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. The retail tycoon proposed to establish an association of professional golfers and an annual tournament, setting the foundation for one
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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 …Read more
The seeds were planted in 1946 when clan patriarch Joseph Kennedy, Sr. created a foundation to better the lives of the mentally disabled. …Read 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 …Read more
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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 …Read more
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OLYMPICS August 8, 2008 The 29th Olympics open in Beijing, China with nearly 11,000 athletes competing in 28 different sports. It was the most watched sporting event in history with 2/3 of the world’s population tuning in. The U.S. took home the most medals at 112. Though, the host surpassed the U.S. in the gold count: 48 versus 36.
BASEBALL August 9, 1998 Atlanta Braves’ Dennis Martinez sets a record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-5. Nicknamed “El Presidente”, Martinez was the first Nicaraguan to play in the majors. Starting with the Baltimore Orioles in 1976, he retired after 23 seasons playing for 5 teams with a win/loss record of 245/193.
SWIMMING August 10, 1988 Matt Biondi brakes a world record at the U.S. Olympic Trials, swimming the 100m freestyle in 48.42 secs. A month later at the Games in Seoul, Biondi would take gold in the same event and set a new Olympic record of 48.63. Competing in 3 Olympiads, the American aqua-champ retired with 11 medals (8 gold).
GOLF August 6, 1978 John Mahaffey recovers to win the PGA Championship in a playoff shootout against Tom Watson and Jerry Pate. It was the best come-back performance in PGA history after he trailed Watson by seven strokes with 14 holes to go. It was Mahaffey’s only major victory of his career, which included 15 professional wins.