September 2, 490 B.C.E. - Phidippides of Athens
ran the legendary first marathon in running from Marathon to
Athens, distance of about 25 miles, to announce defeat of the
Persian army after the Battle of Marathon; 1896 - in his honor,
26-mile marathon became part of the Olympic Games.
1754 - Society of
St Andrews Golfers founded.
1764 - Standard
round of golf established at 18 holes.
1823 - Rugby
Football 'invented' at Rugby School.
1829 - First
Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race.
June 14, 1834
- Leonard Norcross, of Dixfield, ME, received first U.S. patent
for a practical underwater diving suit; called it a "Diving
Armor," designed as an airtight leather outfit with a brass
helmet connected via a rubber hose to an air bellows pump on a
boat; feet were weighted with lead shot to reduce buoyancy;
1829 - Augustus Siebe designed first truly effective
diving suit with pump; equipped French Navy until 1857.
June 12, 1839
- According to legend, Abner Doubleday created baseball.
June 14, 1839 - First Henley Regatta held.
16, 1841 - Napoleon E. Guerin, of New York City,
received a patent for a "Life Preserver"; form of jacket or
waistcoat of with 18 to 20 quarts of rasped or grated cork
July 30, 1844
- New York Yacht Club formed; July 15, 1845 -
members of New York Yacht Club met in Hoboken, NJ
clubhouse for first time; July 17, 1845 - New York
Yacht Club held first regatta.
August 29, 1844
- First white-Indian lacrosse game in Montreal; Indians won.
June 3, 1851
- New York Knickerbockers became first baseball team to wear
August 22, 1851
- U.S.-built schooner America (launched May 3, 1851) beat 14 of
Britain's finest ships in 11-hour, 50-mile Hundred Guinea Cup
regatta around England's Isle of Wight; won Royal Yacht Squadron
Cup, silver trophy, later donated to New York Yacht Club on
condition that it be forever placed in international
competition; August 1870 - first race for trophy
when British ship Cambria competed against 14 American yachts in
Lower New York Bay; renamed the America's Cup; schooner Magic
won race; 1983 - United States lost the trophy for
the first time in 132 years when Australia II defeated Liberty
off Newport, Rhode Island.
August 3, 1852
- America's first intercollegiate athletic event held as Yale
and Harvard met for a crew race on Lake Winnipesaukee in Center
Brooklyn Sports Writer, Henry Chadwick, of the "New York
Clipper" paper, devoted to theater sports, theater, grew
disgusted with method of scoring a baseball game; designed his
own system; assigned numbers to various positions, helped
develop easily understood box score; same box score used today
(with few minor differences).
March 7, 1857
- Baseball decided 9 innings constituted official game.
April 12, 1858
- First U.S. billiards championship (Michael J Phelan won in
1859 - Don Refugio Bernal (son of Spaniard Don
Agustin Bernal) organized Floral Fair, built original racetrack
on 52,000-acre ranch in Alisal, CA (part of Northern California
land grant, Rancho Valle de San Jose; now Pleasanton, CA);
Augustin and Antonio Bernal (sons) took over;
1872 - property
left to his Frederick Bernal (son of Augustin);
1876 - acquired by
Joseph F. Nevis (married Augustin Bernal's widow); improved
track to meet regulation specifications, operated it as
business; 1882 -
acquired by Monroe Salisbury (multi-millionaire Australian horse
breeder) for $25,000; operated as Pleasanton Stock Farm;
1911 - acquired by
businessman Rodney G. MacKenzie (son of Canadian railroad
tycoon); built grandstand, lavish quarters for guests, stables
to house 300 horses; June 29, 1912
- Alameda County Fair Association formed;
October 23-27, 1912 - first Alameda
County Fair in Pleasanton, CA (had approached group of county
businessmen and ranchers with proposal to hold county fair on
his property - to turn profit on newly acquired racetrack);
1933 - California
legalized pari-mutuel betting; 1939 - Alameda County Fair
Association established; racing fair boasts livestock and
- nine days of races for handle of $432,644 (national record);
2004 - second
highest racing handle in Fair history ($35,776,350, up 4% from
2003); July 3, 2004
- highest single day race handle in Northern California Fair
history ($4,586,825); oldest one-mile track in America
(thoroughbred, quarter horse racing); largest county fair in
Northern California, largest public event in Alameda County.
June 28, 1859
- First dog show held, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.
July 1, 1859
- First intercollegiate baseball game played;
Amherst beat Williams 66-32.
- San Francisco Olympic Club formed, first U.S.
June 19, 1867
- First running of Belmont Stakes at Jerome Park Racecourse;
four horses started: Ruthless, DeCourcey, Rivoli, Monday;
Ruthless, owned by Francis Morris and ridden by jockey
Gilpatrick, won mile and five furlong race in 3:05.
September 8, 1868
- Henry Buermeyer, John Babcock, William Curtis, 11 others,
gathered in Knickerbocker Cottage, Manhattan tavern, for
first meeting of what would become New York Athletic Club;
formed to bring structure to sporting environment that was
lacking in organization and uniformity of measurement; organized
the first US championships in boxing, wrestling and outdoor
track and field.
March 15, 1869
- Cincinnati Red Stockings became first pro baseball team.
November 6, 1869
- Rutgers University beat Princeton 6-4 in first intercollegiate football game in New Brunswick,
October 25, 1870
- Pimlico Race Course opened in Baltimore; second oldest race
track in U. S., behind Saratoga (1864); constructed by Maryland
Jockey Club on 70 acres west of Jones Falls, MD at suggestion of
Gov. Oden Bowie; "Pimlico" - name given to are by
English settlers in 1669.
November 30, 1872
and England played first international football (soccer) match in Glasgow; ended with no score.
English army major Walter Clopton Wingfield first promoted lawn
tennis as sport; January 1888 - Lawn Tennis
Association founded at Freemasons’ Tavern in Great Queen
Street, London; William Renshaw, six times Wimbledon champion,
became first president.
1873 - First
Preakness run; G Barbee aboard Survivor won in 2:43.
October 19, 1873
- Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University,
Rutgers University drafted first code of football rules.
March 2, 1874 -
Baseball batter's box officially adopted.
May 17, 1875 - First Kentucky Derby run; Oliver
Lewis, aboard Aristides, won in 2:37.75.
February 2, 1876
- William Hulbert, part owner of Chicago's National Association
team, Albert Spalding founded National League of Professional
Base Ball Clubs; eight teams: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New
York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville and Hartford. Hulbert
credited with establishing respectability, integrity, sound
foundation for new league with relentless opposition to
betting, rowdiness, other prevalent abuses that threatened
April 1, 1876
- First official NL baseball game (Boston-6, Phila-5).
June 3, 1876
- Lacrosse introduced in Britain and Canada.
Westminster Kennel Club officially formed; first Annual New York
Bench Show of Dogs, hosted by WKC, staged at Gilmore's Garden
(forerunner of Madison Square Garden) in New York City; drew
entry of 1,201 dogs.
April 12, 1877
- Catcher's mask first used in baseball game.
July 9, 1877
- All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club began first lawn
tennis tournament at Wimbledon (21 amateur players competed
in Gentlemen Singles event);
winner was to take home a
25-guinea trophy; 200 spectators
paid shilling each to see William Marshall, Cambridge tennis
"Blue," battle W. Spencer Gore, Old Harrovian racket player; final lasted only 48 minutes, 27-year-old Gore
dominated with strong volleying game, crushed Marshall,
6-1, 6-2, 6-4; 1868
All England Club established on four acres of
meadowland outside London; originally founded to promote
croquet, growing popularity of tennis led it to incorporate
tennis lawns into its facilities; 1968
- Wimbledon welcomed pros, quickly regained status as
world's top tennis tournament; only major tennis event still
played on grass.
1878 - Newton
Heath LYR (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) football (soccer)
team formed; 1900 - John Henry Davies, brewer,
invested in club, in return for some interest in running it;
April/May 1902 - name changed to Manchester United;
September 1903 - Ernest Mangnall appointed
secretary, widely acknowledged as club's first manager;
1907/08 - won Football League Championship for first
time; August 30, 1919 - returned to League
football after four-year gap caused by WW I; December
193131 - bankruptcy threat; James Gibson, manufacturer
of army uniforms, invested £30,000, paid players, got club back
on track; May 2005 - control acquired by Malcolm
Glazer, owner of Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for $1.47 billion.
February 12, 1878
- Frederick W. Thayer, of Waverly, MA, captain of Harvard
University Baseball Club, received a patent for an "Improvement
in Masks" ("to protect the face of a player from being hit or
injured by a base-ball while in flight toward him, and also at
the same time to not materially obstruct his sight. It is
usually to be worn by the catcher or person in rear of the
striker or bat-wielder"); baseball catcher's mask.
March 13, 1878
Oxford defeated Cambridge in first collegiate golf match.
March 31, 1878
- Jack Johnson first black to hold heavyweight boxing title.
May 31, 1879
- Madison Square Garden I opened; 1889 - torn
down; June 16, 1890 - Madison Square Garden II
opened (designed by Stanford White); capacity of 17,000;
December 15, 1925 - Madison Square Garden III opened;
February 11, 1968 - Madison Square Garden IV opened.
April 24, 1880
- Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men's
athletics in England and Wales, founded in Oxford, England.
June 12, 1880
- Lee Richmond, of Worcester Ruby Legs, pitched first perfect game
in major league history (1-0 victory over Cleveland Blues).
7, 1880 - George Ligowsky, of Cincinnati, OH, received
patent for a "Flying Target"; device to throw clay pigeons for
May 21, 1881 - United States Lawn Tennis
Association formed in New York City.
10, 1881 - Roger Connor, of Troy City in upstate New
York, hit first grand slam of major leagues.
February 7, 1882 - John L. Sullivan won
last bare-knuckle heavyweight boxing championship; KOd Paddy
Ryan in MS.
- John ‘‘Bud’’ Hillerich (family opened woodworking shop in
Louisville, KY in 1855) began making baseball bats (either for
local legend Pete Browning of Louisville Eclipse or for
Arlie Latham of St. Louis browns in 1883); became world-famous
"Louisville Slugger" baseball bat, changed face of baseball;
1905 - Honus Wagner (Pittsburgh Pirates) signed deal
with company, first baseball player to officially endorse a bat;
1916 - Frank Bradsby, salesman, became partner,
name changed to Hillerich and Bradsby; July 9, 1940
- registered "Louisville Slugger" trademark first used October
10, 1938 (advertising novelties-namely, pens, pencils, and the
like in the form of miniature baseball bats); 2007
- contracts with 60%-70% of MLB players (35-40% of market for
May 5, 1884 -
Brooklyn Atlantics (owned by Charles Byrne, Joseph Doyle,
Ferdinand Abell) played first professional game in American
Association; 1885 - renamed Brooklyn Grays;
renamed Brooklyn Bridegrooms; April 28, 1890 -
played first National League game in Brooklyn;
1900 - team
acquired by Charles Ebbets; 1908 - 50% of team
acquired by Ed and Steve McKeever; April 9, 1913 -
Dodgers dedicated 18,000-seat Ebbets Field in game against
Phillies; 1941 - Walter O'Malley appointed team's
attorney; October of 1950 - O'Malley became
president, chief stockholder; May 28, 1957 -
National League approved Dodgers, Giants moves to California;
April 18, 1958 - opening day at L.A. Memorial
Coliseum, 78,672 fans; April 10, 1962 - opening
day at Dodger Stadium (56,000-seat capacity); March 17,
1970 - Peter O'Malley named club president; March
19, 1998 - Major League Baseball owners approved sale of
Dodgers to The FOX Group; April 20, 1999 -
surpassed 100 million mark in home attendance since Dodger
Stadium opened in 1962 (drawn at least 2 million fans for record
27 consecutive seasons); October 28, 1999 - Robert
A. Daly, Chairman and Co-CEO of Warner Bros., Warner Music Group
since 1980, minority owner of Dodgers, became Chairman and CEO,
club's managing partner; January 29, 2004 - Major
League Baseball unanimously approved sale of Dodgers to Frank
and Jamie McCourt (from Fox Entertainment Group, Robert Daly).
March 2, 1887
- American Trotting Association organized in Detroit.
June 3, 1888
- Poem ''Casey at the Bat,'' by Ernest Lawrence Thayer,
published, in San Francisco Daily Examiner.
March 30, 1889
- John T. Reid opened first U.S. golf course in Yonkers, NY.
August 29, 1889
- First American International pro lawn tennis contest (Newport
June 6, 1890
- United States Polo Association formed, New York City.
August 6, 1890
- Hall-of-fame pitcher Denton True "Cy" Young made his major
league debut with Cleveland Spiders of National League.
September 16, 1890
- George Whitney Calhoun, reporter for Green Bay
Press-Gazette, co-founder of Green Bay Packers with Curly
Lambeau, team's first publicity director, named Green Bay team
November 29, 1890
- First Army-Navy football game played at West Point, NY; Navy
December 1, 1891
- James Naismith, Canadian physical education teacher at YMCA in Springfield, MA,
created indoor sport of
basketball; December 21, 1891 - first
game of Basket Ball is introduced to James Naismith's class
of secretaries; game was hit before students departed for
January 15, 1892
- Rules of basketball published for first time, in
Springfield, MA; January 21, 1892
- James Naismith introduced game of basketball in
Springfield, MA meeting hall.
