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Three years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s racial barrier, another athlete who was born into a family of southern sharecroppers cracked open the U.S. National Championships, more
Last year's hyper-promoted “Money Fight” between boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts specialist Conor McGregor sent echoes of a 41- year old forgotten bout. In 1976, legendary Muhammad Ali more
The most sparsely populated country in Europe has the highest number of Olympic medals per capita in the world. Finland boasts a summer Olympic medal for every 18,135 inhabitants. more
World War II was raging in the early 1940’s and as America's resources were being diverted overseas, baseball's greatest assets were no exception. more
They say the clock ticks faster with the passage of time and that's certainly been the case in the history of competitive running. more
Four years ago, Americans overtook the Scotts as the winningest nation at the British Open. It all began 92 years earlier with a steamship voyage across the ocean. more
Since its inception in 1903, the famed Tour de France bicycle chase completed over 2,000 stages in 103 race editions. Americans have won just a dozen of those starts and can only boast three Tour victories- all by a single rider. more
For the Brits, tradition is serious business and the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament, infused with history and etiquette, is no exception. more
10,000 athletes from 80 countries are set to converge in Israel and take part in the 20th quadrennial Maccabiah Games, one of the world’s largest sporting events. more
Like a modern Bruegel painting depicting kids in playful outdoor scenes, stickball was a familiar picture in America’s urban landscape for most of the 20th century. more
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10 years ago

MOTOR RACING July 20, 2008  Lewis Hamilton wins the German Grand Prix driving for McLaren-Mercedes. The victory was Hamilton’s second consecutive triumph after taking the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. At season’s end, the 23-year old would become the then youngest and only black racer in F1 history to win a championship title.

20 years ago

GOLF July 17, 1998  Mark O’Meara shoots a 280 to win the 127th British Open at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club. In a playoff against fellow American Brian Watts, O’Meara claimed his second major championship of the year after topping the Masters three months earlier. Those victories were the only major titles of his 34 professional wins.

30 years ago

HOCKEY July 16, 1988  In a lavish event dubbed by the Canadian press as the “Royal Wedding”, Wayne Gretsky weds actress Janet Jones; the couple would have 5 children. After 20 seasons in professional hockey, Gretsky wrapped up his career in 1999 playing for 4 teams and producing more goals and assists than any other player in NHL history.

40 years ago

BASEBALL  July 17, 1978  Yankee Manager Billy Martin and slugger Reggie Jackson clash at a Royals game after Jackson tried to bunt when he was told to hit away, causing Martin to suspend him. A week later, Martin himself would resign following 3 tumultuous years with the NY club, but the troubled and controversial manager would eventually return.