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With pre-season football upon us, I yearn for the days, now buried deep in the scrapbook, when the beloved old man George Halas and the Bears more
In January, 1977, William “Slew” Hester, President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), was flying into LaGuardia Airport when he spotted the old, disused Singer Bowl under a blanket of snow. more
It's impossible to settle the question of who was the greatest athlete of all time, though it certainly makes for a lively and interesting debate. more
On a winter day in 1916, a group of golfers met in New York City to hear what Lewis Rodman Wanamaker, heir to the Wanamaker department store fortune, had to say about golf. more
A professional ball player turned international spy resonates like a best-selling novel, or a thriller out of a Hollywood script. But in the case of Moe Berg, it was the true tale more
The seeds were planted in 1946 when clan patriarch Joseph Kennedy, Sr. created a foundation to better the lives of the mentally disabled. more
Drinking Schlitz-loads of beer and hurling vinyl records like they were frisbees, tens of thousands of stadium goers showed up at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979 to witness a disco vinyl bonfire more
Scoring goals on the soccer pitch might be sexy but blocking incoming ball missiles takes raw machismo and nobody did it better than the Soviet Union’s Lev Yashin. more
In 2012, American cycling champ Lance Armstrong was stripped of his victories at the Tour de France, becoming the modern-day poster child of a sport hopelessly gripped by doping scandals. more
From the inaugural games in 1930 through the last championship in 2014, the World Cup has thrilled and dazzled us every four years. This booklet captures the highlights of each Cup and is packed with stimulating information. A fun and enjoyable read for all ages who want to learn about the teams more
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10 years ago

TENNIS June 12, 2009  Former German tennis star Boris Becker weds model Sharlely Kerssenberg in St. Moritz, Switzerland; the couple would separate in 2018. Turning professional in 1984, Becker won six grand slam singles- 2 Australian, 3 Wimbledon, 1 US Open- and retired 15 years later. At age 17, Becker was the youngest male at the time to claim a grand slam when he won Wimbledon in 1985.

20 years ago

SOCCER June 19, 1999  Team USA dispatches Denmark 3-0 at the opening round of the Women’s World Cup, which was held in the U.S. The ladies would go on to sweep Group A and defeat Germany at the quarterfinals, Brazil at the semifinals and China in penalties (5-4) for the World Cup title. With over 90,000 spectators in attendance at the Rose Bowl, it was the most watched event ever in women’s sports.

30 years ago

BASKETBALL June 13, 1989  The Detroit Pistons sweep the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 for their first NBA championship. The tournament was a rematch of the previous year’s series which saw the Lakers defeat the Pistons 4-3. Detroit’s Joe Dumars was named MVP for averaging 27.3 ppg. The Pistons would go on to wear the national crown again in 1990 after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 4-1.

40 years ago

GOLF June 17, 1979   Hale Irwin takes the U.S. Open, firing an even 284 and beating former champions Gary Player and Jerry Pate by two strokes. It was the second major victory for Irwin, who went on to win his third and last in 1990; all three majors were at the U.S. Open. Irwin turned professional in 1968 and is the all-time leader in the PGA Tour Champions (seniors > 50) with 45 wins, including 7 senior majors.