1892 - Canada's Governor General, Lord Stanley,
presented silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup);
March 22, 1894 - Hockey's first Stanley Cup championship
game played, Montreal Amateur Athletic Association defeated
Ottawa Capitals 3-1 in Montreal.
April 29, 1892 - Charlie Reilly baseball's first
7, 1892 - First heavyweight-title boxing match
fought with gloves under Marquis of Queensbury rules (James J.
Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan in 21st round
at Olympic Club in
New Orleans, LA).
March 22, 1893
- First women's collegiate basketball game played at Smith
College in Massachusetts.
March 13, 1894
- J L Johnstone of England invented horse racing starting gate.
December 22, 1894
- United States Golf Association (USGA) founded.
February 9, 1895
- First college basketball game played (Minnesota State School
of Agriculture defeated Porkers of Hamline College, 9-3).
February 9, 1895
William G. Morgan,
instructor at Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in
invented Volleyball (called mintonette); blended elements of
basketball, baseball, tennis, handball to create game for his
classes of businessmen (demanded less physical contact
October 4, 1895
- First U.S. Open golf tournament held, at tewport Country
Club in Rhode Island.
February 8, 1896
- Western (football) Conference formed by Midwestern colleges;
later renamed the Big 10 Conference.
April 6, 1896
- First modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece
-- reinstated 1500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor
Theodosius I. Eight nations participated.
November 26, 1896
- Amos Alonzo Stagg, of University of Chicago, created football huddle.
March 20, 1897
- First intercollegiate basketball game to use five players per
team held; Yale beat Pennsylvania (32-10).
April 19, 1897
- First Boston Marathon run; won by John McDermott of New York
1898 - George
and Alfred Rawlings established Rawlings Manufacturing Co. in
St. Louis, MO, in partnership with Charles W. Scudder (put up
money); 1902 - introduced first shoulder pads
(fiber-and-felt) for football players; 1906 -
outfitted baseball's St. Louis Cardinals with team uniforms;
1919 - manufactured Bill Doak's first modern baseball
glove (separated thumb, forefinger with few strands of rawhide
to form deep pocket); best-seller for more than 25 years;
1954 - fourth largest sporting goods company in United
States; 1955 - acquired by A.G. Spalding & Bros.,
Inc., second largest sporting goods company in nation;
1957 - introduced Rawlings Golden Glove Award to
recognize fielding excellence for best major league baseball
players at each position; 1963 - Rawlings Sporting
Goods Co. (renamed) acquired by group of private investors for
about $10.3 million; renamed Rawlings Corp., only privately
owned sporting goods manufacturer in United States; 1967
- acquired by Automatic Sprinkler Corp. of America (name changed
to A-T-O Inc. in 1969, to Figgie International in 1981);
1977 - replaced Spalding as supplier of baseballs to
major leagues (30,000 dozen Haitian-produced balls a year); took
lead from Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in baseball glove business
(market share between 28- 30%, more than 50% of gloves sold to
professional players); 1987 - selected as
"Official Basketball and Football for NCAA Championships";
1994 - went public; 1997 - signed
five-year contract with Host Communications Inc., nation's
leading sports marketer.
December 12, 1899
- George F. Grant,
dentist of Boston,
MA, received patent for a "Golf-Tee" ("a
simple, cheap, and effective tee for use in the game of golf,
obviating the use of the usual conical mounds of sand or similar
material formed by the fingers of the player on which the ball
is supported when driving off. While the tee must firmly, yet
lightly, support the ball until hit by the player's club, the
tee must be so constructed that it will not in any manner
interfere with the swing or 'carry through' of the club in
making the stroke"); wooden tee with a tapered base and a
flexible, tubular, concave shoulder to hold golf ball; didn't
market his tees, but gave some away.
January 29, 1900
- Byron Bancroft "Ban" Johnson, president of Western League
(faltering minor league) since 1893, changed name, founded
The American League; consisted of eight baseball teams;
January 28, 1901 - claimed major league status; declared
American League would operate as major league; opposed by
National League owners; proved its competitiveness on field, at
gate; Johnson became most significant member of National
Commission, baseball's ruling body, until 1920.
February 9, 1900
- American collegian Dwight Filley Davis
intercollegiate tennis singles championship in 1899) challenged
British tennis players to compete against his Harvard team; won
support of U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association, personally
spent $750 on construction of elegant silver trophy bowl
(International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy), 13 inches high, 18
inches in diameter; August 8, 1900 - three top
British players came to Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, MA,
to compete against Davis, his all-Harvard team; three-day
format for event still exists; first Davis Cup ended with 3-0
1902 - Group
of fans in Madrid, Spain founded Madrid Foot Ball Club (later
known as Real Madrid) in Spanish League, known as La Liga; first
coach, Englishman Arthur Johnson; 29 La Liga championships
through 2006; 2000 - selected by FIFA,
international governing body, as best football team of 20th
century; still owned, operated by its members.
January 1, 1902
- University of Michigan (10-0) crushed Stanford (3-1-2) by
score of 49-0 in first Tournament East-West football game (Rose
Bowl); game discontinued; 1916 - game resumed.
1903 - First
squash courts in US built, opened at New York Athletic Club.
Frank Farrell (pool hall, gambling impresario), Bill Devery
(former New York City police chief)
Baltimore's defunct American League baseball franchise for
$18,000, moved team to New York City; named team "Highlanders";
March 12, 1903 - New
York Highlanders (Yankees) approved as members of AL;
April 23, 1903 - first win in franchise history;
April 11, 1912 - pinstripes appeared on uniforms;
April 1913 - name changed to Yankees;
January 11, 1915 - team sold to Col. Jacob Ruppert and
Col. Tillinghast L´Hommedieu Huston for $460,000;
January 3, 1920 - bought Babe Ruth's contract from
Red Sox for $125,000, $350,000 loan against mortgage on
Fenway Park; September, 1921 - Yankees clinched
first of 37 pennants;
April 18, 1923 - played first game at Yankee
Stadium in the Bronx (4-1 win over Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth
made an error, hit three-run homer).
- Arthur F. Knight, of Schenectady, NY, received patent for a
"Golf Club" (" the object being to provide a club in which the
chance of error on the part of the player in driving,
approaching, or putting is greatly reduced"); Schenectady
mallet-headed, center-shaft putter; 1905 - Walter
Travis used the club to win the British Amateur.; 1910
- USGA rule banned center-shafted putters; 1952 -
rule rescinded; November 22, 1910 - received
patent for a "Golf-Club" ("in which the line of flight of
the ball may more truly conform to the direction of the blow
delivered by the player"); seamed, tubular, steel golf shaft;
failed to gain mass appeal due to the USGA’s and R&A’s refusal
to legalize the use of steel shafts in play.
July 1, 1903
- First Tour de France Bicycle
Race with 60 participants - created by Henri Desgranges and
George Lefevre (editor and journalist, respectively, of
July 19, 1903 - Maurice Garin won race.
October 1, 1903 - Visiting Pittsburgh Pirates
defeated Boston Americans 7-3 in game 1 of first World
October 13, 1903
- Boston Americans defeated Pittsburgh Pirates 4 games to 3
in baseball's first World Series.
January 28, 1904
- First college sports letters given to Seniors who played on
University of Chicago's football team; awarded blankets with
letter "C" on them.
March 2, 1904
- "Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs"
May 5, 1904 -
Denton T. "Cy" Young, of Boston Americans, pitched
perfect game in 3-0 victory over Philadelphia
Athletics (first since Lee Raymond in 1880).
May 14, 1904 - Third Olympiad of modern era, first Olympic Games to be held in United States, opened
in St. Louis, MO; initially awarded to Chicago, IL, but later given to St. Louis to be staged in connection
with St. Louis World Exposition; few entrants other than
Americans in various events; U.S. athletes
won majority of competitions, unofficial team
May 4, 1905 -
Belmont Park opened - estimated 40,000 horse racing
enthusiasts watched clock-wise races (opposite direction today);
top race - $10,000 Metropolitan Handicap = dead heat finish
between Sysonby and Race King. 1930 -
Hatton of Daily Racing Form coined "Triple
Crown" after Gallant Fox won Kentucky Derby, Preakness,
Belmont Stakes (feat first achieved in 1919 by Sir Barton but
not recognized at time). 2004 - 120,000 attended Belmont Stakes.
December 28, 1905
- Intercollegiate Athletic Association of United States,
forerunner of NCAA, founded in New York City.
1906 - Hugh
Locke King volunteered to build, at his own expense (£150,000), on his own land (Weybridge, Surrey, 20 miles south west of
London), world's first purpose-built motor-racing track (3¼
miles, two huge banked sections nearly 30 ft. high, 100 ft.
wide, hard-surfaced, two long straights); first ever oval style
race track built for cars; June 17, 1907 -
Brooklands Motor Course opened; July 6, 1907 -
first official race; birthplace of British motorsport;
[A.V.] Roe made first flight in a British-built aeroplane;
birthplace of British aviation; August 1914 -
taken over by war office, Military Flying School formed,
employed instructors and aeroplanes from many existing schools;
1915 - Vickers started aircraft manufacturing,
took over 'Itala Motor Works' (premises on edge of the Track);
1920 - track re-opened for new season of motor
racing; September 1939 - closed at outbreak of
war; February 2002 - English Heritage formally
scheduled whole of remaining original track at Brooklands as
Historic Monument (legal protection against damage).
April 22, 1906
- New rule put umpire in sole charge of all game balls.
June 26, 1906
- Automobile Club of France staged first French Grand Prix in Le
(first race of that type held anywhere); Hungarian driver Ferenc
Szisz won in 90hp Renault; race covered
1,200 kilometers over two days, run under new set of rules that
would become standard element of Grand Prix racing; all cars
were to weigh no more than 1,000 kg;
1908 - minimum weight of
2,425 pounds, maximum engine displacement of 13 liters
(imposed limit of around 105hp on cars of that time).
April 11, 1907
- New York Giant Roger Bresnahan became first catcher to
wear shin guards.
Johns Hopkins University lacrosse club played first game on
Homewood Field under coach William C. "Father Bill" Schmeisser;
shared national championship with Harvard.
April 2, 1908
- Mills Committee declared baseball invented by Abner Doubleday.
October 10, 1908
- Baseball Writers Association formed.
December 26, 1908
- Jack Johnson knocked out Tommy Burns in 14th round in
championship bout at Rushcutter's Bay, near Sydney, Australia;
first black heavyweight boxing champion; reviled by whites for
defiance of "Jim Crow" racial conventions of early 20th-century
February 9, 1909
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation
incorporated with Carl G. Fisher as president; built on 328
acres of farmland five miles northwest of Indiana's capital
city; financed by four local businessmen: Carl Fisher, James
Allison, Frank Wheeler, Arthur Newby; August 19, 1909
- first race on original surface of crushed rock and tar;
1909 -famous brick surface of
Indianapolis Motor Speedway finished; 3,200,000 paving bricks
imported by rail from western part of state, laid on their
sides in bed of sand, fixed with mortar; inspired nickname "The
December 17, 1909
- grand opening by
Governor Thomas R. Marshall of Indiana, cemented last "golden"
August 31, 1909
- Benjamin F. Shibe, of Bala, PA (principal owner of
Philadelphia Athletics, partner in A.J. Reach sporting goods
company), received a patent
for a "Base-ball" ("in which the
center is formed of a resilient sphere, upon which the ball is
constructed to the desired diameter of yarn or other thread
tightly wound theron and secured by a binder of adhesive plastic
composition upon its surface adjacent to the outer cover of
horsehide or other material"); cork-centered baseball vs. solid
indian-rubber core surrounded by layers of yarn;
machinery that made possible the manufacture of standard
April 14, 1910
- President Taft began tradition of throwing out ball on opening
November 22, 1910
- Arthur F. Knight, of Schenectady, NY, received a patent for a
"Golf Club" ("in which the line of flight of the ball may more
truly conform to the direction of the blow delivered by the
player"); steel-shafted golf club formed from tempered
high-carbon steel tubing, in which the volume of metal decreases
toward the head.
April 4, 1911
- Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggested idea of baseball MVP.
May 30, 1911
- First Indianapolis 500 auto race run; Ray Harroun won 200 lap
race in Marmon Wasp after 6 hours, 42 minutes, 8 seconds,
average speed of 74.59 miles per hour;
$14,250 to winner;
1912 - total
prize money available was $50,000, highest paying sporting event
- Ashland Manufacturing Company founded to develop innovative
ways of using slaughterhouse by-products of meat
packing firm Schwarzchild and Sulzberger (original product line
include surgical sutures, inexpensive tennis racquets, tennis
racquet string and two models of baseball shoes); 1914
- Thomas E. Wilson (former president of Chicago-based Morris &
Co. packinghouse) named president, company became separate
operating subsidiary to focus on sports oriented products;
1915 - added football jerseys, basketballs, indoor
baseballs to line, advertised Star tennis racquet $.75; 1916
- Ashland Manufacturing renamed as Thomas E. Wilson Co.; 1918 - $1
million in sales; 1925 - name changed to
Wilson-Western Sporting Goods Company; 1931 - name
changed to Wilson Sporting Goods Co.; 1941 - made
official manufacturer of NFL footballs (only major sports league
to use balls manufactured in U.S., in Ada, OH plant since 1955 -
4,000 balls/day, 700,000/year, every Super Bowl since 1969);
1967 - Wilson meat packing
acquired by Ling-Temco-Vought; Wilson Sporting Goods
restructured as subsidiary; 1970 - acquired by
Pepsico; 1975 -tennis sales volume surpassed golf
sales for first time; 1989 - acquired by Amer
Group Ltd. of Helsinki, Finland.
