History Stories
CATEGORY: Sports
Why the Star-Spangled Banner is Played At Sporting Events
September 25, 2017

The tradition began during a time of national sorrow Read More

Hoover Home Movies Offer Unique Peek of the White House
March 24, 2017

The recently released reels may be the earliest color film ever taken of the building. Read More

The 19th-Century Black Sports Superstar You’ve Never Heard Of
March 23, 2017

Boxer Bill Richmond’s improbable rise from slavery to superstardom came almost a century before Jack Johnson even picked up a pair of gloves. Read More

You Won’t Believe Where the First NHL Outdoor Game Was Played
December 28, 2016

The Detroit Red Wings played the first outdoor game in National Hockey League history in a most unlikely place—in the yard of a maximum-security prison. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About Babe Didrikson Zaharias
June 24, 2016

Explore 10 fascinating facts about the multi-sport titan that the Associated Press once named the “Woman Athlete of the Half Century.” Read More

How Ping-Pong Diplomacy Thawed the Cold War
April 8, 2016

Find out how table tennis became an unlikely tool in international relations. Read More

The 3,500-Year-Old Rubber Ball That Changed Sports Forever
January 20, 2016

The bouncing rubber balls used to play today’s most popular sports can be traced back 3,500 years to the dangerous—and deadly—ancient Mesoamerican sport of ulama. Read More

The Miracle on Ice, 35 Years Ago
February 19, 2015

Thirty-five years after the U.S. hockey team pulled off their ‘miracle’ win over the Soviet Union, learn the story behind one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history. Read More

The Birth of the Tour de France, 110 Years Ago
June 28, 2013

The Tour de France, celebrating its 100th edition, was full of feats of endurance and, yes, cheating from its very first race. Read More

Remembering Long-Distance Swimmer Gertrude Ederle
August 21, 2012

As Diana Nyad abandons her swim from Cuba to Key West, take a look back at the first woman to swim the English Channel. Read More