October 14, 2019

Today in History: Amos Alonzo Stagg

Today in History–September 16–the Library of Congress features college football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, who announced his retirement at the age of 98 on this day in 1960. Stagg played football and baseball for Yale University before beginning his college coaching career, which included those two sports as well as basketball and track.  Visit the Today in History section to learn about the many football innovations devised by this University of Chicago coach, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jim Thorpe

Today in History–May 28–the Library of Congress features athlete Jim Thorpe, born on this day in 1888 in Indian Territory which is now Oklahoma. A double gold medalist (decathlon and pentathlon) at the 1912 Olympics and played baseball and football professionally. Learn more about the ups and downs of the man dubbed the "athlete of the century" by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Jim Thorpe. World-Class Athlete Jim Thorpe … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jackie Robinson

Today in History–October 11–the Library of Congress features baseball great Jackie Robinson, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the second game of the 1972 World Series game on this day. The game also featured a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of breaking the color line, which Jackson did in 1947 when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He finished that first season as baseball's Rookie of the Year, batting .297 and leading the National League with 29 stolen bases. Learn more … [Read more...]

Today in History: Great Chicago Fire

Today in History–October 8–the Library of Congress features the great Chicago fire, which began on this day in 1871. The fire took at least 300 lives, left nearly a third of the city's residents homeless, and leveled more than 18,000 structures (Encyclopedia of Chicago). Learn more about this fire and others that burnt on the same day in Michigan and Wisconsin by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more information and resources related to the Chicago … [Read more...]

Today in History: Satchel Paige

Today in History–July 7–the Library of Congress features Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, born on this day in 1906. Did you know that Paige was 69 years old when he pitched in his final game, shutting out all but one hitter in three innings? Learn more about this extraordinary baseball player by visiting the Today in History section, then check out these baseball teaching resources and primary source sets. Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige from America's Library Satchel Paige historical newspaper … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Baseball

For baseball fans, there's no more quintessential pastime then spending a delicious summer day at the park watching their favorite players slug it out. Some may say the delight at the ballpark depends on the final score of the favored team, but coming from a family of die-hard Chicago Cubs fans I can say that come what may, "Take me out to the ballpark!" Baseball ABC book Baseball books & articles Branch Rickey's scouting report on Don Drysdale 15 June 1954 Branch Rickey … [Read more...]

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Today in History: The Brewer & Baseball

Today in History–March 28–the Library of Congress features brewing magnate and baseball team owner August Anheuser Busch Jr., born on this day in 1899. As CEO of the Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Busch convinced the company board of directors to purchase the St. Louis Cardinals team, halting the team’s move to another city. Learn more about Busch and baseball by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below. August Anheuser Busch Jr. Was Born from America's … [Read more...]

Today in History: Rare Children’s Books

Today in History–March 13–the Library of Congress features rare children's books. Someone wrote "Enoch Brooks' Book, Princeton, March 13th, 1789" in permanent ink in a Library of Congress copy of a rare children's Bible: A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible published by Isaiah Thomas. Learn more about this early American printer and literature publisher by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a selection of the children's books available from the digitized … [Read more...]

Today in History: Connie Mack

Today in History–December 22–the Library of Congress features Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy, better known as Connie Mack, born on this date in 1862. This baseball hall of famer was a player, manager, and owner. Learn more about the "tall tactitian" and "grand old man of baseball" by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to see more of Mack and read the book about baseball he authored in 1903. Connie Mack images How to Play Baseball by Connie … [Read more...]