July 11, 1914
- Babe Ruth made major league debut with Boston Red Sox.
April 22, 1915
- New York Yankees wore pinstripes, hat-in-the-ring logo for
January 17, 1916
- Rodman Wanamaker (son of founder of Wanamaker’s department
stores) invited group of golf professionals, several leading
amateur golfers to Taplow Club in New York City, April 10,
Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) officially
established with 35 charter members; October 1916
- first annual PGA Championship took place at Siwanoy Country
Club in Bronxville, NY; James M. Barnes defeated Jock
Hutchinson, won trophy, purse of $2,580.
April 20, 1916
- Wrigley Field opened in Chicago.
March 27, 1917
- Seattle Metropolitans became first U.S. team to win Stanley
Cup, defeated Montreal Canadiens.
November 22, 1917
Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators,
Quebec Bulldogs formed National Hockey League; National Hockey
June 11, 1919
- Sir Barton won Belmont Stakes, became horse racing's first
Triple Crown winner.
August 11, 1919
- Curly Lambeau (shipping clerk for $250/month at Indian Packing
Company), George Calhoun gathered husky young athletes in
editorial room of Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette building on
Cherry Street; organized football team; talked Indian Packing
Company into putting up money for jerseys, permitting use of its
athletic field for practice; executives identified club in early
publicity as project of company, team named "Packers" (Indian
Packing Company practically faded from picture before first
season half over); August 27, 1921 - Lambeau,
backed by two officials of packing plant, obtained franchise in
new national pro football league (formed in 1920); forfeited at
year's end as cash customers didn't cover costs of team;
1922 - Lambeau attracted other backers, bought franchise
back for $250, including $50 of his own money; A.B. Turnbull,
Green Bay Press-Gazette general manager, advanced Lambeau,
lobbied town businessmen ("The Hungry Five") behind team, formed
Green Bay Football Corporation; 1923 -
publicly-owned nonprofit corporation, 4,750,934 shares
outstanding, 112,015 shareholders (no dividends; 200,000 shares
= maximum ownership limit); January 31, 1950 -
Lambeau resigned (ended 31-year run), became Chicago Cardinals
head coach; April 3, 1956 - voters approved referendum to fund
construction of new stadium; September 29, 1957 -
facility dedicated; 1965 - renamed Lambeau Field.
October 30, 1919
- Baseball league presidents called for abolishment of spitball.
February 10, 1920
- Baseball outlawed all pitches involving tampering with ball.
February 13, 1920
- Rube Foster organized Negro National Baseball League.
February 22, 1920
- First artificial rabbit used at dog race track in Emeryville,
September 6, 1920
- Station WWJ in Detroit broadcast first prizefight on radio;
Jack Dempsey knocked out Billy Miske in third round of bout in
Benton Harbor, MI.
September 17, 1920
- Ralph Hay, Jim Thorpe, George Halas, Leo Lyons, others
formed American Professional Football Association (NFL)
in Ralph E. Hay's Hupmobile showroom in Canton, OH;
Jim Thorpe first president; 1922 - name changed to
National Football League.
September 27, 1920
- Eight Chicago White Sox players charged with fixing 1919
November 12, 1920
- Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis elected baseball's first
February 5, 1921
- Yankees purchased 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium.
1921 - Harry Houdini, of Brooklyn, NY, received a patent
for a "Diver's Suit" ("arranged to permit the diver in case of
danger for any cause whatever, to quickly divest himself of the
suit while being submerged and to safely escape and reach the
surface of the water").
July 5, 1921 - After Judge Hugo
Friend denied motion to quash indictments against major league
baseball players accused of throwing 1919 World Series, trial
began with jury selection; Chicago White Sox players,
including stars Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, Eddie
Cicotte, became known as "Black Sox" after
scandal revealed (White Sox, easily favored at start of
World Series, had been seriously underpaid, mistreated by owner
Charles Comiskey; conspiracy to fix games most likely initiated
by New York gambler Arnold Rothstein, who used
discontent to his advantage - offered, through intermediaries, relatively small sums of money for players to lose some games
intentionally; scandal came to light when gamblers did
not pay players as promised, thought that they had no recourse; when players openly complained, story became public ,
authorities forced to prosecute);
August 2, 1921
- jury acquitted all accused former members of Chicago White
Sox, two others of conspiring to defraud public by throwing
then celebrated with them at nearby restaurant; height
of hypocrisy surrounding entire matter came when Shoeless Joe
sued Comiskey for unpaid salary;
Comiskey's lawyers suddenly produced confessions that had
disappeared during criminal trial, offered no explanation as to how
they had been obtained; other baseball owners hired Judge
Kennisaw Mountain Landis to be new commissioner of
baseball (hard-liner, virulent racist prevented blacks from playing in major leagues during his reign
into 1940s); August 3, 1921 -
Baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis refused to
reinstate former Chicago White Sox players implicated in "Black
Sox" Scandal; permanently barred implicated Black Sox
players from baseball; Buck Weaver, by all accounts, had refused
to take any money offered by gamblers, purportedly banned
from baseball for refusing to turn his teammates in; Shoeless Joe Jackson probably accepted some money, his
statistics show that he never truly participated in throwing
games (had best batting average of either team in series).
August 5, 1921
Pittsburgh broadcast first baseball game on radio, Pirate beat
Phillies, 8-0; October 5, 1921 - World Series
broadcast on radio for first time.
1922 - John
Tate Riddell, former Head Football Coach, Athletic
Director of Evanston (IL) Township High School, created,
developed removable cleat (vs. leather cleats nailed to sole of
shoe); February 1929 - founded John T. Riddell,
Inc. to produce shoes; added baseball, track shoes; 1939
- invented, perfected first plastic suspension helmet; granted
U. S. government license to use suspension in production of
military helmets, liners; 1946 - launched RT-2
mode suspension helmet; 1979 - shoe line discontinued due to
competition of foreign-made athletic shoes; 1988 -
acquired Power Athletic Company, manufacturer of ultra-high
quality professional shoulder pads; 1989 -
negotiated agreement with National Football League, allowed
Riddell brand prominent display in televised NFL games in
exchange for Riddell helmets, Power shoulder pads for NFL
May 21, 1922
- Colonel Jacob Ruppert, colonel in seventh regiment of
National Guard, bought Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston's interest
in Yankees for $1.2 million; 1914 - both had acquired
Yankees for $450,000.
June 24, 1922
- American Professional Football Association changed name to
National Football League.
July 2, 1922
- Ralph W. Samuelson (19) became first person to ride on water
skis (he had made), as they are used today, at Lake Pepin, MN;
had tried few days earlier with barrel staves, snow skis,
with no real success; used two boards, eight feet long, nine
inches wide, with curved tips; boiled tips in mother's
copper kettle and, using clamps and braces, curved tips of
boards, let them set for two days; binders made from scrap
leather held skis to his feet; towed behind launch
(top speed 14 knots) with 100-foot sash cord and iron ring as
tow line; July 31, 1922 - first water skis
August 28, 1922
- First Walker Cup: U.S. beat England 8-4.
April 13, 1923
- Army won first college three-weapon fencing championships.
April 18, 1923
- First game played at Yankee Stadium in New York City; Yankees
beat Boston Red Sox 4-1; 74,000 (62,281 paid) attendance.
May 27, 1923
- First Le Mans 24-Hour race (world's
longest-running 24-hour event) concluded; Winners Andre Lagache
and Renee Leonard covered 1,372.928 miles in a Chenard-Walker
January 25, 1924
- First Winter Olympics at Chamonix in French Alps (16
events in six sports; 16 nations, 258 athletes - 11 women, 247
men); Norway won unofficial team competition with 17 medals (all
but one of nine skiing medals).
April 10, 1924
- Tubular steel golf club shafts approved for championship play.
April 11, 1924
- First men's college swimming championships began.
November 1, 1924
- Charles Francis Adams founded first U.S. NHL
franchise, Boston Bruins; first home game- victory at Boston
Arena against Montreal Maroons, 2-1; 11 straight losses, 6-24
season; finished last in six-team league; 1951 -
acquired by Walter A. Brown, owner of National Basketball
Association's Boston Celtics, Boston Garden; 1964
- reaqcuired by Weston Adams.
1925 - Tim
Mara, bookmaker (legal at time), successful businessman and
promoter, purchased New York Giants team for reported $500;
October 1925 - lost opener to Frankford Yellow
Jackets by score of 14-0; 1927 - won first title;
1930s - control of franchise transferred to his
two sons, Jack Mara (22), Wellington (14); 1970s -
finishing in last place or next-to-last eight times; 1986
- first Super Bowl appearance, first world championship since
1956; February, 1991 - 50% interest in franchise
acquired by Preston Robert Tisch.
October 27, 1925
- Fred Waller, of New York, NY, received patent for an
"Aquaplane" ("of the type designed to be ridden when drawn
through water"); water skis.
National Hockey League franchise to Detroit; acquired roster of
Victoria Cougars of Western Hockey League; team known as Detroit
Cougars, changed to Falcons; 1933 - Olympia
Stadium, Falcons franchise acquired by James E. Norris; changed
name to Red Wings (version of Montreal Athletic Association
cycling 'Winged Wheelers' logo); 1936 - won first
March 3, 1926
- International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami,
September 25, 1926
- Major Frederic McLaughlin, coffee tycoon, acquired Chicago
hockey franchise from Lester and Frank Patrick of Pacific Coast
Hockey Association; led consortium of Chicago businessmen which
purchased Portland Rosebuds of Western Canada Hockey
League (folded previous season), served as team's first
president; renamed Black Hawks in honor of Black Hawk regiment
commanded by McLaughlin in WW I (also in honor of Illinois Chief
Black Hawk of Sauk Indians); McLaughlin's wife designed Indian
head featured on Chicago Black Hawk jerseys; November 17,
1926 - played first game at Chicago
Coliseum against Toronto St. Pats (won 4-1); March 1929
- Chicago Stadium opened; 1936 - stadium acquired
by Detroit Red Wings owner James E. Norris; 1944 -
McLaughlin estate sold team to syndicate headed by team
president Bill Tobin (puppet for Norris); 1952 -
James D. Norris (son), Red Wings minority owner Arthur Wirtz
bought floundering club; 1954 - Wirtz family
(Arthur and two sons, Michael and William) gained control of
franchise; 1966 - William Wirtz named President of
Chicago Black Hawks (for next 41 years).
June 4, 1927
- First Ryder Cup: U.S. beat England, 9 -2 at Worcester (MA) CC.
September 22, 1927
- Jack Dempsey, "Manassa Mauler," missed opportunity to regain
heavyweight boxing title when he failed to return to neutral
corner after knocking down champ Gene Tunney in title match in
Chicago; Dempsey waited five seconds before heading to neutral
corner, at which point referee began 10-count as rules
dictated; as referee reached nine seconds, Tunney got back to his feet
(had actually been down for what amounted to
14 seconds); Tunney won bout in decision after 10 rounds.
September 30, 1927
- Babe Ruth of New York Yankees hit 60th home run of season,
broke his own major-league record.
October 1, 1927
- Michigan Wolverines opened Michigan Stadium against Ohio
Wesleyan Bishops, defending champion of Ohio Conference;
Michigan won 33-0; stadium built on 16 acres and 119 city lots
(acquired in 1925 for $239,000) at cost of $950,000; 44 sections
with 72 rows seating 72,000; official attendance of 17,483 on
opening day; October 22, 1927 - crowd of 84,401
packed stadium for dedication game against Ohio State, a 21-0
February 5, 1929
- George T. Bresnahan, of Iowa City, IA, University of Iowa
coach interested in sports science, received a patent for a
"Foot Support"; starting block for track and field; provided
adjustment of tilt to better match an individual's foot and a
cork or rubber surface to provide a firm foot-hold; intended to
be connected to track surface with suitable spikes or nails.
April 16, 1929
- New York Yankees became first team to wear uniform numbers.
Bobby Jones won golf's grand slam--victories in one year in
United States Open, British Open, United States Amateur, British
Amateur championships; Lloyds of London quoted odds of 50 to 1
against his winning.
February 4, 1932
- First Winter Olympic Games in United States held at Lake
May 14, 1932
- First electrical timing device tested at track meet for three
events between Columbia, Syracuse at Baker Field, New York City.
December 8-9, 1932
- 13 members west, south of Appalachian Mountains
reorganized as Southeastern Conference at annual Southern
Conference meeting in Knoxville, TN; November 30, 1933
- Alabama defeated Vanderbilt 7-0 to finish 5-0-1 in conference,
captured SEC's first football title; August 21, 1940
- Martin S. Conner, former governor of Mississippi, took office
in Jackson, MS as first commissioner of SEC; October 20,
1951 - Alabama-Tennessee football game, played at
Birmingham's Legion Field, first televised event in SEC history;
January 1, 1977 - began long-standing agreement
with Sugar Bowl to send its champion to New Orleans (Georgia
faced Pittsburgh); September 25, 1990 - South
Carolina accepted invitation to become 12th member of SEC;
June 1, 2007 - SEC announced it would distribute
league-record $122.0 million to 12 member institutions under
2006-2007 revenue sharing plans.
