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If baseball history is an extension of American history, then at its heart is the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, which dates back to the 1880s. more
In 1998, the Philadelphia Phillies named 87-year old Robert Cotter “Fan of the Century” and presented him with an autographed baseball of the entire team. It wasn’t that Cotter stood out as the club's most passionate fan, but more
As one of the oldest organized sports on the calendar, polo made its way to the American sporting landscape in the latter part of the 19th century. Originally a pursuit of the affluent elite, more
Despite the covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 United States Open tennis tournament is scheduled for August 31 to September 13 in New York. That is welcome news for Venus and Serena Williams, more
Award-winning journalist and author David Davis just released his latest book, “Wheels of Courage”, the story of the first wheelchair basketball teams that changed the perception and treatment of people with disability. more
Not many sports teams can fill up ten episodes of a documentary without running out of drama. But the story of the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty of the 1990s, as told by ESPN and Netflix more
Forty years ago, the intersection of sports and geopolitics came to a bizarre head. Faced with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, President Jimmy Carter more
In 1989, when Tracy Edwards made it known that she was entering the 32,000-mile Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-female yacht crew, she was ridiculed and dismissed more
It’s a jaw-dropping investment normally associated with the long-term vision and financial wizardry of a Warren Buffet. In 1973, George Steinbrenner led a group of investors to purchase the New York Yankees for $10 million. more
Shaul Ladany is a walking miracle, literally and figuratively. The 84-year old Israeli is a 2-time Olympian who survived both the Holocaust and the 1972 Munich massacre. more
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10 years ago

FOOTBALL November 26, 2010  Auburn beats Alabama 28-27 at the 75th Iron Bowl. In the largest comeback of the series’ history, the Auburn Tigers erase a 24-0 deficit in the 2nd quarter to overtake the Crimson Tide by a single point. Quarterback Cam Newton throws for 3 touchdown passes and rushes for a fourth TD to win the game. Over 100,000 spectators pack Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium that day to watch the famous rivalry, which was first played in 1893.

20 years ago

BOXING November 11, 2000  Lennox Lewis defeats David Tua in a unanimous decision to retain the WBC, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles. It was the 40th bout for the British-born fighter who entered the professional ring after winning the super-heavyweight belt at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Lewis retired in 2003 with a record of 41-2-1, having out-boxed the likes of Vitali Klitschko and Mike Tyson. His only career losses were to Hasim Rahman and Oliver McCall.

30 years ago

MOTOR RACING November 4, 1990  Ayrton Senna wins the Formula One Driver’s Championship despite falling short with gear box problems in the final race of the season at the Australian Grand Prix. It was the 2nd career victory for the Brazilian driver and the 3rd consecutive win for the constructor, McLaren-Honda. Senna would go on to claim the 1991 F1 driver’s podium as well, taking 7 of the 16 calendar races. Senna died in a crash in 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix.

40 years ago

BASEBALL November 3, 1980  Walter Haas becomes CEO of the Oakland Athletics baseball team after buying the franchise from Charles Finley for $13 million. Haas, the Chairman of Levis Strauss & Company, wanted to prevent the A’s from leaving the Bay area for another city. Finley had won the World Series three years in a row with the A’s- 1972, 1973, 1974- though, in 1980 he was ready to sell the club to investors who considered moving the A’s to another market.