50 Years Ago the Royals Helped Kansas City Redefine Itself

By Andrew McGregor It wasn’t a strike, but the crowd didn’t mind. The 17,688 in attendance on that gray, cloudy Tuesday afternoon could not contain their enthusiasm. As the ball sailed towards home plate, they stood and roared. Senator Stuart Symington had delivered on his promise, and now, with his first pitch, baseball had officially…

Review of The Olympics and the Cold War

Redihan, Erin Elizabeth. The Olympics and the Cold War, 1948-1968: Sport as Battleground in the U.S.-Soviet Rivalry. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2017. Pp. vii + 264. 16 unnumbered pages of plates and index. $35.00 hardcover, $3.99 e-book. Reviewed by Tony Calandrillo In The Olympics and the Cold War, 1948-1968: Sport as Battleground in the…

Sport and Society–Winter Olympics Part 4

Editor’s Note: “Sport in American History” is excited to cross-post Richard C. Crepeau’s “Sport and Society” column. This post was originally published on February 27, 2018. A full archive of his Crepeau’s columns can be found by clicking here. By Richard C. Crepeau Looking back over the Winter Olympics several events stand out and various aspects of the NBC…

Hillbilly Jim: A “Dumb Hick” or a “Country Boy”

By Josh Howard This past week, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced their next inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame – Hillbilly Jim, a 1980s and early 1990s television mainstay that most fans, judging from Reddit and Twitter reactions, thought had been inducted years ago. Needless to say, Jim is deserving of the honor. He seems…

Sport and Society–Winter Olympics Part 3

Editor’s Note: “Sport in American History” is excited to cross-post Richard C. Crepeau’s “Sport and Society” column. This post was originally published on February 23, 2018. A full archive of his Crepeau’s columns can be found by clicking here. By Richard C. Crepeau The final two premier figure skating events of the Winter Olympics were held this week. They…