Tag Archives: sports

A True Tough Guy

The Post catches up with baseball legend Bob Cerv, the pitch-hitter who stepped up to the plate after having his jaw wired shut. ... More

My, How the Rules Have Changed

Think you’re tough? How long would you last in a college football game playing 1890′s rules? The first intercollegiate football game—played November 6, 1869, in which Rutgers beat Princeton, 6 to 4—bears little resemblance to a modern version of the game. ... More

Classic Covers: Are You Ready for Some Football?

What a face! Check out artist Alan Foster’s November 12, 1927, cover of the boy receiving instructions from a teammate. Judging from his expression, is he confused? Or has the teammate sent him on a suicide mission? The cover is the perfect kick off for our salute to football season. ... More

The Homely Hero

Everybody knows the Babe. The great Bambino comes up whenever fans discuss the baseball greats. Ruth was a natural—truly comfortable fielding, pitching, and (especially) hitting. His records are well-known, but his over-sized personality has been flattened over the decades. The quick glimpses we get of him today present an overweight, ungainly, crude yokel, extremely fond of beer, hot dogs, parties, and female companionship. The picture doesn’t do him justice. ... More

A Car for the Bricks

Published in the May 27, 1939 issue, short story author Richard Howells Watkins wins over the crowd in his depiction of a cocky racecar driver, Sparrow Earle, who only has eyes for the Indianapolis bricks. ... More
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The Kentucky Derby

From training to naming, the business of the “two most exciting minutes in sports” unfolds before our eyes as we delve into the archives for a look at this tradition. ... More

Playing Dirty

Before the days of performance-enhancing drugs, crafty pitchers were engaging in this less sophisticated form of cheating. ... More
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