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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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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 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