Inspired by the success of the first modern marathon at the 1896 Olympic games, the Boston Athletic Association decided to stage their own race in April of 1897. Here’s how it went, and the winning time.
Before pro football player OJ Simpson was arrested and tried for the murder of his wife, he was one of America’s top celebrities. Companies paid him to be the face of their brand… which didn’t work out well in the long run.
BMX (bike moto-cross) started to get very popular around the end of the 1970s, and continued into the 1980s. The racing sport used bikes like these that had been reinforced to withstand bumps, dumps, and controlled turns.
The year 1977 was quite the momentous one for the Indianapolis 500 – in part because driver Janet Guthrie became the first woman to qualify for the great race. Find out more about her here.
Depending on how you count, between three and seven people died due to the very first Indianapolis motor car race back in 1909. Find out more here.
What’s the history of golf balls? The first ones were made of leather of untanned bull’s hide – but golf balls have changed a lot over the years. Here’s a look!
Keds vintage sneakers made their debut in 1916, and are still a widely-recognized brand more than a century later. Here’s a look back at some of their most popular footwear fashions from decades past!
Converse for the U.S. Olympic Basketball team (1968) Just because the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team will wear Converse basketball shoes, should you? Lightning-fast breaks …
Compared to the fitness gear we have today — when you can have gym-quality equipment even at home — a lot of the 1970s exercise
Remember these vintage above-ground pools – the kind that were big enough to actually swim in, but that you didn’t need to dig a big hole for?
Retro pool toys like these plastic inflatables made summer twice as fun when you could float and play and create pretend worlds right in the swimming pool!
Find out why vintage Iver Johnson safety revolvers were said to be safe – including a little demonstration with a hammer.
Penny-farthings, or high-wheel bicycles, were all the rage in the Victorian age. In fact, many preferred them over conventional bikes. Here’s why.
50 years ago, the coolest vintage banana seat bikes for kids also had bright colors, high handlebars and slick rear tires. Check ’em out here!
Bad News Bears, about a drunken ex-pitcher who transforms a bedraggled group of kids into a winning little-league baseball team, won raves for showing kids as real people.
In 1976, Bruce Jenner won the Olympic gold medal and the wildest cheers of the track-and-field competition. And his wife Chrystie was right there.
The death of Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne in the crash of TWA Flight 599 on March 31, 1931, resulted in more than just the death of the football legend and seven others – it was a pivotal moment in early airline and aviation safety.
See how the famously handsome football star Joe Namath used to pitch rocker-recliners and other easy chairs from La-Z-Boy… and the ads weren’t exactly subtle.
What were early motorcycles like? Check out 17 of the top models from 1909, plus see how popular they were at the huge Los Angeles motorcycle meet!
As you can see from these Vintage Coney Island photos & postcards, This beach area just outside New York City was one of the most popular resorts in the United States.
Everybody’s doing it. Swingers, congressmen, housewives, businessmen, engaged couples, secretaries and kids. They’re all out there jogging.
How did the Kentucky Derby get started? Now, the famous Louisville horse race is the first part of the American Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, but when it started, people didn’t know how important and iconic the Derby would eventually become. Here’s a look back at its history.
Being the heavyweight champion didn’t exclude Muhammad Ali from the draft during the height of the Vietnam War in 1967 – but it didn’t mean he was going to go willingly.
Los Angeles Dodgers star Sandy Koufax reflected on his life and career back in 1963: ‘Even today, it is hard for me to realize that I won the first and fourth games of the Series, along with 25 games during the regular season.’
There are so many recipes for appetizers to serve at game day football parties — but what about the main course? You can score with this old-fashioned football meatloaf, inspired by two vintage recipes!
In addition to being the first Indianapolis 500 winner in a rear-engined car, Jim Clark would go on to also win the Formula One World Championship that same year – the only driver to accomplish that feat.
The Hula Hoop fad had millions of children and adults shaking their hips to make the hoop spin. See what the craze was all about – and how to hoop!
You may never drive like golfer Jack Nicklaus off the tee. But you sure can on the road in the 1976 Grand Prix & the 1979 Pontiac Grand LeMans Safari station wagon.
In the 1800s, women had to get dressed up for everything, which is why these Victorian dresses for roller skating even exist. It’s hard to imagine rolling down a hill in a long gown.
What is Pickleball? Is it… (a) an hors d’ouevre on the sour side; (b) a Christmas tree ornament; (c) a delicatessen decoration; (d) none of the above. If you chose (d) give yourself a prize.
It’s incredible to see how awesome — in size, in design, in popularity — old-fashioned indoor swimming pools could be. Here, take a look at 10 gorgeous pools from days gone by!
Baseball pitcher Walter Johnson, affectionately known as The Big Train, had a fastball that topped out over 90mph, almost entirely unheard of speed in his era. Find out more about him here.
The 1942 Indianapolis 500 was canceled in December, 1941, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor — and by late 1942, all motor racing in
Though it is the youngest of professional golf’s four ‘major’ championships, The Masters always seems to be the one most steeped in tradition and cachet. Here’s how it all began.
Will baseball live? An article from 1893 Firmly believing in the future of baseball, I have no hesitancy in complying with the request made by
In the ’70s, pro golfer Jack Nicklaus and his wife helped advertise the new microwave ovens made by Magic Chef. Here’s a look.
In 1976, they said Goodbye red, white and blue ball. So long three-point field goal. The American Basketball Association is no more as 4 teams were accepted in the NBA merger.
This story appeared at the beginning of 1918, but by the time the year had closed out, Hobart “Hobie” Baker was dead — killed by
From 1960: Chevrolet and Plymouth showed its staying ability while Joe Lee Johnson proved a little good luck goes a long way as the long-awaited World 600 was run at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
No refund needed on Joe’s ‘guarantee’ Calls brilliant game, picks Colts apart on passes — Super star in Super Bowl by John G Griffin Miami, January
On the evening of December 9, 1977, a single punch altered the way the NBA regarded fighting forever.
Called “the most extraordinary thing that ever happened in American sports,” the streak began on May 15, 1941 when DiMaggio went 1-4 against Chicago White Sox hurler Eddie Smith.
While today’s players make multi-million dollar salaries and play in front of upwards of 15,000 fans a night, Chamberlain’s record-setting performance took place in front of 4,124 fans at the arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Whether you’re a devotee of these sporting clashes or merely resigned to this ritual of winter, “Bowl watching,” you can keep the fans at home content with imaginative and tasty snacks for Super Bowl
Boston team wins world’s championship Captures deciding game of series from Pittsburg Allows opposing batsmen but four safe hits — Beaneaters touch up Philippe at
Baseball is liberal to its hired men Babe’s Pin Money Babe Ruth gets a salary of $20,000 from the New York Yankees for his prowess
“Indy”500 discovers Mercury Cyclone GT! “Performance Car of the Year” Named Pace Car For Memorial Day 500 Indianapolis officials do not select their Pace Car
Schwinn Varsity 10-speed bike – 1972 Vintage Schwinn 10 speed bikes – Racer Varsity 1960 Vintage Free Spirit 10 speed bikes from 1973 1973 Murray
Rookie of the year: Phyllis George If Phyllis George had not managed to find her way from North Texas State University and the Miss America
Mickey Mantle baseball special: Free glove with purchase of cigars “Great glove, Son!” “You said it, Dad!” Rawlings “finest in the field” Full-leather lined — deep
Rival of National League American Association of Baseball Clubs comes into existence Philadelphia, Jan 30 – The American Association of Baseball Clubs was organized here
Sadly, silent film actor Wallace Reid didn’t get much of a chance to try to get an auto racing career going. Less than a year