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The bygone Soviet era of the 1950’s & 60’s produced the most successful Olympian in modern history, that is until Michael Phelps touched the swimming pool wall at the 2012 London games to win his 19th medal.  more
1980's and 90's Colombia was ravaged by an endless cycle of narco-violence, yet in the midst of this deadly scourge soccer thrived and enjoyed a golden era.  The unlikely catalyst- laundered drug money that... more
The late communist dictator who threw political curve balls on the world stage for 50 years mixed baseball and revolution like a mojito cocktail.  Historically, baseball was ingrained into the Cuban soul like music, rum and  tropical breezes.  more
46 years ago this month, the deadliest aviation accident in U.S. sporting history wiped out the entire Marshall University football team.  Thirty seven players and 9 members of the coaching staff were killed on their way back...  more
Great athleticism can be seen as a form of art, but can art itself be regarded as a sporting event ?  Maybe not with strength and endurance, but with style and beauty.  Between 1912 and 1948 seven Olympiads incorporated art...  more
The connection between U.S. Presidents and football goes back to the early years of the 20th Century.  In 1904, the ruffian and violent sport of the day saw 18 deaths, spurring calls for a ban on the game.  more
A shoe-less African running through the streets of Rome resembled a scene closer to the time of slaves and gladiators   than  the modern,  espresso-sipping day of Italy.  But spectators who lined up to watch the marathon race... more
The oldest of the four Major golf championships goes back to 1860, but it wasn't until after WWI that American golfers would make their mark on the British isles.  In 1921, "Golf Illustrated" magazine helped raise a fund  to...  more
World War II was raging and as America's resources were being diverted overseas, baseball's greatest assets   were no exception. Celebrated sluggers like  Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Hank Greenberg  were just...  more
The country that invented, codified and spread the most popular sport  in the world surprisingly has only one World Cup victory. The year was 1966 and John Lennon infamously proclaimed that the Beatles have now become... more
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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).