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: a program from the 1903 World Series. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Boston Defeats Pittsburgh in Baseball’s First World Series” https://blog.genealogybank.com/boston-defeats-pittsburgh-in-baseballs-first-world-series.html

Photo: a program from the 1903 World Series. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Boston Defeats Pittsburgh in Baseball’s First World Series” https://blog.genealogybank.com/boston-defeats-pittsburgh-in-baseballs-first-world-series.html

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

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

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

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

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.”

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.”

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

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

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 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.”

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.”

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.”

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 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

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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