sports history quiz

Reunion & Homecoming weekend is coming up and sports will be a hot topic with all the excitement surrounding the dedication of the new East Campus Athletic Village.  With this in mind, I’ve prepared a little trivia quiz to engage you in some sports history.  I’ll post the answers on Thursday, October 1st [check the comments].

Feel free to post your answers in a comment — I’ll give you a virtual award if they are all correct.  Have fun!  🙂


1. Which of the following was the most popular sport at RPI before 1950?  (hint: it was the first team sport)

  • A. hockey
  • B. football
  • C. basketball
  • D. baseball

2. When did intercollegiate sports officially begin at RPI?

  • A. 1824
  • B. 1886
  • C. 1902
  • D. 1912

3. Which of the following women’s sports was NOT played in 1972?

  • A. soccer
  • B. softball
  • C. basketball
  • D. field hockey

4. Rensselaer’s first gymnasium is still standing:  TRUE OR FALSE?

5. Which sports have been played on the `86 Field?

  • A. football
  • B. baseball
  • C. lacrosse
  • D. tennis
  • E. all of the above

6. Which of the following venues was NOT located in the `87 Gym?

  • A. rifle range
  • B. swimming pool
  • C. running track
  • D. bowling alley
  • E. hockey rink

7. Multiple sports venues share this name:

  • A. Harkness
  • B. Houston
  • C. Robison
  • D. Anderson

8. Which of the following buildings was NOT originally built for athletics?

  • A. Alumni Sports and Recreation Center
  • B. 87 Gymnasium
  • C. Houston Field House
  • D. A and C
  • E. all of the above

9. The men’s hockey team won the NCAA championship in which two years?

  • A. 1953 and 1984
  • B. 1954 and 1985
  • C. 1955 and 1984
  • D. 1954 and 1986

10. What other RPI sport has won a national championship?

  • A. lacrosse
  • B. field hockey
  • C. cross country
  • D. football
  • E. tennis
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5 Responses to sports history quiz

  1. Bert says:

    OK, I’ll take a stab at this – without checking the archives web site. I can’t wait to see what some of the answers are!

    1. c
    2. b
    3. a (that’s a tough one)
    4. false
    5. e
    6. e
    7. c
    8. d
    9. b
    10. a?

  2. Tnelson says:

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