About Sports History Weekly
Sports History Weekly provides timeless articles that are stored in our archives. Our mission is three-fold:
1) engage readers with sports history articles that are insightful, enlightening and enriching
2) provide a platform for professors, authors and journalists to promote their books and articles.
3) promote our quarterly print magazine, which makes a wonderful addition to libraries, offices, and private homes.
We purposely avoid the flashy graphics, or streaming videos found in most internet sites so we can concentrate on the substance of yester-year's sports stories. Each article is well researched and written in rich, concise language that packs stimulating and engaging highlights.
Our unique site also offers readers a weekly sports puzzle. They can be downloaded and shared with family, friends and school sports teams. So, go ahead and pick a story or a sports puzzle, and enjoy!
We urge readers to subscribe to our quarterly print publication "Sports History Magazine" for a wonderful addition to the home, office, or library.
All of us at Gilbert Sports Publishing, Inc.
AUTO RACING May 24, 2009 Brazil’s Helio Castroneves wins the 93rd edition of the Indianapolis 500, becoming the first foreign-born driver to claim the famed chase three times (2001, 2002). Starting out from pole position in car #3, Castroneves clocked the 200-lap race in 3:19:35. Placing 2nd at the 500 in 2003, 2014 and 2017, Castrovenes is regarded as the best driver who never won an IndyCar Series championship.
RUNNING May 18, 1999 American running champion Betty Robinson dies at the age of 87. The Riverdale, Illinois native was the first female to win gold at the 100m sprint when the race was introduced to women at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. She went on to claim gold again in the 4 x 100m relay at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin after the heavily favored Germans, who were leading, dropped the baton.
HORSE RACING May 20, 1989 Pat Valenzuela wins the Preakness Stakes aboard Sunday Silence, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:538 and edging out rival Easy Goer by just a nose. Both jockey and horse had won the Kentucky Derby earlier, but would miss out on a Triple Crown three weeks later at the Belmont Stakes after trailing Easy Goer by eight lengths.
BASEBALL May 16, 1979 The NL approves the sale of the Houston Astros by the Ford Motor Company (Credit) to John McMullen. The team would sign up pitcher Nolan Ryan, baseball’s first $1 million contract, and go on to reach the playoffs the following year for the first time in franchise history. Founded as the Houston Colt .45’s, the Astros were renamed in 1965 as a reference to the nation’s space center.