If You're Not 1st, You're Last!  Notable 1sts in Sports

If You're Not 1st, You're Last! Notable 1sts in Sports

A famous football coach named Vince Lombardi once said, "In sports, winning isn't everything, it's the ONLY thing". Athletes and teams compete to win. Another football coach, Herman Edwards, famously said in a press conference, "You PLAY to WIN the GAME". Another key feature of sports is becoming the 1st person or team to accomplish something. That's what this quiz is about. Let's see how well you remember these notable '1sts' in sports.

In what year did Jackie Robinson become the first Black player in MLB?

Who was the 1st Black pitcher to win the Cy Young Award?

When was the 1st World Series?

When was the 1st college football game played in the USA?

When was the 1st NFL game?

When was the 1st Masters?

In what year did a Black driver win a NASCAR race for the 1st time?

When was the 1st Tour de France?

When was the 1st Wimbledon?

When was the National League formed in MLB?

When was the 1st Boston Marathon?

When was the 1st Kentucky Derby?

What was the name of the 1st horse to win the Triple Crown?

Who was the 1st African American to win the Heavyweight Title?

What was the 1st American team in the NHL?

Who ran the 1st mile in under 4 minutes?

Who was the 1st woman to score points in an NCAA Football game?

Who was the 1st Black woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open?

Who was the first man to break the 10 second barrier in the 100 metre dash?

Who was the 1st Black man to win the Heisman Trophy?

Who became the 1st Black head coach in the NBA?

Who was the 1st Black head coach in the NFL?

In what year did 2 men become the 1st Black players in the NFL?

Who was the 1st Black man to play in the NBA?

Who was the 1st Black player to play in the NHL?

If You're Not 1st, You're Last! Notable 1sts in Sports

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Dave Morrissey

Dave is an accomplished economics instructor with over two decades of experience in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program. His students have consistently ranked in the top 10% annually, and one year they achieved the highest overall class average in the world. This outstanding achievement led a UK publisher to request that he write a textbook, an offer he declined in favor of creating sports quizzes, which he found more engaging.

In addition to his teaching career, Dave is also a former high school football coach, having won a couple of local championships. While he wishes he had won more, he continues to be deeply involved in football as a scout, recruiter, and social media creator for a university football team.

Dave's passions extend beyond the classroom and football field. He is an avid fan of live music and international travel, often combining these interests. He has traveled to Spain, England, Iceland, and Chile to see bands perform. His greatest pride and joy is his daughter, who has recently excelled in powerlifting. In just a few years, she has become the Canadian record holder for the bench press in her weight class and finished second overall in the combined national event (bench, deadlift, and squat) in Moose Jaw in March 2024. She will be representing Canada at the World Bench Competition in Austin, Texas, in May 2024.

A die-hard fan of the Las Vegas Raiders, Dave has experienced his share of sports heartache, having seen them play in seven NFL cities with six losses. His all-time favorite athlete is Don Mattingly, reflecting his deep love for sports that spans many arenas.