Sports History

The history of sports is the history of power, politics and progress. From ancient origins to groundbreaking firsts: Sometimes sports makes history, sometimes sports is history.

What Was the Curse of the Bambino—and How Was Baseball's Greatest Hex Broken?

What Was the Curse of the Bambino—and How Was Baseball's Greatest Hex Broken?

Before gaining his greatest fame with the New York Yankees, Babe Ruth was a star with the rival Boston Red Sox. As an ace pitcher and slugging outfielder, Ruth helped Boston win three World Series titles in his first six seasons with the team. Then, after the 1919 season, Red Sox ...read more

The Lithuanian Immigrant Who Launched the First Women’s College Basketball Game

The Lithuanian Immigrant Who Launched the First Women’s College Basketball Game

Women's sports were widely condemned in the 1890s. Modern Olympics Games founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin called the activities "indecent," and even bicycle riding by women was decried as "vicious" by The Atlantic, a prestigious magazine. But the norms of the era didn't deter a ...read more

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8 Scandals That Rocked the NFL

The NFL has endured a number of scandals in its 100-year-plus existence. From "Spygate" and "Deflategate" to a dogfighting ring and defamation suits, here are eight examples of cheating, wagering or bad behavior that have stirred controversy and given the football league black ...read more

The Teen Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, Jackie Mitchell

The 18-Year-Old Woman Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

In the depths of the Depression, Joe Engel, the "Baron of Baloney," would do almost anything to promote his minor league baseball team. The owner of the Chattanooga (Tennessee) Lookouts traded a shortstop for a 25-pound turkey, placed singing canaries in grandstands, and featured ...read more