All Sports

Baseball, basketball, boxing, soccer, football, hockey, golf, gymnastics, rugby, swimming, track, tennis . . . the kinds of sports we participate in are innumerable. These are photos of people playing sports over the past century and a half.
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No, we don't have photos of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC but since the invention of photography, sports activities have been popular subjects for photographers. Just look at the popularity of baseball and football cards! From horse races to football and baseball games to archery and swimming and golf and from professional adult teams to children's teams, the equipment and clothing may change but the joy of the people participating and those watching them remains the same.

Some fascinating facts about various sports:
  • The first baseballs had something like a walnut or a rock in the center for weight. Yarn or string was then wrapped around the center.
  • Olympic Gold medals aren't all - or even mostly - gold: they are at least 92.5% silver but must contain a minimum of 6 grams of gold.
  • In baseball, lending a bat to a fellow player is a serious jinx.
  • NFL referees also receive Super Bowl rings.
  • Despite running about three hours, actual playing time in a Major League Baseball game has been clocked at under 18 minutes.
  • In basketball, bouncing the ball before taking a foul shot is considered good luck.
  • Former 49er quarterback Steve Young is the great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the founder of Salt Lake City.

These photos are as much fun - and sometimes as surprising - as watching an entire game!

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A photo of James Naismith. He created the game of Basket Ball in 1891 at the age of 30 - using a soccer ball, two peach baskets, and 13 rules. A simple game that grew into a national sport.
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Nov 6, 1861 - Nov 28, 1939
Added Mar 28, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Gerald McGee
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1917 - Oct 9, 1991
Added Feb 24, 2017 by: PeterJ. Cobb
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A photo of 3 Olympic skaters in the 1924 Olympics in France. They are Herma Planck-Szabo of Hungary, Ethel Muckelt of Britain and Beatrix Loughran of the U.S.
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Added Feb 1, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of two of the players in the All-American Girls Professional Ball League (AAGPBL), created during World War 2.
Added Jun 17, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Horace Lucas and his high school football team in John Day, Grant, Oregon in the 1920s.
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A photo of the Hi-Y Champs 1945-46 Pitman, NJ. 1st row-Ken Reeves, Francis Cogan, Carroll Loughlin, Lynn Schoepske, Bud Ross 2nd row- Melvin Luce, Bob Ducat, Jim Walker, Bob Adams, Ric Cancglin, Norman Cancglin.
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Oct 17, 1928 - Unknown
A photo of "Indian Red" Lopez, Ernie, at the LA Gym training
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of a Wilson or Dowling boy in football gear, California
Added May 30, 2015 by: Brenda Wagner
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A photo of Karl Fredrik Albert Thommessen as a gymnast. Karl Thommessen is the one sitting to the right in the picture. Unfortunately I do not know who the others are.
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Nov 22, 1898 - Jan 12, 1992
Added Apr 20, 2015 by: Randi Thommessen
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Jimmy Clabby posing circa 1910-1915. Photo is captioned: "Jimmy Clabby Welterweight Champion."
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Jul 14, 1890 - Jan 19, 1934
Added Dec 31, 2014 by: James Clabby
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Beautiful thoroughbred racehorse Paul Jones w/ jockey Ted Rice after winning the 46th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in 1920. The winner received a purse of $30,375. Tomorrow at the 140th running, it's estimated that the winner will receive approx $1.2 million.
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Unknown - Oct 6, 1923
Added May 2, 2014 by: Daniel Pinna
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The 1963 Hauppauge High School Wrestling Team photo that appeared in the Hauppauge yearbook. It reads: Tournament Medal Winners - Standing: W. Drechsler, G. Gruss, Mr. Olson, G. Adams, K. Tambasco Kneeling: B. Page, L. Staudenbaur, A. Valerio Not pictured; R. Antokol.
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Jan 2, 1945 - Jan 22, 2001
Anthony "Tony" Robert Bobulinksi wrestling for the Kempsville High School in 1989. The caption reads: Starting the period off right, Tony Bobulinski attempts to take his opponent to the mat.
