machine, with the minor variation of being horse-drawn and coal-fired. It was never a success. Perhaps ...


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I suspect that there is no reliable answer; the point of the story seems not to be to report fact, but to establish that Lincoln was physically capable and emotionally agile enough to turn an adversary into a friend. Jack Norton agrees that Lincoln won the match. Mr. Lincoln and Friends agrees, but they have a dramatically different play by play. Mr. ...


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The city state of Siena comes to mind. Today it is famous for the horse race the Palio di Siena, which pits the cities nine districts against one another. Modern life in Siena still revolves around the horse races and citizens have little contact outside their own district. During the Middle Ages, the citizens took part in numerous sports competitions ...



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