May 18, 1933
- First major league All-Star Game announced for July 6 at
Comiskey Park; played as part of Chicago World's Fair;
July 6, 1933 - first all-star game played,
American League beat National League 4-2.
July 8, 1933
- Arthur Joseph Rooney purchased NFL franchise for city of
Pittsburgh, named Pirates; member of Eastern Division of 10-team
NFL; fifth-oldest NFL franchise; 1938 - signed
Colorado All-American Byron "Whizzer" White for $15,800;
1940 - name changed to Pittsburgh Steelers; 1943
- merged with Philadelphia Eagles; January 27, 1969
- Chuck Noll hired as coach (23 year tenure) AFC Central
Division from NFL Century Division; moved into Three Rivers
Stadium (from Pitt Stadium); 1972 - won first
division title in franchise history; 1974 - won
first Super Bowl (IX); 1975 - third team in NFL
history to win consecutive Super Bowls; Dan Rooney (son) named
president; 1978 - first team to win three Super
Bowls; 1979 - first team in NFL history to win
four Super Bowls; considered "Team of the Decade" in 1970s;
1992 - Bill Cowher (32) hired as coach; October
7, 2001 - Steelers opened Heinz Field; 2005
- captured fifth Super Bowl (XL); logo belonged to American Iron
and Steel Institute (AISI), created by U.S. Steel Corp.,
contains three hypocycloids (diamond shapes); only NFL team that
sports logo on only one side of helmet (right).
January 28, 1934
- First ski tow rope in U.S., built by Robert Royce, used
for first time in Woodstock, VT; about 2500 feet of 7/8-inch
manila rope spliced in loop, passed over pulleys, around wheel
attached to Model T ford engine, extended up hill 900 feet;
hauled skier holding it up slope in minute, could pull as
many as 5 skiers at time.
March 25, 1934
- First Golf Masters Championship: Horton Smith won, shot 284.
August 19, 1934
- First All-American Soap Box Derby held in Dayton, OH;
organized by newsman Myron Scott, who covered race of
boy-built cars, so impressed that he began similar program
on national scale; event moved to Akron, OH because of hilly
September 13, 1934
- Judge Landis, baseball commissioner, sold World Series
broadcast rights to Ford for $100,000.
September 30, 1934
- Babe Ruth played last game for New York Yankees.
Downtown Athletic Club (New York, NY) awarded first Heisman
trophy to University of Chicago's Jay Berwanger; named for John
William Heisman, football coach at number of leading colleges
for more than thirty-five years; 1888 -
member of Brown football team; 1889 - member of
Pennsylvania varsity football eleven; 1892 - began
coaching career at Oberlin College; 1893 - coached
all sports at University of Akron; 1895-1900 -
coached football, baseball at Alabama Polytechnic Institute;
1900-1904 - coach at Clemson College; 1908
- director of athletics at Atlanta Athletic Club;
1910 -1914 - president of Atlanta Baseball Association;
1920 - coached football at University of
Pennsylvania; 1923 - filled same position at
Washington and Jefferson College; 1924-1927 - head
football coach, director of athletics at Rice Institute,
May 19, 1935
- National Football League adopted annual college draft; began
May 23, 1935
- First major league night baseball game played under lights in
Cincinnati OH between Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia
May 25, 1935
- Babe Ruth hit 714th, final home run of his career, for
Boston Braves, in game against Pittsburgh Pirates.
January 16, 1936
- First photofinish camera installed at U.S. racetrack at
January 29, 1936
- First members of baseball's Hall of Fame named in Cooperstown,
NY, included Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth,
Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson,
1936 - W. Averell Harriman
(son of Edward H. Harriman), chairman of Union Pacific Railroad,
founded Sun Valley, ID, first western ski resort; featured
nation's first ski lift with chairs (invented by railroad Union
Pacific personnel in Omaha, NE).
February 8, 1936 - First National Football
League draft held; Philadelphia Eagles selected Jay
March 16, 1938
- Temple defeated Colorado to win first NIT.
April 1, 1938
- Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY.
October 11, 1938
- Joseph H. Pilates, of New York, NY, received a patent for an
"Exercising Apparatus" ("for use by individuals in correcting
physical faults and developing personal physique").
March 27, 1939
- Oregon won first NCAA men's basketball tournament with 46-33
victory over Ohio State in Evanston, IL.
May 2, 1939 -
New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130
consecutive games played ended.
May 17, 1939
- First sports telecast-Columbia vs. Princeton-college baseball.
June 12, 1939
- National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum dedicated in
July 4, 1939
- Baseball player Lou Gehrig, afflicted with fatal illness, bid
tearful farewell at Yankee Stadium in New York, told fans,
"Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the
August 26, 1939
- Major league baseball televised for first time; experimental
station W2XBS broadcast doubleheader between Cincinnati Reds,
Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.
April 26, 1941
- First organ played at baseball game, at Cubs game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
May 31, 1941
- High-jumping standards using electric eye detectors first used
at Schenectady Patrolman's Association interscholastic track
meet; consisted of four parallel beams of light, one inch apart,
to record 'high' of each jump.
September 28, 1941
- Ted Williams ended baseball season with .406 batting average.
March 13, 1943
- Baseball approved official ball (with cork and balata).
April 7, 1943
- NFL adopted free substitution rule.
January 25, 1945
- Dan Topping, Del Webb, Larry MacPhail purchased New York
Yankees for $2.8 million from Colonel Jacob Ruppert estate.
August 15, 1945
- Albert "Happy" Chandler, baseball commissioner, sold World
Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette; Ford had been
World Series sponsor since 1934 (had paid $100,000 annually).
May 7, 1945
- Branch Rickey announced formation of U.S. Negro Baseball
October 30, 1945
- Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to Montreal Royals.
November 14, 1945
- Tony Hulman purchased Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Edward
Rickenbacher for $750,000; in deplorable condition after four
years of disuse during World War II; May 1946 -
American Automobile Association ran first postwar 500-mile race,
won by George Robson (drove pre-war Adams-Sparks automobile,
with average speed of 114.82mph).
September 29, 1946
- Los Angeles Rams (previously Cleveland) played first NFL game
1947 - Howard
Head (32), aircraft engineer, developed first laminated metal
ski, strong as wooden skis, half as heavy; 1950 -
founded Head Ski Company, Inc.; 1968 - one-third
of top 10 finishers in World Cup used Head skis; 1969
- acquired by AMF for $16 million (500 employees, world’s
largest ski manufacturer, sold more than 300,000 pairs a year);
September 1995 - control acquired by Swedish
businessman Johan Eliasch (grandson of G.A. Svensson, prominent
April 10, 1947
- Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had
purchased contract of Jackie Robinson (28-year-old infielder)
from Montreal Royals (of International League); baseball,
football, basketball, track star at University of California at
Los Angeles, entered armed service as private, emerged
lieutenant; October 1945 - signed to
Montreal contract; led International League in batting last
season with average of .349; last Negro to play in majors was
Moses Fleetwood Walker (caught for Toledo of major-league
American Association in 1884); April 15, 1947 -
Brooklyn Dodgers; became baseball's first black major-league
July 5, 1947
- Larry Doby signed with Cleveland Indians; first black player
October 2, 1947
- Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) formally
established Formula One racing in Grand Prix competition for
first time (for cars of 1,500cc supercharged, 4,500cc
unsupercharged); minimum race distance reduced from 500km to
300km (allowed famous Monaco Grand Prix to be reintroduced into
official Grand Prix racing); 1950 - Giuseppe
"Nino" Farina, drivingAlfa Romeo 158, won first Formula One
World Championship at Silverstone British Grand Prix.
December 14, 1947
- National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)
founded at Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, FL; first formal
organization for stock-car racing;
season began with 160-mile race at
1948 - NASCAR officially incorporated as National
Association for Stock Car Racing, race promoter Bill France as
president (had formed National Championship Stock-Car Circuit in
June 19, 1949
- NASCAR (National Association for Stock-Car Auto Racing) staged
first Grand National event on three-quarter-mile dirt track at
Charlotte Fairgrounds; only late-model, strictly stock cars
allowed in Grand National class; crowd of 13,000 watched as Jim
Roper won inaugural event; marked birth of NASCAR racing; Grand
Nationals later became Winston Cup Series events;
1953 - major automakers invested
heavily in racing teams, produced faster cars; good results on
stock-car circuit believed to mean better sales on showroom
floor; 1957 - rising costs, tightened NASCAR rules
forced factories out of sport, modern era of NASCAR
October 2, 1948
- Watkins Glen, in New York Finger Lakes region, hosted first
post-World War II road race in United States, under the guidance
of Cameron Argetsinger (law student), Sports Car Club of America
(SCCA); Frank Griswold, driving 2.9 liter prewar Alfa Romeo, won
both events offered, 26.4-mile Junior Prix, 52.8-mile
Frank J. Zamboni, inventor and mechanic, received patent for
"Model A Zamboni Ice Resurfacer"; 1939 - Zamboni
and brother, Lawrence, built 20,000-square-foot enclosed ice
skating rink in Paramount, CA; 1942 - transformed
tractor to scrape, smooth ice in single pass; May 4, 1965
- Frank J. Zamboni & Company, Inc. registered "Zamboni"
trademark first used in July 1962 (resurfacing machines machines
and dump attachments therefor).
February 7, 1949
- Joe DiMaggio became first $100,000/year baseball player
(New York Yankees).
August 3, 1949 -
National Basketball Association formed.
November 24, 1949
(Thanksgiving Day) - Alexander C. Cushing, former Wall
Street lawyer, with $400,000 of his own money, investment from
few friends, opened Squaw Valley Development Company, "uphill
transportation business" (first visited in 1946); May 1,
1949 - John Buchman, former taxi-driver from Morristown,
NJ, became company's first employee "at the business end of a
shovel" (over period of 45 years became General Manager,
President, Director of the Company); 1960 - hosted
VIII Olympic Winter Games (beating internationally regarded
resorts such as Innsbruck, Austria, St. Moritz, Switzerland,
- Thirteen members formed The Ladies Professional Golf
Association of America (LPGA) in New York City, dedicated to
golf as game and career; Patty Berg elected first president.
August 22, 1950
- Officials of United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA)
accepted Althea Gibson into annual championship at Forest Hills,
NY; first African-American player to compete in U.S. national
October 31, 1950
- Earl Lloyd became first black to play in NBA (took floor for Washington Capitols).
April 17, 1951
- Baseball hall-of-famer Mickey Mantle made major league debut
with New York Yankees.
July 14, 1951
- Citation became first horse to win $1,000,000 in races.
October 3, 1951
- New York Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson hit three-run home
run in bottom of ninth inning to win deciding game of three-game
playoff series against Brooklyn Dodgers, sent the Giants into
February 20, 1953
- U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Organized Baseball was sport, not a business, affirmed 25-year-old Supreme Court
March 18, 1953
- Major League Baseball announced first team relocation since
1903: Boston Braves to Milwaukee, WI.
May 29, 1953
- Edmund Hillary of New Zealand, sherpa Tenzing Norgay of
Nepal conquered Mount Everest; first climbers to reach summit.
September 16, 1953
- AL approved St. Louis Browns move Baltimore, MD; became
November 9, 1953
- Supreme Court upheld 1922 ruling that major league baseball
did not come within scope of federal antitrust laws.
May 6, 1954
- Roger Bannister (25, medical student) broke four-minute mile
barrier, in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds; ran for Amateur Athletic
Association against alma mater, Oxford University; world record
for mile had been 4 minutes and 1.3 seconds, set by Gunder Hagg
of Sweden in 1945.
August 5, 1954
- Boxing Hall of Fame's first election selected 24 modern, 15
September 29, 1954
- New York Giants centerfielder Willie Mays made running catch
with his back to home plate on 450-foot blast by Cleveland
Indians batter Vic Wertz in opening game of World Series; widely considered to be greatest catch ever made.
April 14, 1955
- Elston Howard became first black to wear Yankee uniform.
April 27, 1956
- Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retired undefeated from
boxing (49 Wins...0 Losses...0 Ties).
July 6, 1956
- Ford Frick inaugurated Cy Young Award, to honor outstanding
October 8, 1956
- Don Larsen pitched only perfect game in World Series
history; threw 97 pitches (three balls on only one hitter, Pee
Wee Reese in first inning); New York Yankees beat Brooklyn
October 23, 1956
- John Zuercher, of Buffalo, NY, received a patent for a "Pin
Distributing and Spotting Mechanism for Bowling Pin Spotting
Machines"; automatic bowling pin spotter.
October 30, 1956
- Dodgers sold Ebbets Field to real estate group; agreed to stay
until 1959, with option to stay until 1961.
February 25, 1957
- Supreme Court decided 6-3, baseball was only antitrust exempt
May 28, 1957 -
National League approved move of Brooklyn Dodgers, New York
Giants baseball teams to Los Angeles, San Francisco,
July 6, 1957
- Althea Gibson became first black tennis player to win
Wimbledon singles title, defeated fellow American Darlene Hard
6-3, 6-2; won doubles championship paired with Hard, beat Mary
Hawton and Thelma Long of Australia, 6-2, 6-1.