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Jul 28, 1972 - Unknown
The 1987 Kempsville Junior High School Wrestling Team includes the following: Wrestling: Row 1: Tony Bobulinski, Steve McSweeney, Carlo Veloso, John Douglas, Jason Freedman, Nick Durney, Bill Bartolomea, Chris Fussel. Row 2: Alan Orts, Brian Fanning, Chris Shults, Tony Griffin, Charles Daniels, Chris Thomas, Eric Spence, coach - Tim Spruill.
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Jul 28, 1972 - Unknown
The 1991 photo of Ely Dixon Sledge Jr which reads (4-23-72) Class Officer (Soph & Jr. V. Pres), Student Council, Beta Club, FCA, Football, Basketball, Track.
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Sep 23, 1972 - Unknown
The 1996 Iowa Park high School Boys Freshman Basketball Team. Back row (left to right): Coach Jeff Standard, Thomas Brake, Bobbi Rolland, Clayton Sales, John Thomas, Travis Cline, Mitchell Spruiell Middle row: Johnny Bosley, Brian Miller, Aron McGuin, Josh Arringtom, Tommy Duerson, Chad Davis Front row: Justin Denton, Dustin Hicks, Brain Lions, Ross Dillars, Jonny Dillard.
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Nov 27, 1980 - Oct 20, 2000
The 1995 Freshman Cheerleaders squad at Martins Ferry High School in Ohio. Front Row: Michelle DeGasperis. Middle Row: Staci Holler, Mandi Papp. Back Row: Brooke McFarland, Julie Wells, and Heidi Bazar.
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Nov 15, 1979 - Mar 22, 1996
The 1996 Reserve Cheerleaders for Martins Ferry High School. Stacy Holler, Heidi Bazaar, Michelle DeGasperis, Mandy Papp, and in the back Neely Barr & Julie Wells.
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Nov 15, 1979 - Mar 22, 1996
The 1977 Pomona High School Golf team which includes: Back Row: Coach Ed King, Bob Woessner, Jeff Potts, Greg Fagan, John Evanyo, Steve Ramirez, Brian Bracken, Troy Gardner. Middle Row: Kirk Mueldener, Randy Lane, Bill Scherer, Scott Gibson, Bill McKendry, Steve Robinson, Dan Marcantonio. Front Row: David Igata, Dave Schneider, Eric Arnbrecht, John Hagen, Mark Schneider, Bryan Formby
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Jun 8, 1961 - Jul 6, 1997
Some of the members have been identified. The ball boy sitting is Virgil Lewallen. His father, the coach is the first man on the left, Red Lewallen. Third from left is Sid Blair. Fourth from left is Elmer Ellis. Eighth from left is Roe Sherrill. Ninth form left is Jack Charles Ingram. Twelfth from left is Pat Martin. Thirteenth from left is Herb Harris.
1983 Freeport High School Girls' Junior Varsity Basketball team. Front row: Shirley Harkins, Joann Reilly, Christine Bivona, Anna Rodriguez, Nancy McManus, Fayette Reid. Second row: Kathy Tiedemann, Melissa Harris, Rolanda Jones, Vanessa Cook, Vikki Price, Sharon Cole, Sherrie Soloman.
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Jan 26, 1968 - Nov 9, 1998
1963 Sir Francis Drake High School track yearbook photo. Dean Lazzarini is the fifth from the left.
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Dec 4, 1947 - May 27, 2011
The 1980 Abington Heights High School Boys Tennis Team. Front (left to right): Eric Conrad, Matt Keever, Eric Axford, Dave Beemer, Doug Keever, Bill Dine. Back (left to right): Coach Thomas Brogan, Mike Nosal, Drew Taylor, Harry Hollenburg, Eric Spatt, and Tyler Morgan.
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Sep 12, 1963 - Sep 7, 2006
A photo of Flora (Carroll) Fields: Rexie, Jeppie Roy, Baxter, Flora, Max
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1875 - Unknown
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Found photo. I believe it was a team from Salem, Oregon.
Added May 12, 2020 by: Kat Schwartz
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This is a photo of Mum Coached by Ted Whitten added by Kenny Kalajdic on April 7, 2020.
