History In The Headlines

Category: Sports

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Titanic’s Tennis Star Survivors

One hundred years ago, Tennis Hall of Famers Dick Williams and Karl Behr survived the most famous shipwreck in history.

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Baseball’s First Fountain of Youth

In 1889, pitcher Pud Galvin turned to a dubious elixir in hopes of reviving his baseball career.

Wilt Chamberlain in the early 1960s.

Wilt Chamberlain’s Epic Evening

Fifty years ago today, basketball Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain achieved one of the most incredible feats in sports history: scoring 100 points in a single NBA game.

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Super Bowl Owes Its Name to a Bouncy Ball

Professional football’s championship game owes its name to an unlikely source: the ultra-bouncy balls that entranced American children in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Gladiator Cries Foul Over Ref’s Blown Call From the Grave

Did a referee’s blown call cost a Roman gladiator his life some 1,800 years ago?

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How the U.S. President Became the Nation’s Star Athlete

What’s up with Obama’s ping-pong and JFK’s touch football? Just ask Teddy Roosevelt.

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The History of Ballpark Food

With baseball season back in full swing, we take a look at classic ballpark snacks like hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack.

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Baseball Opening Day Fun Facts

From record-breaking feats to streaking fans, Opening Day has seen its share of memorable moments in baseball history.

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Baseball’s First All-Star Game

Originally billed as a one-time “Game of the Century,” the All-Star Game has become a permanent and much-loved fixture of the baseball season.

Members of the Uruguay national football team in 1930, the year they won the inaugural World Cup.

80 Years of World Cup Facts

Ever since it first took place in Uruguay in 1930, the World Cup has provided a steady stream of memorable moments and astonishing feats.

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1950 World Cup: The Miracle on Green

At the 1950 World Cup, the United States pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the history of sports, beating all odds to defeat the polished English team.