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American Sports History

From the moment Americans began playing organized sports, newspapers have covered the games and players—providing stories, illustrations & photos, and scores & statistics. Whether your interest is sports history, sports legends, the greatest moments in sports, or just want to see mention of great-grandfather’s brief major league career, old newspapers are your best source for historical sports coverage.

Photo of the New York Giants celebrating after Bobby Thomson’s home run won the 1951 National League pennant, published in the Trenton Evening Times newspaper (Trenton, New Jersey), 4 October 1951. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Baseball History: Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World.” blog.genealogyban...

Baseball History: Thomson’s ‘Shot Heard ’Round the World’

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Photo of the New York Giants celebrating after Bobby Thomson’s home run won the 1951 National League pennant, published in the Advocate newspaper (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), 4 October 1951. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Baseball History: Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World.” blog.genealogyban...

Baseball History: Thomson’s ‘Shot Heard ’Round the World’

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Photo of New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson; image taken from a baseball card issued by Bowman Gum in 1948. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Baseball History: Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World.” blog.genealogyban...

Baseball History: Thomson’s ‘Shot Heard ’Round the World’

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While researching his family tree, genealogist Scott Phillips learned about his brother-in-law’s father, Lee Tressel—a member of the inaugural class inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame; article published in the Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 17 April 1981. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Making an All-Inclusive Family Tree through Newspaper Research.”