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The Alley Oop play was developed in 1950s American football games by the San Francisco 49ers' Y.A. Tittle and R.C. Owens. Tittle, who played as quarterback, would throw the ball into the end zone high like a jump ball, and Owens would jump up and catch it. The play was named after V. T. Hamlin's comics strip character Alley Oop; and Owens himself was known as "Alley Oop".
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