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In the late 1960s, the Western world was a boiling political mess, filled with dissent, assassinations, and protests in the streets. Tennis politics were also undergoing colossal changes. Since the late 19th century, almost all tennis tournaments had been limited to amateurs. But top players trained hard and they needed to earn a living, more
Long before "Moneyball", the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics, there were the Dallas Cowboys under Tom Landry, Tex Schramm, and Gil Brandt. more
Surfing, skateboarding and wall climbing, lifestyle sports with a focus on youth appeal and gender equality, will make their debut at the 2020 Olympics more
On average, about 10 horses a week died on American racetracks in 2018, a rate which was 2 ½ to 5 times greater than that of the rest of the racing world. more
The world knows him as the track & field star who dispelled Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Olympics. But a year before the Summer Games were held in Berlin, more
Soccer violence on and off the field is universal like the game itself, but in 1969 the world’s most popular sport triggered an actual war between two countries. more
On a winter day in 1916, a group of golfers met in New York City to hear what Lewis Rodman Wanamaker, heir to the Wanamaker department store fortune, had to say about golf. more
Hosting its games at New York City’s prestigious Madison Square Garden (MSG), the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was historically a more glamorous basketball event than the NCAA's post-season tourney more
Long the domain of a small but dedicated group of muscle enthusiasts, bodybuilding burst into the mainstream in the late 1970’s more
Two decades before “Miracle On Ice” at Lake Placid swept the country into euphoria, an earlier generation of young amateurs more
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10 years ago

FOOTBALL October 19, 2009  New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, throws five touchdowns in the 2nd quarter against the Tennessee Titans. It was an NFL record for most TDs in a single period and the Patriots went on to crush their opponents 59-0. They wrapped up the season with a 10-6 record and ranked 3rd in the AFC. But going into the playoffs, they lost to the wild card Ravens 33-14.

20 years ago

BASKETBALL October 12, 1999  Former basketball star Wilt Chamberlain dies of heart failure at the age of 63. The 7’1” Chamberlain was a Harlem Globetrotter in the late 1950s before joining the NBA to play for the Warriors, 76ers, and Lakers. One of the greatest in the sport, he is the only player in NBA history to score 100 points in a single game.

30 years ago

BASEBALL October 17, 1989  An earthquake in San Francisco with a magnitude of 6.9 cancels the 3rd game of the World Series between the two local teams, Giants and the Athletics. The quake caused significant infrastructure damage, including a power outage at the stadium. The Series was resumed on October 27th and 28th with the A’s sweeping their opponents 4-0 to capture the national title.

40 years ago

HOCKEY October 14, 1979  Future ice hockey star, Wayne Gretsky, scores his first goal in the NHL. Gretsky put in 20 years with the league, playing with the Oilers (4 Stanley Cups), Kings, Blues, and Rangers. “The Great One” led the NHL with more regular season goals (894), assists (1,963), and points (2,857) than any other player. Upon retirement, he was inducted immediately into the NHL HoF.