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Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 26, 1999

In Reply to: Sports posted by Ron on December 26, 1999

: What is the source of the phrase, "hat trick," which means that a team or person scored three times?

: Example: Ron's hat trick wins the game (because he scored all three goals)!

"Hat trick" dates back to the late 1800's and originated from the English game of Cricket. The term refers to a bowler retiring three consecutive batsman with three consecutive balls which entitles him to be presented by his club with a new hat or some equivalent.