Tag Archives: sports history

Backtracking 2013: The best of Sports History Files

TweetOn Monday, I wrote about the marvelous longform sportswriting that continues to proliferate on the Web, despite some crabbiness to the contrary.
Today I’m linking to posts I wrote in the past year about sports history, one of the foundations of this blog and something that will become a stronger focus here in the coming [...]

Midweek books: An early history of the NFL

TweetThe University of Nebraska Press is a treasure trove of terrific books about sports and sports history, and a new issue about the early days of pro football by Washington Times sports columnist Dan Daly looks to be a real treat.
In the “National Forgotten League: Entertaining Stories and Observations from Pro Football’s First Fifty Years,” [...]

Alex Karras, RIP: The passing of a true gladiator

TweetThe death of Alex Karras on Wednesday, just weeks after that of NFL Films impresario Steve Sabol, has those nostalgiac for the days of pro football’s past reflecting even more deeply on the state of the game as it is now.
ESPN.com’s Jeff MacGregor continues his exploration of the nature of football while remembering the legacy [...]

When women wouldn’t let girls get in the game

TweetTim Stevens of the Raleigh News & Observer pens a solid history of the absence of a North Carolina girls high school basketball state tournament until 1972, just before the passage of Title IX.
This ban was cemented by actions over time from the male-dominated state high school athletic association, state school board association and finally [...]