- Olympic runner H. Browning Ross (1948 U.S. Olympic team)
proposed development of
organization for American distance runners in editorial of "Long
Distance Log" (evolved into Runner’s World magazine) which would
encourage run, meet regularly, raise money, coordinate
schedules, promote competition in long distance races (similar
to UK Road Racers Club founded in 1952); December 1957
- meetings held; February 22, 1958 - Ross, nine
others determined direction, structure of Road Runners Club of
America; first RRCA National Championship races awarded, Ross
("father of long distance running in America") named provisional
President; Middle Atlantic Road Runners Club established;
April 1958 - 29 members established New York Road
August 19, 1957
- New York Giants voted 8-1 to move franchise to San
Francisco in 1958.
September 16, 1957
- LA City Council approved 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for
Dodgers; September 24, 1957 - Brooklyn Dodgers played last
game at Ebbets Field, defeated Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.
September 29, 1957
- New York Giants played last game at Polo Grounds, lost to
Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1.
October 8, 1957
- Walter O'Malley announced Dodgers were moving from Brooklyn,
NY to Los Angeles, CA; February 7, 1958 - Dodgers
officially became Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc.
April 6, 1958
- Arnold Palmer won first major golf tournament-Masters.
August 14, 1958
- Canadian Football League played first game (Winnipeg 29,
February 22, 1959
- Daytona International Speedway hosted first Daytona 500;
posted awards for "500-Mile International Sweepstakes" totaled
$67,760.; field of 59 cars started 200-lap race; crowd of
41,000; finish too close to call, 61 hours after finish clip of
newsreel footage proved that Lee Petty was winner by few feet;
averaged 135.521 miles per hour in Oldsmobile; won $19,050 (2007
winner - $1,510,469).
July 27, 1959
- William Shea announced plans to have baseball team in
New York City in 1961 (Mets).
August 14, 1959
- AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver and
November 2, 1959
- NHL goalkeeper Jacques Plante played with protective face mask
for first time in professional play, after struck in face with
February 23, 1960
- Demolition began on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913).
April 19, 1960
- Baseball uniforms displayed player's names on backs.
September 16, 1960
- College football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg announced
retirement after 71 years of coaching (40 at University of
October 29, 1960
- Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) won first professional
fight in Louisville, KY.
- Bill and Don Kirschner produced first pair of fiberglass skis
in Vashon Island, WA shop; convinced they would be lighter,
stronger, more lively than wood or metal skis; founded K2
Sports; 1970 - acquired by Cummins Engine;
1976 - acquired by Kirschner, group of Seattle
April 27, 1961
- NFL officially recognized Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
October 1, 1961
- Roger Maris, of New York Yankees, hit 61st home run during
162-game season (Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs during 154-game
January 24, 1962
- Jackie Robinson first Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
March 2, 1962
- Wilt Chamberlain, of Philadelphia Warriors, scored NBA record
100 points in game against New York Knicks.
July 3, 1962
- Jackie Robinson became first African American inducted into
National Baseball Hall of Fame.
December 15, 1962
- Earl Eaton, Pete Seibert opened Vail Resorts with two
chairlifts, one gondola, $5 lift ticket (March 1957
- first climbed future Vail Mountain, realized potential for
world-class ski area; January 1961 - US Forest
Service issued final approvals, permits to begin building ski
area; January 1962 - work began; Vail Associates,
Inc. established; mountain recorded 55,000 skiers in 1962-1963
season; January 1966 -Town of Vail established;
December 1968 - first snowmaking systems installed;
achieved one million cumulative skier days; 1969 -
most popular ski area in Colorado; 1972 - in
statewide referendum voters chose not to host 1976 Olympic Games
Games, though chosen by IOC; August 1985 - George
Gillett acquired Vail Associates; May, 1992 -
Apollo Partners acquired Vail Associates; January 1997
- Vail Associates renamed Vail Resorts, Inc.; merger with
Keystone and Breckenridge approved; Vail Resorts acquired ski
areas of Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin (formerly owned
by Ralcorp Holding); November 2001 - acquired
majority interest in RockResorts, luxury resort hotel company;
June 2002 - Vail most visited ski resort in U.S.,
more than 1.5 million visits (Breckenridge second with over 1.4
million visits); April 2003 - exceeded 1.6 million
skier visits for 4th time in 40 year history; 2006
- 5,000 acres of terrain, 33 lifts, largest single mountain in
January 29, 1963
- First members of Football Hall of Fame named in Canton,
February 26, 1963
- Hobart L. Alter (doing business as Hobie-Surfboard Shop in
Dana Point, CA) registered "Hobie" trademark first used February
1, 1954 (surfboards and the like).
November 7, 1963
- New York Yankee Elston Howard first black voted AL MVP.
December 7, 1963
- Videotaped instant replay used for first time in live sports
telecast; CBS re-played touchdown run during Army-Navy football
February 25, 1964
- Cassius Clay dethroned world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny
Liston in seventh-round technical knockout.
April 10, 1964
- Demolition began on Polo Grounds to clear way for housing
September 11, 1964
- Gillette's 20 year contract with MSG, ABC to televise
fights for free ended as Dick Tiger defeated Don Fullmer at
November 2, 1964
- CBS purchased 80% of Yanks for $11,200,000, later bought
remaining 20%; January 3, 1973 - acquired by group
of investors led by George Steinbrenner, minority partner
Michael Burke, for $8.7 million.
January 2, 1965
- New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe
Namath for reported $400,000.
February 7, 1965
- Cassius Clay became Muslim, changed name to Muhammad
Ali; May 25, 1965
- KO'd Sonny Liston in
first round for heavyweight boxing title.
February 11, 1966
- San Francisco Giant Willie Mays signed highest contract,
$130,000 per year.
February 14, 1966
- Rick Mount of Lebanon, IN became first high school male
athlete pictured on cover of "Sports Illustrated."
March 19, 1966
- Texas Western, with five black starters coached by Don
Haskins, defeated heavily favored, all-white Wildcats of
University of Kentucky, coached by basketball legend Adolph
Rupp, for NCAA Men's Basketball Championship at College Park, MD
April 11, 1966
- Emmett Ashford became first black major league umpire; reached
American League after 14 seasons in minor leagues.
April 18, 1966
- Bill Russell became first black coach in NBA history (Boston
November 8, 1966
- President Lyndon Johnson signed into law an antitrust
exemption, allowed National Football League to merge with
American Football League.
January 15 1967
- First Super Bowl played; Green Bay Packers of National
Football League defeated Kansas City Chiefs of American Football
February 2, 1967
- American Basketball Association formed.
April 28, 1967
- Muhammad Ali refused induction into US Army, stripped of his
August 5, 1967
- AFL team beat an NFL team for first time, Broncos beat
August 21, 1967
- Ken Harrelson became baseball's first free agent; August
28, 1967 - signed for $75,000 bonus.
September 26, 1947
- Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler announced Ford, Gillette
to sponsor World Series.
October 18, 1967
- AL voted to allow Athletics to move from Kansas City to
Oakland; 1971 - expand league to 12 teams with Kansas City, Seattle teams.
August 25, 1968
- Arthur Ashe became first black to win U.S. singles
October 18, 1968
- U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes for giving
"black power" salute during victory ceremony at Mexico City
October 18, 1968
- Bob Beamon set world record of 8.90m in long jump at
Mexico City games; became longest unbroken track and field
record in history (23 years); later named by Sports Illustrated
magazine as one of five greatest sporting moments of 20th
November 17, 1968
- NBC outraged football fans, cut away from final minutes of
Oakland Raiders's come from behind victory over New York Jets
43-32 to air, as scheduled, TV special, ''Heidi.''
January 12, 1969
- New York Jets defeated Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III
at Orange Bowl in Miami; Joe Namath had predicted AFL's first
victory over NFL team.
April 14, 1969
- First major league baseball game played outside U.S.
June 3, 1969
- Madison Square Garden Corporation registered "New York
Rangers" trademark first used in 1964 (entertainment services).
- Bob McClure invented Little Prince, first tennis ball machine
for home court use; founded Prince Manufacturing Co. (named
after town of Princeton, NJ); control acquired by Howard Head;
1976 - Head invented first patented Prince
oversized racquet, Prince Classic (110 square inches, changed game, became most successful racquet of its time);
1977 - introduced Prince Graphite, established company
as material technology leader; 1982 - acquired by
Chesebrough- Ponds, Inc.; Head sold his shares in company for
$62 million, moved to Vail, CO; August of 1987 -
acquired by management, in conjunction with Brentwood
Associates, private investment firm; 1990 -
acquired by Italy-based Benetton Group SpA; April 30, 2003
- acquired by partnership consisting of senior management of
Prince business, Lincolnshire Equity Fund II, L.P.,
renamed named Prince Sports, Inc.
- Arthur Jones introduced "Blue Monster" at Los Angeles
weight-lifting convention; August 27, 1974 -
registered "Nautilus" trademark first used December 11, 1972
(manually activated exercise machines for physically exercising
parts of the human body); 1986 - sold interest in
company for $23 million; June 6, 1989 - received a
patent for an "Apparatus for Exercising Muscles of the Lower
Trunk of the Human Body"; February 20, 1990 -
received a patent for a "Machine for Exercising and/or Testing
Muscles of the Lower Trunk, and Method"; 1999 -
acquired by Direct Focus, Inc. (Vancouver, WA); 2002
- name changed to Nautilus, Inc.; variable resistance weight
machines, bridge between free weights and high-tech resistance
equipment; employed system of pulleys that ensured constant
resistance on muscles during entire range of exercise's motion.
January 6, 1970
- Hoyle Schweitzer, of Pacific Palisades, CA, and Jim Drake, of
Santa Monica, CA, received a patent for a "Wind-Propelled
Apparatus"; windsurfboard - the "windsurfer"; Schweitzer
incorporated Windsurfing International to promote the sport,
manage the patent; 1973 - bought rights to patent
from Drake; 1980's - S. Newman Darby filed "prior
art" patent suit (1965 - published his designs for "sail
boarding " in Popular Science Monthly magazine, never sought
patent protection); Windsurfer's original patent voided, lost
use of "windsurfer" as a trademark; 1987 -
reissued patent expired.
January 16, 1970
- Seven-time Golden Glove-winning center fielder Curt Flood of
St. Louis Cardinals filed suit in New York federal court against
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, presidents of American and National
Leagues, all 24 teams in Major League Baseball (MLB); protested
league’s player reserve clause (prevented players from moving to
another team unless traded); Kuhn denied Flood’s request to be
made free agent, Flood sued; argued, in Flood v. Kuhn, that
reserve clause violated antitrust laws, violated 13th Amendment
(barred slavery, involuntary servitude);
August 12, 1970
- Flood lost $41 million antitrust suit against baseball;
U.S. district court judge rejected Flood’s claim; went to U.S.
Supreme Court; no active players agreed to testify on his
behalf; 1972 - court ruled against him in
5-3 decision; 1973 - Major League Baseball agreed
to federal arbitration of players’ salary demands; 1975
- arbitrator effectively threw out reserve clause, paved way for
free agency in baseball, all professional sports.
March 15, 1970
- Boston Bruin Bobby Orr became first defenseman in NHL history
to score 100 points in season; scored four goals in one game
against Detroit Red Wings; finished 1969-70 season with 120
points, record for defensive player, cemented his status as
best offensive defenseman in NHL history.
September 13, 1970
- Gary Muhrcke won first New York City Marathon in 2:31:38.
January 12, 1971
- Coast Catamaran Corp.
registered "Hobie Cat" trademark
first used July 30, 1968 (sailboat).
February 5, 1972
- Bob Douglas became first black man elected to Basketball Hall
of Fame; coached, owned New York Renaissance, all-black team
which won 88 consecutive games in 1933.
February 7, 1972
- Title IX passed, U.S. law guaranteed gender equality in
federally-funded school programs, including athletics.
September 1, 1972
- American Bobby Fischer won international chess crown in
Reykjavik, Iceland; defeated Boris Spassky of Soviet Union.
September 4, 1972
- Swimmer Mark Spitz became first person to win seven gold
medals at single Olympic Games.
September 5, 1972
- Palestinian terrorists attacked Israeli Olympic team at summer
games in Munich; killed 11 Israeli athletes, coaches, five
terrorists, police officer.
January 11, 1973
- Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt
designated-hitter rule on trial basis (remains in effect).
April 5, 1973
- NFL adopted jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19).
April 6, 1973
- Yankee Ron Blomberg became first designated hitter (walked).
June 9, 1973
- Secretariat became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner
since Citation in 1948.
April 4, 1974
- Hank Aaron of Atlanta Braves tied
Babe Ruth's career home run record, hit 714th in Cincinnati;
April 8, 1974
- hit 715th career home run.
October 3, 1974
- Frank Robinson named major league baseball's first black
manager, put in charge of Cleveland Indians.
July 5, 1975
- Arthur Ashe became first black man to win Wimbledon
singles title, defeated Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, over
125 minutes; received $23,000, loser $13,800.
July 15, 1975
- John E. Fetzer, Inc., Detroit, MI, registered "Detroit
Tigers" trademark first used in 1963 ("entertainment services in
the nature of baseball games and exhibitions rendered live and
through the media of radio and television broadcasts").
July 20, 1976
- Hank Aaron hit 755th, last home run, off Angels Jerry
June 11, 1977
- Seattle Slew won Belmont Stakes, captured Triple Crown.
August 23, 1977
- Cincinnati Bengals, Inc. registered "Cincinnati Bengals"
trademark first used September 27, 1967 ("Educational and
Entertainment Services in the Form of Professional Football
Games and Exhibitions").
