Multiple resources on the history of sports from early BC to the present.
Sports history includes football history, basketball history, baseball history, ice hockey history, golf history, boxing history, triathlon, horseracing, soccer, and the Olympics. Sports history is an intriguing topic with interests for every age group, male and female. Sports history takes us through all types of cultures and geographical regions.
A Brief History of the Game of Golf
Auto Racing History - Features types of auto racing, famous automobile races, and regulatory bodies. The race most popularly associated with the sport of auto racing is the Indianapolis 500, so called because contestants must cover 500 mi (about 805 km); it has been held annually on Memorial Day since 1911. With crowds averaging 400,000, the Indianapolis 500 auto racing event is the best-attended sports event in the U.S.
Baseball History - Baseball is a competitive athletic game of skill played with a hard ball and a bat by two opposing nine-player teams, widely regarded as the American national sport. Among the earliest games to be played professionally in the U.S., baseball is also the most popular; it daily attracts crowds of fans to parks and stadiums where it is played, is followed by millions more over radio and television, and is reported extensively in almost every newspaper in the country.
Basketball History - Basketball is an athletic sport, usually played on an indoor court in which two competing teams of five players each attempt to score points by throwing an inflated ball so that it descends through one of two baskets suspended, at each end of the court, above their heads. The team scoring the most points by such throws, either field goals or foul shots, wins the game. Because of its continuous action and frequent scoring, basketball ranks among the world’s most popular spectator and participant sports.
College Football Hall of Fame
Croquet History - Romans played Paganica in early BC where they walked across fields and hit a small leather ball with a curved stick and aimed to strike certain trees. The winner was the person who hit all the trees in the fewest possible strokes. This sport developed in two ways. In country areas where there was adequate space, courses were laid out and the target became a hole. Thus the game of golf evolved. In towns where space was limited, the game of Paille-Maille (ball-mallet) became popular. In this game, a box-wood ball, a foot in circumference, was played down an alley, passing through a number of arches or hoops on the way. The winner was the person achieving this in the fewest hits.
Double Switch - Read original articles that cover 100 years of the history of baseball. Look back at 99 years of baseball history, and ahead with Player Previews for the current season. Over 500 pages of information.
Football History - American football is a type of football that developed in the U.S. in the 19th century from association football, or soccer, and Rugby football. Played by professionals and amateurs, football is one of the most popular American sports. Organized football is played from late summer, throughout autumn, and into January. Generally, all teams play one football game each week, with an occasional week off, using the time between games to prepare for the next game.
Golf History - Golf is an outdoor game for one or more players, each of whom uses specially designed clubs to propel a small, hard ball over a field of play known as a course or links. The object of the game is to sink the ball in each of 18 holes, using as few strokes as possible. The rules of play are numerous and complex and include a code of etiquette for behavior on the course.
Hockey Research Association - preserving and promoting hockey history and statistics through responsible and accurate research.
Ice Hockey - Ice hockey is a form of hockey played on a frozen surface in which two opposing teams wearing ice skates attempt to drive a puck through the opponent’s goal using curved sticks. An extremely rough, action-packed game, ice hockey is considered the fastest-paced team sport.
International Boxing Hall of Fame
Olympic History - Olympic games includes international athletic competition comprising two separate 4-year cycles, the summer Olympics and the winter Olympics. The two cycles alternate in even-numbered years to give the world an Olympic spectacle every two years.
Olympics Through Time - The evolution of the Olympics from Prehistory and Antiquity up to their modern revival in 1896. Detailed information about all the winners in Antiquity and a VRML representation of the temple of Zeus at Olympia.
Olympic Winter Games: History - official sites of the International Olympic Committee
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Soccer History - Soccer is a name commonly given in North America to a form of football in which members of two opposing teams use their feet, heads, and bodies in attempting to advance a spherical ball into the opponent’s goal. It is the most widely played team game in the world and the most popular spectator sport, followed avidly by hundreds of millions of fans. Originally called association football (the name soccer is a corruption of the word assoc, derived in turn from association), soccer is distinguished from American or Canadian football and from Rugby in that it is primarily played with the feet. Soccer also differs from these other games in that it does not have complex and detailed rules. The action is almost constant; with few stoppages of play, players must improvise tactics as play proceeds, constantly shifting positions to receive or intercept passes.
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
The History of Horse Racing
Thoroughbred Racing - history of the horse in sport.