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Go through a list of vintage stadiums and you’ll find iconic names like Sportsman’s Park (St Louis), Shibe Park (Philly), Ebbets Field (Brooklyn), West Side Park (Chicago), etc. With the exception of a few structures, the old venues designated after team owners and city neighborhoods are long gone, buried in the rich heap of ball park history. more
The “Beautiful Game” turned ugly for the U.S. as a stunning loss to Trinidad & Tobago at the qualifiers sent the Americans packing without a ticket to next year’s World Cup. more
How do you keep a home-grown sports phenom from leaving his country for greener pastures? Turn him into a national treasure, legally. Forty years ago this month, soccer’s greatest player of all time retired after amassing a record more
A century before Colin Kaepernick knelt down in protest against racial injustice, boxing champ Jack Johnson was flouting the racism of his day by cavorting openly with white women. more
In the male-dominated world of thoroughbred racing, it was a woman who bred and raced the most accomplished horse in American history. Penny Chenery, who died last week at the age of 95, was the leading more
In case there is any doubt, the world of sports does answer to the laws of physics- for every winning streak, there is an equal and opposite losing streak buried somewhere in the league. more
Mother nature’s wrath will spare nothing and no one, not even championship games. Rain, fog, ice and blizzards are all part of life on the planet but their unwelcome arrival can transform more
Munich’s Olympic Park is set to unveil a new memorial this week honoring the 11 Israeli athletes massacred by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympic games. more
Three years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s racial barrier, another athlete who was born into a family of southern sharecroppers cracked open the U.S. National Championships, more
The hyper-promoted “Money Fight” between boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts specialist Conor McGregor sends echoes of a 41- year old forgotten bout. In 1976, legendary Muhammad Ali more
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10 years ago

RUGBY  October 20, 2007- South Africa defeat England 15-6 at the quadrennial Rugby World Cup, the sport’s premier international tournament. It was South Africa’s second championship since the competition event was introduced in 1987. New Zealand remain the all-time champions with three victories, including the inaugural games.

20 years ago

HOCKEY October 23, 1997- Les Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets, tries to buy the Edmonton Oilers for $89 million but is pushed back in a grassroots campaign. The U.S. lawyer-businessman and ex-bond trader could not promise to keep the hockey team in Alberta and was therefore rebuffed by Edmonton officials.

30 years ago

BASEBALL  October 25, 1987- The Minnesota Twins win their first World Series, defeating the St Louis Cardinals 4-3. At the time, they had managed the worst win-loss season record (85-77) of any franchise to eventually win the championship in the same year. The Twins were founded in 1924 in Washington, DC and originally known as the Washington Senators.

40 years ago

RUNNING  October 23, 1977- Bill Rodgers wins the second of his four New York Marathons, clocking 2:38:11. It was the Big Apple’s 8th annual race, which first got going in 1970 with only 127 runners and 100 spectators at the finish line. Rodgers also claimed four victories at the Boston Marathon, including three consecutive finishes.