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Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field Hits the Century Mark

As the iconic Chicago ballpark celebrates its 100th birthday this week, explore some facts about its colorful history, and that of four other iconic sports venues.

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The Sled Dog Relay That Inspired the Iditarod

Look back at the 1925 life-or-death mission that inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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America’s First Sports Superstar

A new book reveals how hard-hitting, hard-drinking Gilded Age boxer John L. Sullivan became America’s first sports hero.

Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King face off on September 20, 1973. (Credit: Getty Images)

Billie Jean King Wins the ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ 40 Years Ago

On the 40th anniversary of the so-called “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, take a look back at Billie Jean King’s straight-sets victory over self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Jesse Owens

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jesse Owens, learn 10 surprising facts about the Olympic track and field champion.

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The Birth of the Tour de France, 110 Years Ago

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

Francis Ouimet

Golf’s Greatest Surprise, 100 Years Ago

When Francis Ouimet—a working-class amateur with a 10-year-old caddie—beat the top pros in the 1913 U.S. Open, he changed golf forever.

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Secretariat’s Record-Breaking Run, 40 Years Later

Forty years after he entered the history books, check out some surprising facts about an American equine icon.

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The Battle for Jim Thorpe’s Body

As America celebrates the 125th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s birth, a judge has ordered his remains to be moved to his native Oklahoma.

Kevin Krigger riding Goldencents at the 2013 Santa Anita Derby.

The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Black Jockeys

As Kevin Krigger seeks to become the first black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby since 1902, learn about the African-American riders who once ruled the race.

March Madness

10 Things You May Not Know About March Madness

Get the facts on the history of March Madness, the single-elimination college basketball tournament that many consider the best event in sports.

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh and brother Jim, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, will face off in Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday.

Famous Brothers in History

As siblings Jim and John Harbaugh lead their teams into Super Bowl XLVII, explore some of history’s most famous brothers.

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A Brief History of College Bowl Games

As college football kicks off 2013 with six bowl games, explore the history of this New Year’s Day tradition.