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American Sports History (1865-Present)
3. U.S. Sports at the Turn of the Century
Being that my topic was sports history I found a lot of information, whether it was via the world wide web or printed materials, and was fortunate enough to be able to limit the amount of resources that I actually used. The electronic sources proved to be a valuable source of up to the minute information, but I had to travel all the way to Sarasota, Florida (my father is living there) to find books (see 6.Literature) in the library of Sarasota for my term paper. I found that the books were valuable in researching information from the mid-1800's up to about the early 1990's. Overall the sources that I decided to use for my project proved to be resourceful and valuable.
I used four books to research information about the history of certain sports as well as current information. The first was "Sports in Modern America" by William J. Baker and John M. Carroll. This book proved to be one of the two primary sources that I used to gain information about the history of sports. This book provided me with anything from who invented a certain sport, who was a particular sports most popular player in any given year, to where sports were played in the early twentieth century. Overall this proved to be a valuable source of information in regards to the history of sports in general.
Another resource that primarily dealt with sports from the mid 1800's to the early 1960's was "Pictorial History of American Sports" by John Durant and Otto Bettmen. This book was published in the early 1960's and was great when referencing any particular situation. This book primarily dealt with game changing moments, situations the went down in history, and groundbreaking happenings.
Since it was a pictorial documentary of sports in general it only included captions which described certain situations.
"Sport In America" by David Wiggins was a source that provided me with interesting facts and statistics as well as leaders in each of the sports covered.
This book proved to be a good source of the who's who in many different sports as well as a brief description of each. This book also covered the development of the different sports into what they are today.
The final source that I used was "Sports Illustrated". As many are familiar with, this magazine is considered to be the "granddaddy" of sports magazines. This gave me valuable information of news and historical happenings with any given sport. The covers of "Sports Illustrated" are considered to be collectors items and honor for those whom are fortunate enough to grace them. Overall SI provided me with valuable interviews with players of certain sports as well as recent news and information.
As one might already be aware of, there are many valuable resources regarding sports in general over the Internet. The three sources which I decided on proved to be valuable sources of information. The first source was Hickok's Sports History. (www.ultranet.com/~rhickok) This site had everything. It covered the history of any given sport. I was able to find many articles about the development of sports in America throughout the years. A great introduction to the site, the main page starts with a description of Willie Mays' great catch in the World Series. Overall a very valuable web site and would recommend anyone remotely interested in the history of sports to review Hickoks web page.
The other two electronic sites were ESPN's SportsZone (www.espn.com) and CNNSI (www.cnnsi.com). These two sources covered the latest information in any and all sports. They both give great information including up to the minute reports on any trades, scores, fantasy leagues, and articles about all sports. These two sites are spin-offs of two cable network sports stations which cover the same information as the web sites.
Overall the sources used turned out to be very valuable in my evaluation of sports and its history in America. I found that with the capabilities of using the world wide web it made finding information that much easier. This project could not have happened without the ability to resource information over the web and evaluate it with regards to this paper.
My interests on this specific topic are due to my extensive sports background. I have been involved and participated in Baseball, Golf,Tennis and Basketball, as well as many other sports. I am still playing Basketball at BTS Neustadt in the 1. Regionalliga, overall the third highest league in Germany.
I have attended many live sporting events such as Basketball, Football, and Soccer. I have also attended a historical event, the Centenial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. Due to the fact that my father is living in Sarasota, Florida and I am visiting him at least once a year, I have seen noumerous LIVE cove
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David Wiggins, John M. Carroll, William J. Baker, Kobe Bryant, the first African American baseball player, Dr. James Naismith, Willie Mays, Theodore Roosevelt, John Durant, Alexander Cartwright, Walter Camp, Michael Jordan, Walter C. Wingfield, Otto Bettmen, Lawn tennis, General Lee, Tiger Woods, Kirsten Ulemr,
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