December 30, 1978
- Ohio State University fired Woody Hayes as football coach, one
day after Hayes punched Clemson University player during
January 26, 1980
- At request of President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Olympic
Committee voted to ask International Olympic Committee to
cancel, move upcoming Moscow Olympics (response to Soviet
military invasion of Afghanistan in previous month); Soviets
ignored vote, ultimatum; U.S. Olympic Committee decided to
boycott games; first time in modern history of Olympics that
United States refused to participate; decade passed before
Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan.
February 22, 1980
- United States Olympic hockey team (youngest team of all
American squads, average age 22) defeated Soviets at Lake
Placid, NY, 4-to-3; Mike Eruzione (Winthrop, MA), team captain,
former player with Toledo Blades of the International League,
scored midway through final period to break 3-3 tie; went on to
win gold medal (originally seeded 7th).
April 18, 1981 -
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, Rochester Red Wings (Baltimore Orioles)
played 8 hours, 25 minutes, longest game in history of
professional baseball: 33 innings, 882 pitches, 156 baseballs;
April 19, 1981 - tie game (2-2) halted at 4:09 AM on
Easter morning; June 23, 1981 - game concluded (Wings
back in Providence, RI). Pawtucket won, 3-2.
June 12, 1981
- Major League Baseball players began 49-day strike over issue
of free-agent compensation.
November 28, 1981
- Bear Bryant won 315th game, passed Alonzo Stagg as college
football's winningest coach.
April 5, 1984
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became highest-scoring player in NBA
history with 31,421 career points (31,421); Wilt Chamberlain
May 8, 1984
- Soviet government announced boycott of 1984 Summer Olympic
Games held in Los Angeles, CA; cited fears for safety of its
athletes in what it considered hostile, anti-communist
environment; 13 other communist nations issued similar
statements, refused to attend games; United States swept Olympic
record of 83 gold medals.
June 27, 1984
- Supreme Court ended NCAA monopoly on college football
September 11, 1985
- Pete Rose,of Cincinnati Reds, recorded his 4,192nd hit; broke
Ty Cobb's career record.
April 2, 1986
- NCAA adopted 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch
July 27, 1986
- Greg Lemond first American to win Tour de France.
November 14, 1986
- New York Mets acquired from Doubleday Publishing by Nelson
Doubleday, Fred Wilpon.
February 7, 1987
- Dennis Conner, Stars and Stripes, won America's Cup.
April 6, 1987
- Al Campanis, Los Angeles Dodgers executive for 40 years, said
on ABC's ''Nightline'' that blacks ''may not have some of the
necessities'' to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball;
April 7, 1987
February 23, 1988
- Chicago gave Cubs right to install lights, play up
to 18 night games.
August 24, 1989
- Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Pete Rose
from game for gambling.
October 3, 1989
- Art Shell became first African-American to coach professional
football team, Los Angeles Raiders.
October 21, 1989
- Betram Lee, Peter Bynoe acquired Denver Nuggets for $65
million; first black owners of major sports team.
February 5, 1990
- Notre Dame became first team to sell broadcast rights to
games to major network (NBC).
July 19, 1990
- Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, sentenced in
Cincinnati to five months in prison for tax evasion.
February 23, 1991
- North Carolina first NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games.
May 19, 1991
- Willy T. Ribbs became first African-American driver to qualify
for Indy 500.
July 11, 1991
- Calumet Farm, home to 8 Kentucky Derby winners, filed for
August 17, 1993
- Thomas Welsh, of San Diego, CA, received a patent for a
"Platform Steerable Skateboard".
June 30, 1994
- U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of
national championship, banned her from organization for
life for attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
September 14, 1994
- Acting commissioner Bud Selig announced cancellation of rest
of baseball season on 34th day of strike by players.
January 29, 1995
- San Francisco 49ers became first team in NFL history to win
five Super Bowl titles, beat San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super
September 6, 1995
- Cal Ripken, Jr. broke Gehrig's record, played in 2,131
November 26, 1996
- Baseball owners approved interleague play, 26-4.
April 13, 1997
- Tiger Woods (21) became youngest person to win Masters
Tournament, first person of African heritage to claim major golf
April 15, 1997
- Jackie Robinson's No. 42 retired 50 years after he became
first black player in major league baseball.
June 12, 1997
- Major league baseball began interleague play.
June 21, 1997
- Women's National Basketball Association made debut.
July 5, 1997
- Martina Hingis (16) became youngest Wimbledon singles champion
in 110 years, beat Jana Novotna in women's final.
September 20, 1998
- Cal Ripken Jr. of Baltimore Orioles sat out game against New
York Yankees after playing in record 2,632 consecutive games
over 16 seasons,
January 8, 1999
- Top two executives of Salt Lake City's Olympic Organizing
Committee resigned after disclosures that civic boosters had
given cash to members of International Olympic Committee;
March 17, 1999
- International Olympic Committee expelled six of its members in
wake of bribery scandal.
September 18, 1999
- Sammy Sosa of Chicago Cubs became first player in major league
baseball history to hit 60 home runs in season twice.
July 9, 2000
- Pete Sampras won seventh Wimbledon singles title; tied record
for men at All England Club.
July 23, 2000
- Tiger Woods (24) became youngest golfer to complete career
Grand Slam; won British Open.
December 11, 2000
- Shortstop Alex Rodriguez agreed to $252 million deal
with Texas Rangers, most lucrative sports contract in history.
April 14, 2002
- Tiger Woods became only third golfer in history to win
back-to-back Masters titles.
October 27, 2002
- Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith broke NFL career
rushing yardage record of 16,726 held by Walter Payton (finished career with 18,355 yards rushing.).
December 25, 2002
- Katie Hnida became first woman to play in Division I football
game, attempted extra point for New Mexico against UCLA in Las
July 29, 2003
- Boston Red Sox batter Bill Mueller became first player
in major league history to hit grand slams from both sides of
plate in single game in 14-7 win at Texas.
October 25, 2003
- Florida State's Bobby Bowden became winningest coach in
major college football history with 339th victory; Seminoles
beat Wake Forest 48-24; later stripped of accolade for NCAA
rules violations (made to forfeit prior victories).
December 6, 2003
- Army became first team to finish 0-13 in major college
football history after a 34-6 loss to Navy.
January 5, 2004
- Pete Rose publicly admitted that he'd bet on baseball while
manager of Cincinnati Reds; had denied doing so for 14 years.
April 6, 2004
- University of Connecticut became first school to win NCAA
Division I men's, women's basketball titles in same season;
women's team beat Tennessee 70-61 for third consecutive
September 15, 2004
- National Hockey League owners agreed to lock out players.
October 1, 2004
- Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki made his 258th hit
of season; broke George Sisler's 84-year-old single-season
July 24, 2005
- American cyclist Lance Armstrong won record-setting
seventh consecutive Tour de France, retired from sport.
December 26, 2004
- Peyton Manning of Indianapolis Colts broke Dan Marino's
single-season touchdown pass record, threw 48th, 49th of
season in victory over San Diego.
February 16, 2005
- NHL canceled what was left of decimated schedule after
round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences
over salary cap.
November 15, 2005
- Baseball players, owners agreed on tougher
May 8, 2006
- Forbes Magazine's 2006 Survey of Major League Baseball's 30
franchises estimated that baseball team values increased average
of 15% for second consecutive year, to $376 million; overall
operating income increased to $360 million ($12.1 million per
team) from $132 million ($4.4 million per team) previous year,
revenue increased faster than player salaries. The Survey ranked
Yankees as most valuable team in professional baseball, worth an
estimated $1.026 billion; Red Sox were second most valuable
franchise at $617 million; New York Mets ($604 million); Los
Angeles Dodgers ($482 million); Chicago Cubs ($448 million);
Washington Nationals ($440 million); St. Louis Cardinals ($429
million); Seattle Mariners ($428 million); Philadelphia Phillies
($424 million); $Houston Astros ($416 million).
July 9, 2006
- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal met in men's singles final at
Wimbledon; first time in 52 years that finalists in French Open
faced each other in Wimbledon's final.
March 25, 2007
- Son of a Final Four coach got his team into Final Four in
college basketball for the first time in NCAA history; John
Thomspon III's Georgetown University team defeated North
Carolina 96-84; John Thompson Jr.'s Georgetown teams made it
into Final Four in 1982 (lost 83-82 to North Carolina), 1984
(lost to Villanova) and 1985;1984 - won NCAA title, beat
University of Houston.
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(Nashville Predators), Craig Leipold & Richard
W. Oliver (2001).
Hockey-Tonk: The Amazing Story of the Nashville Predators.
(Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 238 p.). Nashville
Predators (Hockey team)--History; Nashville Predators (Hockey
team)--Finance; Hockey--Economic aspects--United States.
(NBA), Eldon Ham (2000).
The Playmasters: From Sellouts to Lockouts-an Unauthorized
History of the NBA. (Lincolnwood, IL: Contemporary
Books, 258 p.). National Basketball Association--History;
Basketball--Economic aspects--United States.
(NBA), J. Bruce Miller (2004).
Airball: The Complete and Unvarnished Account of Louisville’s
30-Year Odyssey To Acquire an NBA Franchise.
(Louisville, K: JBM Partners, 416 p.). Basketball--Economic
aspects--Kentucky--Louisville; National Basketball
Association--Management; Sports franchises--Location--United
(NBA), Connie Kirchberg; foreword by Jim
Hoop Lore: A History of the National Basketball Association.
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 347 p.). Freelance Writer.
National Basketball Association--History. How, why NBA able to overcome
obstacles to become most successfully marketed league in
(NCAA), Jack Falla (1981).
NCAA, The Voice of College Sports: A Diamond Anniversary
History, 1906-1981. (Mission, KS: National Collegiate
Athletic Association, 300 p.). National Collegiate Athletic
Association--History--20th century; College sports--United
(NCAA), Paul R. Lawrence (1987).
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: The National Collegiate Athletic
Association and the Business of College Football. (New
York, NY: Praeger, 173 p.). Economist with Price Waterhouse.
National Collegiate Athletic Association; College
sports--Economic aspects--United States; College sports--Moral
and ethical aspects--United States; Football--Economic
aspects--United States; Football--Moral and ethical
(NCAA), Murray A. Sperber (1990).
College Sports Inc.: The Athletic Department vs [sic] the
University. (New York, NY: Holt, 416 p.). National
Collegiate Athletic Association; College sports--Economic
aspects--United States; College sports--Moral and ethical
aspects--United States; College sports--United
(NCAA), Arthur A. Fleisher, Brian L. Goff, and
Robert D. Tollison (1992).
The National Collegiate Athletic Association: A Study in
Cartel Behavior. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago
Press, 190 p.). Assistant Professor Economics (Metropolitan
State College of Denver); Associate Professor of Economics
(Western Kentucky University); Professor of Economics and
Director of the Center for the Study of Public Choice (George
Mason University). National Collegiate Athletic
Association--Finance; Cartels--United States--Case studies;
College sports--Economic aspects--United States--Case studies.
(Newark Eagles), James Overmyer (1998).
Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles.
(Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 297 p. [rev. ed.]). Manley, Effa,
1900- ; Newark Eagles (Baseball team) -- History; Baseball team
owners -- United States -- Biography; African American business
enterprises; Women-owned business enterprises -- United States;
(New York Giants), Tom Callahan (2007).
The GM: The Inside Story of a Dream Job and the Nightmares That
Go with It. (New York, NY: Crown Publishers, 288 p.).
Former Senior Writer (Time magazine), Sports Columnist
(Washington Post). Accorsi, Ernie; National Football League; New
York Giants (Football team)--Biography; Football--United States.
Role of general manager
(part seer, part accountant, balancing psyches, salary caps);
story of the job, what it means to be guy who makes the
(New York Yankees), Ray Robinson and
Christopher Jennison (1998).
Yankee Stadium: 75 Years of Drama, Glamor, and Glory.
(New York, NY: Penguin Studio, 182 p.). Yankee Stadium (New
York, N.Y.)--History; Sports--New York (State)--New
(New York Yankees), Henry D. Fetter (2003).
Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of
Baseball, 1903-2003. (New York, NY: Norton, 461 p.).
Attorney. New York Yankees (Baseball team)--History;
Baseball--Economic aspects--United States--History;
(NFL), Mark Yost (2006).
Tailgating, Sacks, and Salary Caps: How the NFL Became the Most
Successful Sports League in History. (Chicago, IL:
Kaplan Pub., 272 p.). WSJ contributor and St. Paul Pioneer Press
editorial writer. National Football League--History;
Football--Economic aspects--United States. History, business decisions that
have made the NFL most successful organization in sports
(NFL), Michael Oriard (2007).
Brand NFL: Making and Selling America’s Favorite Sport.
(Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 336 p.).
Former Professional Football Player, Distinguished Professor of
American Literature and Culture and Associate Dean of the
College of Liberal Arts (Oregon State University). National
Football League; Football--United States--Marketing;
Football--United States--Management. $6 billion sports entertainment
industry since 1960; has extraordinary commercializing,
"branding" of NFL football weakened cultural power of sport
whose appeal for more than century was fundamentally
(NHL), Marc Edge (2004).
Red Line, Blue Line, Bottom Line: How Push Came to Shove Between
the National Hockey League and Its Players. (Vancouver,
BC: New Star Books, 160 p.). National Hockey League--Finance;
Professional sports--Economic aspects--United States;
Professional sports--Economic aspects--Canada.
