history lessons

Throwback Thursday

Blackout At Home: When The Lights Went Out At Shea Stadium In 1977

40 years ago Thursday, the lights went out in New York and the city was plunged into 25 hours of chaos. Here's what that was like at Shea Stadium.
Patrick Sauer
Throwback Thursday

That Time Michael Jordan Allegedly Ran Up a Million-Dollar Golf Debt

Just before the 1993 NBA Finals, one of Jordan's golf buddies published "Michael & Me: Our Gambling Addiction...My Cry For Help!" The book is forgotten, but its lesson is not.
David Roth
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An Incomplete List Of Basketball Things From The Last Century Worse Than LaVar Ball

A Nike exec said Ball is "The worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years." Let's take a look at the tape.
Aaron Gordon
march madness

Those Oversized Disembodied Heads at College Basketball Games: A Life Story

The oversized heads that fans wave around behind baskets during college basketball games were once one of fandom's great ideas. Now they're just part of the landscape.
David Roth
honkbal supreme

Two Extremely Tall Guys Made Baseball History In The World Baseball Classic

At the end of an insignificant game, in the middle of the night, Dutch pitcher Loek Van Mil and Team Israel first baseman Nate Freiman made history. Probably.
David Roth

Rest In Peace To Ralph Branca, Whose Life Was Bigger Than One Pitch

Ralph Branca was a fine pitcher who threw the pitch that became "The Shot Heard 'Round The World." What defined his life was what came after all that.
Steven Goldman
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Kyle Schwarber, And The Large Adult Sons Of October: David Roth's Weak In Review

Baseball lives in its history like no other sport. In this World Series, that history is more present than ever.
David Roth
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Ball Four, You're Out: How A Classic Baseball Book Became A Failed Baseball Sitcom

Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" still stands as the best, funniest, most revealing baseball memoir ever written. It was also a short-lived CBS sitcom, and a bad one.
Dan Epstein

Barry Windham and the Disappearing Cowboy Wrestler

Wrestling has always leaned on archetypes, but the country-strong badass that Barry Windham embodied in the 1980s and 90s has mostly vanished. It's a shame.
Ian Williams

Forgotten Man: Bobby McDermott And The Rise Of Pro Basketball

No player did more to build pro basketball in the 1930's and '40s than Bobby McDermott, a brawling, hard-drinking scorer from Queens. How did he get forgotten?
Jeff Katz
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​Nazis, Thieves, and a Dog Named Pickles: The Unsolved Mystery of the First World Cup Trophy

In 1930, FIFA President Jules Rimet commissioned a trophy for the first World Cup. Since then it has been stolen, hidden, hunted, and lost. If it even still exists.
Keph Senett
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​What Happened to Nutmeg Mills? The Forgotten Story of a Sports Apparel Pioneer

In the 1990s, Nutmeg Mills redefined gaudy NBA T-shirts and the broader sports apparel business. Then NAFTA happened.
David Tanklefsky & Nathan Rothstein