Category Archives: sports history

Nathan Michael Corzine is an instructor in history at Coastal Carolina Community College. He recently answered some questions about his book Team Chemistry: The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball. Q: Are there any surprises when it comes to … Continue reading

In Figure Skating in the Formative Years, historian James R. Hines traces the sport’s long history from its earliest days to the mid-twentieth century, when women helped turn it into the cultural blockbuster that seizes the popular imagination whenever the … Continue reading

Consider the NCAA the only pure athletic sphere in our cash-on-the-barrel head culture? Or do you prefer to think of the NCAA as a cesspool built on a tripod of corruption, hypocrisy, and exploitation? The great thing about the fantastic new … Continue reading

Why does Sylvester Stallone wanna make more Rocky Movies? Because he can’t sing or dance. Also, Rocky movies usually strike money. (Not that everyone is a fan.) Creed, the most recent entry in the forty-year old (!) franchise, raked in plenty of … Continue reading

Late Friday, when all of our institutions bravely shunt their bad news out the door, ESPN announced that it would shutter its prestige site Grantland, effective immediately. Founded in 2011 by Bill Simmons, Grantland became a go-to home for longform … Continue reading

By the grace of the gods and the bulging forearms of Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs have advanced to the National League Championship Series, there to face the New York Mets. With tickets to a hypothetical World Series game at Wrigley … Continue reading

Tonight, the world courts apocalypse, as the Chicago Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League’s wild card game. A Cub victory would send the team into the next round of the playoffs and, in theory, give them an opportunity … Continue reading

September 22, 1927. The date of The Long Count, one of most memorable moments in the annals of pugilism. In this corner, the heavyweight champion of the world, Gene Tunney, the Fighting Marine. Opposing him: Jack Dempsey, the Manassa Mauler, … Continue reading

Baseball had been a popular pastime in Japanese American communities for years prior to World War Two. When the incarceration of people of Japanese descent finally ended, players and fans returned to their leagues, particularly in California and Hawaii. Japan, … Continue reading

Big contracts getting signed. Free agents wrangling with owners. Preseason games just over the horizon. Pro football, the most popular of all of America’s homegrown religious faiths, is revving up again. Last weekend, Brit immigrant John Oliver devoted a long segment of Last … Continue reading