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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.

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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 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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The Stories Behind the Most SHOCKING News Headlines from Soccer World Cups in Old Newspapers blog.genealogyban... #WorldCup #FIFA

News from Soccer’s Previous World Cups in Old Newspapers

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A newspaper article about Arnold Palmer winning the Masters Tournament, published in the Springfield Union (Springfield, Massachusetts), 7 April 1958. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Organization & Preservation Tips for Genealogy Spring Cleaning.” blog.genealogyban...

A newspaper article about the 1995 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, published in the Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, South Dakota), 29 January 1995. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “NFL Family Trees: The Genealogy of 5 Famous Football Families.” blog.genealogyban...

A newspaper article about the 1984 Super Bowl, published in the Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 23 January 1984. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “NFL Family Trees: The Genealogy of 5 Famous Football Families.” blog.genealogyban...

A photo of Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms (quarterbacking the New York Giants), published in the Boston Herald newspaper (Boston, Massachusetts), 26 January 1987. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “NFL Family Trees: The Genealogy of 5 Famous Football Families.” blog.genealogyban...

Photos of football’s Super Bowl I, published in the Boston Record American newspaper (Boston, Massachusetts), 16 January 1967. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Game On! A Brief Genealogy & History of the Super Bowl.”

A newspaper article about the death of basketball great Wilt Chamberlain, published in the Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, South Dakota), 13 October 1999. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Remembering Robert E. Lee, John Denver & Wilt Chamberlain with Newspapers.”

A newspaper article and illustration about the pioneering baseball player and civil rights activist Jackie Robinson, published in the Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 25 October 1972. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jackie Robinson & Rosa Parks Obituaries.”

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.”

Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron: Baseball Superstar, Humanitarian—

Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron: Baseball Superstar, Humanitarian—& Gentleman

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