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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.

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... more
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A photo of Gerald McGee
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A photo of 3 Olympic skaters in the 1924 Olympics in France. They are Herma... more
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A photo of two of the players in the All-American Girls Professional Ball... more
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Taken in John Day, Grant County, OR in .
A photo of Horace Lucas and his high school football team in John Day, Grant,... more
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Taken in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA in .
A photo of "Indian Red" Lopez, Ernie, at the LA Gym training
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A photo of a Wilson or Dowling boy in football gear, California
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A photo of Karl Fredrik Albert Thommessen as a gymnast. Karl Thommessen is... more
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Taken in Hammond, Lake County, IN in .
Jimmy Clabby posing circa 1910-1915. Photo is captioned: "Jimmy Clabby... more
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Taken at Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY on .
Beautiful thoroughbred racehorse Paul Jones w/ jockey Ted Rice after winning... more
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A photo of Nancy Lena (Walker) Dyer
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Taken in Dalton, Sumner County, KS.
A photo of Joseph Randall of Dalton, KS - Born: December 8 1892
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The first winner of what became known as the Triple Crown - winner of the... more
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A photo of a polo player - from Suitcase in the attic
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A photo of Chris Mazdzer in 2010
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A photo of Chris Mazdzer. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, he won the Silver... more
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A photo of "Rocky Graziano" - Thomas Rocco Barbella
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Jets vs Raiders, 1968 - the last two minutes of the game, in which the... more
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Taken in Baltimore, MD in .
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A photo of Alberto G Cuen, Boxer in Los Angeles Ca who went from local to... more
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A photo of Wright Tharrett
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Taken at Colby tennis courts, Waterville, ME USA .
Silas B Dunklee at right, coach
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