Category Archives: Sports

Sports-related items of historical signifigance

The New England Patriots are born

The year was 1959 and Billy Sullivan, a Boston business man, was awarded a franchise for an AFL football team.  Billy Sullivan was actually a sports writer after college and was heavily involved in sports his whole life so a … Continue reading

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Green Bay “packs” in the history

Earl “Curly” Lambeau played football in high school and later worked as a shipping clerk for a company called the Indian Packing Company.  Together with another high school football player, George Calhoun,they solicited the packing company to give them funds to start … Continue reading

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Washington Redskins get their start

The Redskins as most people know them weren’t always as we’ve known them.  They began in 1932 as the Boston Braves.  After moving their home field play to Fenway they then took the name Boston Redskins which stuck until 1936.  … Continue reading

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Cowboy up! Dallas gets a football team.

The year was 1960 when the Dallas Cowboys were born.  It was supposed to be a simple process of applying for and getting an expansion team since there were no NFL teams south of Washington, DC at the time.  It … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Steelers: A storied past

Certainly one of the oldest and winningest teams in NFL history the Pittsburgh Steelers had a pretty rough start.  In 1933 Art Rooney, a talented athlete (and future talented businessman) was granted an NFL franchise for the team that would … Continue reading

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Adidas: A shoe company is born

He began by making sports shoes in his mother’s laundry room in Southern Germany.  His name was Adolf  Dassler (his first name shortened to “Adi”) and he was later joined by his brother Rudolf (or Rudi”).  The two made shoes … Continue reading

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Golf gets its Start

Originating in Scotland in the late 1400’s the modern version of the game we now know as golf began in an area of Scotland known as Fife. Fife is, not surprisingly, where St. Andrews golf course is located and is … Continue reading

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Southpaw: Get this lefty term right

Approximately 10% of the human population is determined to be left-handed and as a result they often get special names for their handedness. The term “southpaw” was first used in baseball to refer primarily to pitchers. Traditionally, when baseball diamonds … Continue reading

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