Added Apr 7, 2020 by: Kenny Kalajdic
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A photo of Jim Thorpe
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May 22, 1887 - Mar 28, 1953
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A portrait of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson by Arthur K. Miller.
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Jan 31, 1919 - Oct 24, 1972
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A photo of Allen Tsukasa Masuda
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Oct 12, 1943 - Jan 3, 1975
Added May 12, 2019 by: Raynice Messier
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Horse race meeting at Mineral Banks, Upper Ringarooma Distrct
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1853 - 1899
Added Apr 22, 2019 by: Alan Curtis
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Self-portrait of Charles Elliott Gill with rifle and dog in a wooded area. Going hunting Missouri, 1900 -- 1910
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Mar 29, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
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Boy back from hunting. A boy in a cap, double-breasted jacket, pants rolled at the knee, long socks and short boots holds a dead racoon by its back feet in each hand. Missouri -- Dent County 1900 -- 1910
Added Mar 23, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
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A photo of Joseph Randall of Dalton, KS - Born: December 8 1892
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Dec 8, 1892 - Unknown
Added Jul 5, 2018 by: Andy Scott
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The first winner of what became known as the Triple Crown - winner of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont stakes - Sir Barton was bred in Kentucky. Ridden by jockey Johnny Loftus and owned by J. K. L. Ross, Sir Barton won all three races in the space of only 32 days (and there was another race, the Withers Stakes during that time as well!). In the first two races, he led the whole way. In the Belmont, he set a course record. He was retroactively named the 1919 Horse of the Year. He was retired to stud in 1921 and died of colic in 1937 at a ranch in Wyoming at the age of 21.
Added Jun 9, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of James Francis Thorpe on the Canton Bulldogs football team, circa 1915
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May 22, 1887 - Mar 28, 1953
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A photo of James Francis Thorpe
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May 22, 1887 - Mar 28, 1953
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A photo of Steven Wayne Golowski
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Feb 11, 1951 - Jan 20, 2009
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A photo of a polo player - from Suitcase in the attic
Added Mar 3, 2018 by: Jon Henderson
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A photo of Chris Mazdzer in 2010 - American luger
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Jun 26, 1988 - Unknown
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A photo of Chris Mazdzer. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, he won the Silver Medal for the United States in the luge event. This was the first medal in the singles luge for the United States.
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Jun 26, 1988 - Unknown
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A photo of "Rocky Graziano" and old buddy Jake winking for the press.
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Jan 1, 1919 - May 22, 1990
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A photo of "Rocky Graziano"
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Jan 1, 1919 - May 22, 1990
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A photo of "Rocky Graziano" - Thomas Rocco Barbella
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Jan 1, 1919 - May 22, 1990
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A photo of Arthur Ashe and Gerald Ford
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Jul 14, 1913 - Dec 26, 2006
Added Jan 23, 2018 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Arthur Ashe
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Jul 10, 1943 - Feb 6, 1993
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A photo of Arthur Ashe
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Jul 10, 1943 - Feb 6, 1993
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Jets vs Raiders, 1968 - the last two minutes of the game, in which the Raiders came from behind to win, weren't shown. The network cut in to show a remake of the movie "Heidi." A huge uproar ensued.
Added Jan 17, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
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Found this photo on a collage in Antique Bookstore Old Ellicott City, Maryland near train depot car. Eddie was born 1910 in Tennessee. One of the clippings mentions an event in East Baltimore.
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1910 - Unknown
Added Dec 4, 2017 by: Suzanne Farabaugh
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A photo of Alberto G Cuen, Boxer in Los Angeles Ca who went from local to state and lost by decision. Moved to Delano Ca there after
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Sep 28, 1908 - Jun 24, 1997
Added Nov 6, 2017 by: Jesse Cuen
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A photo of Wright Tharrett
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Sep 30, 1910 - May 1984
Added Nov 5, 2017 by: Jeff Altermatt
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Silas B Dunklee at right, coach
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Nov 22, 1923 - Aug 21, 1993
Added Oct 14, 2017 by: Bill Aldran
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