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For Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States who served from 1929-1932, nothing compared to being at the ballpark. His record of sitting behind the diamond more
Fifty years ago, George Blanda, playing for the Oakland Raiders, began a remarkable 5-game run that professional football players today could only imagine. more
Forty years ago, on September 27, 1980, Marvelous Hagler began his reign as the undisputed Middleweight boxing champion of the world. At London’s Wembley Arena, in front of a beer-fueled raucous crowd more
In the early 1970s, the New York Cosmos were an unremarkable, semi-professional soccer club playing a game that most Americans never cared for. Within a few years, the team became the hottest more
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
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10 years ago

HORSE RACING May 7, 2011  Animal Kingdom, drawing 21/1 odds at post time, wins the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, clearing the finish line in 2:02:04. With John Velazquez aboard, the chestnut-colored thoroughbred was in 10th position going into the final turn when he broke out to move 4 wide, advanced to 5th place at the mile pole, and completed the race 2¾ lengths ahead of second place, Nehro. Two weeks later, Animal Kingdom came in second at the Preakness, but was out of the money at Belmont.

20 years ago

SOCCER May 23, 2001  Bayern Munich defeat Valencia in penalties at the UEFA Champions League Final. With a 1-1 score at the end of official time, the match went into penalty kicks where the Germans prevailed 5-4. It was the 4th overall victory for Bayern and first in a quarter-century at the annual Champions League tournament. For Valencia, it was their second consecutive trip to the Final, having lost to Real Madrid a year earlier. German goalie Oliver Kahn received the ‘Man of the Match’ award.

30 years ago

BASKETBALL May 20, 1991  Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls is named the NBA’s MVP. It was the second of what would be 5 total league MVP designations for the hoops superstar. A 14x NBA All-Star, Jordan’s numerous accolades include 6 NBA Championships and 5 NBA Finals MVP awards. Playing the majority of his career with the Chicago Bulls from 1984-1993 and 1995-1998, the basketball prodigy posted career statistics of: 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 5.3 apg.

40 years ago

TENNIS May 1, 1981  Billy Jean King becomes the first prominent sportswoman to come out with her sexuality, acknowledging a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett. Winner of 12 grand slam singles titles, King is regarded as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. Throughout her career, the California native fought for gender equality and was a founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2006, the USTA National Tennis Center in NYC was renamed after her.