(NHL), John Chi-Kit Wong (2005).
Lords of the Rinks: The Emergence of the National Hockey League,
1875-1936. (Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press,
235 p.). Assistant Professor in the Sport Management Program
(Washington State University). National Hockey League--History;
Hockey--Canada--History; Hockey--United States--History.
History of the league, business
of hockey; 1917 - NHL held its first games, 1936 - had become
dominant governing body; sport rarely, if ever, without some
(Oakland A's), Michael Lewis (2003).
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. (New York,
NY: Norton, 288 p,). Baseball--Economic aspects--United States;
Baseball--Scouting--United States; Baseball players--Salaries,
(Oakland Raiders), Mark Ribowsky (1991).
Slick: The Silver and Black Life of Al Davis. (New York,
NY: Macmillan Pub. Co., 358 p.). Davis, Al, 1929- ; Oakland
Raiders (Football team); Football coaches--United
States--Biography; Football team owners--United
(Olympia Stadium), Robert Wimmer (2000).
Detroit’s Olympia Stadium. (Chicago, IL: Arcadia
Publishing, 128 p.). Photographer for the Red Wings. Olympia
entertainment venue in Detroit for over a half century; major
tenant was Detroit Red Wings.
(Olympics), Holger Preuss (2004).
The Economics of Staging the Olympics: A Comparison of the
Games, 1972-2008. (Northampton, MA: E. Elgar, 332 p.).
Olympics--Economic aspects; Olympics--Finance;
(Olympics), Michael Payne (2005).
Olympic Turnaround: How the Olympic Games Stepped Back from the
Brink of Extinction to Become the World's Best Known Brand - and
a Multi Billion Dollar Global Franchise. (London, UK:
London Business Press, 332 p.). Former Marketing Director, IOC.
Olympic Games; International Olympic Committee; Sports
(Peetz Manufacturing), Douglas F.W. Pollard;
foreword by Alan Haig-Brown (1997).
Peetz, A Reel for All Time. (Surrey, BC: Heritage House,
127 p.). B.C. Peetz Manufacturing Company -- History; Fishing
reels -- British Columbia -- History.
(Pompano Park), Frank J. Cavaioli (2005).
Pompano Park Harness Track. (Charleston, SC: Arcadia
Pub., 128 p.). Pompano Park (Pompano Beach, Fla.)--History;
Harness racing--Florida--Pompano Beach--History.
"Winter Capital of Harness
Racing," has provided only nighttime standardbred harness
competition in Florida since 1964 inaugural season.
(Rawlings), Robert Liston Burnes (1948).
50 Golden Years of Sports. (St. Louis, MO: Rawlings
Manufacturing Co., 200 p.). Rawlings Manufacturing Company, St.
Louis; Sports--United States.
(San Diego Chargers), Gene Klein and David
First Down and a Billion: The Funny Business of Pro Football.
(New York, NY: Morrow, 300 p.). Owner from 1966-1984. Klein,
Gene; San Diego Chargers (Football team); Football team
(San Diego Chargers), Alex Spanos with Mark
Seal and Natalia Kasparian; with a foreword by Rush Limbaugh
Sharing the Wealth: My Story. (Washington, DC: Regnery
Pub., 254 p.). Spanos, Alex; San Diego Chargers (Football team);
Football team owners--United States--Biography;
(Skiing), Jacques Mouriquand (1988).
L'or Blanc: Le Système des Sports d'Hiver. (Paris, FR:
Lieu Commun, 239 p.). Ski resorts--Economic aspects--France; Ski
resorts--France--History; Ski resorts--France--Management.
(Skiing), Karen D. Lorentz (1990).
Killington: A Story of Mountains and Men. (Shrewsbury,
VT: Mountain Publsihing, 271 p.). Killington Ski Area
(Vt.)--History; Ski resorts--Vermont; Skis and skiing--Vermont;
Killington Peak (Vt.)--Recreational use.
(Skiing), George Weider (1990).
Blue Mountain. (Erin, ON: Boston Mills Press, 160 p.).
Weider, Jozo; Weider, Jozo; Blue Mountain Resorts
Limited--History;Blue Mountain Resorts Limited--Histoire; Ski
resorts--Ontario--History; Skis and
skiing--Ontario--History;Stations de ski--Ontario--Blue
Mountains--Histoire; Ski--Ontario--Blue Mountains--Histoire.
(Skiing), as told to Rick Richards (1992).
Ski Pioneers: Ernie Blake, His Friends, and the Making of Taos
Ski Valley. (Arroyo Seco, NM: Dry Gulch Publishing, 235
p.). Blake, Ernie, 1913-1989; Skiers--United States--Biography;
Businesspeople--United States--Biography; Ski resorts--New
(Skiing), S. Franklin Burford (1992).
The Snowshoe Story: Business, Politics, and the Judiciary in
West Virginia. (Elkins, WV: Kerens Hill Publications,
178 p.). Snowshoe Company--Trials, litigation, etc.;
Bankruptcy--United States; Judicial corruption--United States;
Ski resorts--West Virginia--Finance; West Virginia--Politics and
(Skiing), Peter W. Seibert with William Oscar
Johnson; [foreword by Jean-Claude Killy] (2000).
Vail: Triumph of a Dream. (Boulder, CO: Mountain Sports
Press in conjunction with Vail Resorts Management Co., 192 p.).
Founder, Vail Resorts. Ski resorts--Colorado--Vail--History;
Vail (Colo.)--History; Vail (Colo.)--History--Pictorial works;
Vail (Colo.)--Pictorial works.
(A. G. Spalding Brothers), Arthur C. Bartlett
Baseball and Mr. Spalding; The History and Romance of Baseball.
(New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Young, p.). Spalding, Albert
Goodwill, 1850-1915; Spalding (A. G.) and Brothers, inc.;
(A. G. Spaulding Brothers), Peter Levine
Spalding and the Rise of Baseball: The Promise of American Sport.
(New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 184 p.). Spalding, A. G.
(Albert Goodwill); Baseball players -- United States --
Biography; Businessmen -- Biography.
(A. G. Spaulding Brothers), Mark Lamster
Spalding’s World Tour: The Epic Adventure That Took Baseball
Around the Globe--and Made iIt America’s Game. (New
York, NY: Public Affairs, 341 p.). Senior Editor (Princeton
Architectural Press). Spalding, A. G. (Albert Goodwill);
Baseball--United States--History--19th century; Baseball--United
States--History--20th century. October 1888 - Albert Goodwill
Spalding departed Chicago on 57-game trip around globe
with twenty of baseball's greatest players to bring baseball and
American way to the four corners of the earth.
(USFL), Jim Byrne (1987).
The $1 League: The Rise and Fall of the USFL. (New York,
NY: Prentice Hall Press, 352 p.). USFL (Organization) --
(Vail Resorts), Peter W. Seibert with William
Oscar Johnson; [foreword by Jean-Claude Killy] (2000).
Vail: Triumph of a Dream. (Boulder, CO: Mountain Sports
Press in conjunction with Vail Resorts Management Co., 192 p.).
Co-Founder, Vail Resorts. Ski resorts --Colorado --Vail
--History; Vail (Colo.) --History; Vail (Colo.) --History
--Pictorial works; Vail (Colo.) --Pictorial works.
(Washington Redskins), Adrian Havill (1992).
The Last Mogul: The Unauthorized Biography of Jack Kent Cooke.
(New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 302 p.). Cooke, Jack Kent;
(Waterloo Diamonds), Jerry Klinkowitz ; with a
foreword by Mike Veeck (1999).
Owning a Piece of the Minors. (Carbondale, IL: Southern
Illinois University Press, 156 p.). Klinkowitz, Jerome; Waterloo
Diamonds (Baseball team); Baseball team owners--United
(Westminster Kennel Club), William F. Stifel
The Dog Show: 125 Years of Westminster. (ew York, NY:
Westminster Kennel Club, 240 p.). President of the American
Kennel Club (1977 to 1986). Westminster Kennel Club--History;
Dog shows--New York (State)--New York--History; Dog
(World Championship Wrestling Inc.), Eric
Bischoff with Jeremy Roberts (2006).
World Wrestling Entertainment Presents Controversy Creates Cash.
(New York, NY: Pocket Books, 389 p.). Bischoff, Eric; World
Championship Wrestling, Inc.--History; World Wrestling
Entertainment, Inc.--History; Wrestling--History.
Rise, fall of organization in
head-to-head, no-holds-barred ratings war with WWE; how author
helped shape sports entertainment industry into billion dollar
(York Barbell), John D. Fair (1999).
Muscletown USA: Bob Hoffman and the Manly Culture of York
Barbell. (University Park, PA: Penn State University
Press, 420 p.). Bob Hoffman, York Barbell Company, Weight
Dean V. Baim (1994).
The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. (Westport,
CT: Greenwood Press, 240 p.). Stadiums -- Economic aspects --
United States -- Case studies; Urban economics -- United States
-- Case studies; Sports -- Economic aspects -- United States --
Hugh Barty-King (1979).
Quilt Winders and Pod Shavers: The History of Cricket Bat and
Ball Manufacture. (London, UK: Macdonald and Jane's, 208
p.). Cricket equipment industry--Great Britain--History.
David J. Berri, Martin B. Schmidt, and Stacey
L. Brook (2006).
The Wages of Wins: Taking Measure of the Many Myths in Modern
Sport. (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 304
p.). Associate Professor of Economics (California State
University, Bakersfield); Associate Professor of Economics
(College of William and Mary); Associate Professor of Economics
(University of Sioux Falls). Professional sports--Economic
aspects--United States; Professional sports--Social
Authors debunk many of the most commonly held beliefs about
David Browne (2004).
Amped: How Big Air, Big Dollars, and a New Generation Took
Sports to the Extreme. (New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 300
p.). Music Critic (Entertainment Weekly). Extreme
sports--Economic aspects--United States.
Jerry Crasnick (2005).
License To Deal: A Season on the Run with a Maverick Baseball
(Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 312 p.). Baseball reporter (ESPN.com's lead
Insider). Sosnick, Matt; Major League Baseball (Organization);
Sports agents--United States--Biography; Baseball
Timothy Jon Curry, Kent Schwirian, and Rachael
A. Woldoff (2004).
High Stakes: Big Time Sports and Downtown Redevelopment.
(Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 184 p.). Associate
Professor of Sociology (Ohio State University); Professor
Emeritus of Sociology (Ohio State University); Assistant
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology (West Virginia
University). Sports--Social aspects--Ohio--Columbus;
Professional sports--Social aspects--Ohio--Columbus;
Sports--Economic aspects--Ohio--Columbus; Professional
sports--Economic aspects--Ohio--Columbus; Community
development--Ohio--Columbus; Urban renewal--Ohio--Columbus.
Michael N. Danielson (1997).
Home Team: Professional Sports and the American Metropolis.
(Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 397 p.). Sports and
state -- United States; Sports -- United States -- Sociological
aspects; Sports -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Francis X. Dealy, Jr. (1990).
Win at Any Cost: The Sell Out of College Athletics. (New
York, NY: Carol Pub. Group, 240 p.). National Collegiate
Athletic Association; College sports -- Moral and ethical
aspects -- United States; College sports -- Economic aspects --
United States; Doping in sports -- United States.
William C. Dowling (2007).
Confessions of a Spoilsport: My Life and Hard Times Fighting
Sports Corruption at an Old Eastern University.
(University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 208
p.). University Distinguished Professor of English and American
Literature (Rutgers University). Rutgers University; National
Collegiate Athletic Association; College sports--Moral and
ethical aspects--United States; College sports--Economic
When Rutgers joined Big East; Rutgers 1000 (students, alumni)
set out to resist decline of their university.
Joseph Durso (1971).
The All-American Dollar; The Big Business of Sports.
(Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 294 p.). Sports--Economic
Charles C. Euchner (1993).
Playing the Field: Why Sports Teams Move and Cities Fight to
Keep Them. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University
Press, 213 p.). Sports -- Political aspects -- United States --
Case studies; Sports -- Economic aspects -- United States --
Case studies; Sports franchises -- United States -- Location --
Case studies; Metropolitan areas -- United States -- Case
Arthur A. Fleisher III, Brian L. Goff, and
Robert D. Tollison (1992).
The National Collegiate Athletic Association: A Study in Cartel
Behavior. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 190
p.). National Collegiate Athletic Association -- Finance;
Cartels -- United States -- Case studies; College sports --
Economic aspects -- United States -- Case studies.
Kristine Fredriksson (1985).
American Rodeo: From Buffalo Bill to Big Business.
(College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 255 p.).
Rodeos--West (U.S.)--History; Rodeos--Economic aspects--West
Sheldon Gallner (1974).
Pro Sports: The Contract Game. (New York, NY: Scribner,
231 p.). Professional sports contracts--United States.
Vince Gennaro (2007).
Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball.
(Hingham, MA: Maple Street Press, 250 p.). Former President
Pepsico subsidiary. Major League Baseball (Organization);
Baseball--Economic aspects--United States; Baseball--United
States--History. Win-revenue relationship as foundation: 1) How does winning
affect revenues for each team? 2) What is a player's economic
value to his team? 3) Why does berth in the postseason have
great economic value? 4) What is the economic value of
productive farm system? 5) Does competitive balance exist in
Jerry Gorman, Kirk Calhoun ; with Skip Rozin
The Name of the Game: The Business of Sports. (New York,
NY: Wiley, 278 p.). Sports -- Economic aspects -- United States;
Professionalism in sports.
