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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: 1933 Babe Ruth “Sport Kings” baseball card produced by the Goudey Gum Company. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Babe Ruth Wins First All-Star Game with Bat and Glove.” https://blog.genealogybank.com/babe-ruth-wins-first-all-star-game-with-bat-and-glove.html

Babe Ruth Wins First All-Star Game with Bat and Glove

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An article about car racer Dario Resta, published in the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, Michigan), 28 June 1915, page 10. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Newspaper Archives of Grandma & Grandpa’s Tips from 100 Years Ago” https://blog.genealogybank.com/newspaper-archives-of-grandma-grandpas-tips-from-100-years-ago.html

Newspaper Archives of Grandma & Grandpa’s Tips from 100 Years Ago

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An article about the Baker City High School football team, published in the Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 2 December 1901, page 3. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “12 Types of Newspaper Articles for Genealogy Research, Part II” https://blog.genealogybank.com/for-the-12-days-of-christmas-12-types-of-newspaper-articles-for-genealogy-research-part-ii.html

For the 12 Days of Christmas: 12 Types of Newspaper Articles for Genealogy Research, Part II

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Article about Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku, published in the Oregonian newspaper (Portland, Oregon), 24 September 1917. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Google Remembers Olympian & Surfer Duke Kahanamoku.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/google-remembers-olympian-surfer-duke-kahanamoku.html

Google Remembers Olympian & Surfer Duke Kahanamoku

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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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/baseball-history-thomsons-shot-heard-round-the-world.html

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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/baseball-history-thomsons-shot-heard-round-the-world.html

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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/baseball-history-thomsons-shot-heard-round-the-world.html

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 http://blog.genealogybank.com/news-from-soccers-previous-world-cups-in-old-newspapers.html #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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/organization-preservation-tips-for-genealogy-spring-cleaning.html

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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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/nfl-family-trees-the-genealogy-of-5-famous-football-families.html

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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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/nfl-family-trees-the-genealogy-of-5-famous-football-families.html

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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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/nfl-family-trees-the-genealogy-of-5-famous-football-families.html

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron: Baseball Superstar, Humanitarian—

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

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