"Pumping Iron" Goes Mainstream

March 17, 2019

Long the domain of a small but dedicated group of muscle enthusiasts, bodybuilding burst into the mainstream in the late 1970’s as part of the fitness craze that swept the country. One of the catalysts for its explosion was the 1977 release of “Pumping Iron”, a docudrama that featured an Austrian immigrant and a group of body-sculpting devotees.

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A Tragic End For The Golden Age Of U.S. Figure Skating

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The Wreck & Brawl That Put NASCAR On The Map

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Blocking Shots & Standing Tall For Human Rights

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An Iconic Photo That Belies The Real Story

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Mosconi & Fats, The Great Pool Shoot-Out

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Two Brothers, Two Sneakers, And A Global Battle For Footwear

A little more than seventy years ago, German brothers Adolf Dassler and Rudolf Dassler parted ways in a bitter sibling quarrel. …

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10 years ago

AUTO RACING March 29, 2009  Jenson Button wins the Australian Grand Prix, the inaugural chase of the 2009 Formula One season. Driving for the Brawn GP team, the British racer would lead in 5 more races to claim his only F1 Championship at the end of the year. Ranked 18th on the list of Grand Prix winners, Button has 15 victories to his name.

20 years ago

BASEBALL March 25, 1999  Cal Ripken, Sr. dies of lung cancer at 63. Spending 36 years with the Baltimore Orioles organization, Ripken served as player, scout, coach and manager. His commitment to the club’s tradition of excellence became known as “The Oriole Way”. His 19x All-Star son, Cal Ripken, Jr., spent 20 years with the same team.

30 years ago

YACHT RACING March 28, 1989  A NY court declares that the San Diego Yacht Club had beaten New Zealand’s Mercury Bay Boating Club unfairly at the America’s Cup by racing a double-hull instead of a mono-hull. The ruling is reversed on appeal, stating that the Deed of Gift which governs the race does not limit design, or stipulate the number of hulls.

40 years ago

BASKETBALL March 26, 1979  Michigan State defeats Indiana State 75-64 at the NCAA Division I Championship. Spartans’ Magic Johnson went up against the Sycamores’ Larry Bird for the first time, marking the beginning of a rivalry that would take them through their NBA careers. While Indiana lost, they entered the game undefeated (33-0).