Kenneth M. Jennings (1990).
Balls and Strikes: The Money Game in Professional Baseball.
(New York, NY: Praeger, 273 p.). Collective
Frank P. Jozsa, Jr. (2004).
Sports Capitalism: The Foreign Business of American Professional
Leagues. (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 316 p.). Associate
Professor of Economics and Business Administration (Pfeiffer
University in Charlotte, North Carolina). Professional
sports--United States--Marketing; Professional sports--Economic
aspects--United States. Contents: Major league baseball --
National Football League -- National Basketball Association --
National Hockey League -- Major league soccer.
Baseball, Inc.: The National Pastime as Big Business.
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 284 p.). Associate Professor of
Economics and Business Administration (Pfeiffer University in
Charlotte, North Carolina). Baseball--Economic aspects--United
States; Baseball--Social aspects--United States.
Past and present commercial
elements of organized baseball; dual roles, as competitive sport
and profitable business.
Big Sports, Big Business: A Century of League Expansions,
Mergers, and Reorganizations. (Westport, CT: Praeger,
181 p.). Associate Professor of Economics and Business
Administration (Pfeiffer University). Professional
sports--Economic aspects--United States; Sports
franchises--United States. Expansions, mergers, relocations,
transfers from 1870s to present; successes, failures in
baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, their effects on
team competitiveness, market share, prosperity, impact on
communities in which they operate.
Alan M. Klein (2006).
Growing the Game: The Globalization of Major League Baseball.
(New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 280 p.). Professor of
Sociology and Anthropology (Northeastern University).
Baseball--Economic aspects; Globalization; Sports and
globalization. Study of
sport in process of globalizing; ways in which Major
League Baseball operates on world stage from Dominican Republic
to South Africa to Japan.
Don Kowet (1977).
The Rich Who Own Sports. (New York, NY: Random House,
271 p.). Sports team owners--United States--Biography.
Walter LaFeber (1999).
Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism. (New York,
NY: W.W. Norton, 191). Cultural Imperialism, Transnational
Paul R. Lawrence (1987).
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: The National Collegiate Athletic
Association and the Business of College Football. (New
York, NY: Praeger, 173 p.). National Collegiate Athletic
Association; College sports -- Economic aspects -- United
States; College sports -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United
Eric M. Leifer (1995).
Making the Majors: The Transformation of Team Sports in America.
(Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 378 p.). Professional
sports -- United States -- History; Sports teams -- United
States -- History.
Richard A. Lipsey; with a foreword by Thomas
B. Doyle (2006).
The Sporting Goods Industry: History, Practices and Products.
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 177 p.). President and CEO
of the Sporting Goods Research Network Inc./dba SBRnet. Sporting
goods industry--United States; Sporting goods industry--United
has moved far beyond equipment manufacture. Author offers
insight into every major function of the sporting goods
Michael E. Lomax (2003).
Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860-1901: Operating by Any Means
Necessary. (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 222
p.). Teacher of Physical Education, Sports Studies (University
of Georgia). African American baseball team
owners--History--19th century; Baseball--United
States--History--19th century; African American business
enterprises--History--19th century; Entrepreneurship--United
Marc S. Maltby (1997).
The Origins and Early Development of Professional Football.
(New York, NY: Garland, 238 p.). Football--United
States--History; Football--Social aspects--United
G. Richard McKelvey (2000).
The MacPhails: Baseball's First Family of the Front Office.
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 344 p.). MacPhail, Larry,
1890-1975; MacPhail, Lee; MacPhail, Andrew Bowen, 1953- ;
Baseball managers -- United States -- Biography; Baseball --
United States -- Management.
Eds. Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist
Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and
Stadiums. (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press,
525 p.). Sports franchises -- Economic aspects -- United States;
Sports teams -- Economic aspects -- United States; Stadiums --
Economic aspects -- United States; Urban economics -- United
James Quirk and Rodney D. Fort (1992).
Pay Dirt: The Business of Professional Team Sports.
(Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 538 p.).
Professional sports--Economic aspects--United States.
Hard Ball: The Abuse of Power in Pro Team Sports.
(Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 233 p.).
Professional sports--Economic aspects--United States;
Professional sports--Moral and ethical aspects--United States.
Irving Rein, Philip Kotler, and Ben Shields
The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace.
(New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 300 p.). Professor of Communication
Studies (Northwestern University's School of Communication); S.
C. Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at
the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University);
Doctoral Student in Communication studies (Northwestern
University). Sports --Marketing; Sports --Economic aspects;
Communication in marketing; Sports spectators --United States;
Professional sports --United States. Business model centered on fan
satisfaction, retention; transform sports product into
enduring brand that quickly adapts to changing market
ed. Wilbur C. Rich (2000).
The Economics and Politics of Sports Facilities.
(Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 237 p.). Sports facilities --
Economic aspects -- United States; Sports facilities --
Political aspects -- United States.
Patrick Robinson with Nick Robinson (1993).
Horsetrader: Robert Sangster and the Rise and Fall of the Sport
of Kings. (London, UK: HarperCollins, 340 p.). Sangster,
Robert; Race horses -- Breeding; Horse industry -- United
States; Businessmen -- United States -- Biography.
Mark S. Rosentraub (1999).
Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying
for It. (New York, NY: Basic Books, 364 p.). Sports --
Economic aspects -- United States; Sports teams -- United States
-- Costs; Sports teams -- United States -- Finance; Cities and
towns -- United States -- Economic conditions; Sports team
owners -- United States.
Phil Schaaf (2004).
Sports, Inc.: 100 Years of Sports Business: Event Evolution
... (Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 394 p.). Sports
Economic aspects; Sports Marketing.
Gerald W. Scully (1995).
The Market Structure of Sports. (Chicago, IL: University
of Chicago Press, 207 p.). Sports -- Economic aspects -- United
States; Sports administration -- United States; Sports -- United
States -- Marketing.
Richard G. Sheehan (1996).
Keeping Score: The Economics of Big-Time Sports. (South
Bend, IN: Diamond Communications, 339 p.). Sports--Economic
aspects--United States; Professional sports--Economic
Kenneth L. Shropshire; with a foreword by
Sharon Pratt Kelly (1995).
The Sports Franchise Game: Cities in Pursuit of Sports
Franchises, Events, Stadiums, and Arenas. (Philadelphia,
PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 102 p.). Sports franchises
-- United States; Sports franchises -- Economic aspects --
United States; Sports franchises -- Social aspects -- United
States; Cities and towns -- United States -- Social conditions.
Kenneth L. Shropshire and Timothy Davis
The Business of Sports Agents. (Philadelphia, PA:
University of Pennsylvania Press, 206 p.). Sports agents--United
States; Sports--Corrupt practices--United States; College
Murray A. Sperber (1998).
Onward to Victory: The Crises That Shaped College Sports.
(New York, NY: Holt, 578 p.). College sports--United
Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling
Undergraduate Education. (New York, NY: Holt, 322 p.).
College sports--United States--History; College sports--Economic
aspects--United States; College sports--Moral and ethical
aspects--United States; Universities and colleges--United
Leigh Steinberg with Michael D'Orso (1998).
Winning with Integrity: Getting What You're Worth Without
Selling Your Soul. (New York, NY: Villard, 239 p.).
Sports Agent. Negotiation in business.
Neil J. Sullivan (1987).
The Dodgers Move West: The Transfer of the Brooklyn Baseball
Franchise to Los Angeles. (New York, NY: Oxford
University Press, 252 p.). Los Angeles Dodgers (Baseball team)
-- History; Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team) -- History; Sports
and state -- California; Baseball -- California -- Management;
Baseball -- New York (State) -- New York -- Management.
The Minors: The Struggles and the Triumph of Baseball's Poor
Relation from 1876 to the Present. (New York, NY: St.
Martin's Press, 307 p.). Baseball teams -- United States --
History -- 19th century; Baseball teams -- United States --
History -- 20th century.
The Diamond in the Bronx: Yankee Stadium and the Politics of New
York. (New York. NY: Oxford University Press, 225 p.).
Yankee Stadium (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century;
Baseball -- New York (State) -- New York -- Political aspects;
Baseball -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th
Stefan Szymanski, Andrew Zimbalist (2005).
National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of
the World plays Soccer. (Washington, DC: Brookings
Institution Press, 263 p.). Professor of Economics and Strategy
at the Tanaka Business School (Imperial College London); Robert
A. Woods Professor of Economics (Smith College). Professional
sports--Economic aspects--Cross-cultural studies;
Baseball--Economic aspects--United States; Soccer--Economic
comparison of two sports and the mega-businesses they have
Wray Vamplew (1988).
Pay Up and Play the Game: Professional Sport in Britain,
1875-1914. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press,
394 p.). Professional sports--Great Britain--History--19th
century; Professional sports--Economic aspects--Great Britain;
Professional sports--Great Britain--History--20th century.
Ted Vincent (1994).
The Rise and Fall of American Sport: Mudville's Revenge.
(Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press, 358 p. [rev. ed.]).
Jay Weiner (2000).
Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League
Boondoggles. (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota
Press, 503 p.). Professional sports -- Economic aspects --
Minnesota -- Minneapolis; Stadiums -- Economic aspects --
Minnesota -- Minneapolis; Sports franchises -- Economic aspects
-- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
Ann E. Weiss (1993).
Money Games: The Business of Sports. (Boston, MA:
Houghton Mifflin, 186 p.). Sports--Economic aspects--United
States; Sports--Moral and ethical aspects--United States;
Professional sports--Economic aspects--United States;
Professional sports--Moral and ethical aspects--United States;
Athletes--Professional ethics--United States; Sports--Economic
David Whitford (1993).
Playing Hardball: The High-Stakes Battle for Baseball's New
Franchises. (New York, NY: Doubleday, 271 p.). National
League of Professional Baseball Clubs; Baseball -- Economic
aspects -- United States; Baseball teams -- United States --
Management; Sports franchises -- Location -- United States.
Andrew Zimbalist (1999).
Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism and Conflict in Big-Time
College Sports. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University
Press, 252 p.). Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics (Smith
College). College sports -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United
States; College sports -- Economic aspects -- United States;
College sports -- United States -- Management; College athletes
-- United States.
May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy.
(Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 198 p.). Robert A.
Woods Professor of Economics (Smith College). Major League
Baseball (Organization); Baseball--Economic aspects--United
States; Baseball--Law and legislation--United States; Antitrust
In the Best Interests of Baseball?: The Revolutionary Reign of
Bud Selig. (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 272 p.). Robert A. Woods
Professor of Economics (Smith College). Selig, Allan H. (Allan
Huber), 1934- ; Baseball--Management; Baseball commissioners.
Selig redefined role of
commissioner, shepherded transformation of industry into a
business; brought the owners together as partners.
Business History Links
A Brief History of Billiards and the
Tools of the Trade
"Advances in the game of billiards and the equipment used to
play the game occurred very much in parallel. This brief history
is intended to chronicle the links between the two." Covers the
period 1600-1930 and topics such as an early form of the game
played with two wooden balls, the mace and the cue, types of
cushions and chalk, and ivory and synthetic resin balls. From
the English Amateur Billiards Association.
The Business of Baseball
A great contribution for anyone who cares about the history of
baseball, this site includes key documents (contracts, court
cases, etc.), data (player salaries, league attendance,
franchise valuations, etc.), biographies, suggested readings,
interviews, and more.
50 Years of Dodger Baseball, 1958-2008
http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/history/50th/index.jsp Details about golden anniversary celebration in 2008 of move of
Dodgers baseball team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Features
history of the team's move, other articles, trivia, event
listings, video clips, opportunities for fan participation,
other material related to celebration. From the official Major
League Baseball website for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Rodney Fort's Sports Economics: Sports
http://www.rodneyfort.com/SportsData/BizFrame.htm Years of salary, attendance, and financial information for Major
League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the
National Football League, the National Hockey League, and
English and European football associations - organized by sport
(Rodney Fort, Professor, Program in Sport Management Division of
Kinesiology, University of Michigan).
The Fortunate 50
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/specials/fortunate50/ Profiles, compiled annually, of the 50 top-earning U.S.
athletes. The "figures include salary, bonuses, winnings,
endorsement money and appearance fees." Also includes a list of
the 20 top-earning athletes from outside the U.S., and
predictions of athletes who might make the top-50 list in the
future. From Sports Illustrated.
The History of Fitness
http://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/history.html Article on the history of physical fitness from primitive times
through the 20th century. Includes discussion of exercise and
fitness in ancient China, India, the ancient Near East, Greece
and Rome, Europe, and the U.S. The U.S. sections cover President
Theodore Roosevelt's physical fitness ideologies, physical
education in public schools, fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne, Dr.
Kenneth Cooper, and other exercise-related trends and people.
Written by exercise science professors.
Sports Business Institute (University of Southern
October 17, 2005 -- In recognition of the dramatic rise in the
popularity of sports-related businesses, the University of
Southern California's Marshall School of Business established
the Sports Business Institute, believed to be the nation's first
all-encompassing sports business center at a premier academic
institution; will provide a center for scholarly research and
executive education programs, as well as offer seminars and
symposiums for industry participants and stakeholders. A board
of advisors consisting of noted sports business leaders will
guide the Institute's strategic direction and activities.
Intended to be a depository of economic thinking on issues in
sport, and to a lesser extent, economics in general.