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Stickball, Death of a Street Culture

Like a modern Bruegel painting depicting kids in playful outdoor scenes, stickball was a familiar picture in America’s urban landscape during the mid-20th century. And like the Dutch painter's subjects, it all but disappeared.

The 1970 Boys from Brazil

In the land where soccer holds a special place between heaven and earth and the Gods are worshipped for their ball-handling skills, Brazilians were flying high in the sky following their victory at the 1970 World Cup.

Dashed Hopes for the Havana Sugar Kings

Pre-Castro Cuba had all the ripe conditions for a major league baseball franchise: tradition, talent, affiliations, and Latin America’s largest baseball stadium that was only 90 miles from U.S. shores.

As One Boxing Era Ends, Another Begins

Sitting ringside at Madison Square Garden (MSG) were boxing’s royalty, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ezzard Charles, and Jersey Joe Walcott.

Sailing Olympian, Mark Reynolds, on his Life-Long …

For Mark Reynolds, the ‘Stars’ have always been aligned. From a young age, the San Diego native was surrounded by sailing luminaries, soaking up invaluable tips that were as much about …

When Art Was an Olympic Event

Great athleticism can be seen as a form of art, but can art itself be classified as a sporting event? Maybe not with strength and endurance, but with beauty and inspiration.

MLB is Rattled by a Third League

For years, the NFL couldn’t shake off the AFL from nipping at its heels and the NBA couldn’t break the popularity of the ABA.

Small Colleges Discover the Golden Road

Since 1963, when Loyola University Chicago defeated the University of Cincinnati at the NCAA national championship, basketball has always been the great transformer for small colleges.

‘Columbia’ Captures the 1958 America's Cup

The year was 1958 and the America’s Cup held its first race in over 20 years, the longest gap between challenges in the history of the ocean-going competition.

A City, a College, and a Soccer Dynasty

St. Louis University (SLU) ruled college soccer from the late 1950s through the early 1970s, winning ten Division I titles, the most of any other school in that category.
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