The roots of the rivalry extend all the way back to the first time the teams faced-off on May 7, 1903 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston. They weren’t the Yankees and Red Sox then but instead had more geographically correct names: the Highlanders — they played on the hilly terrain of upper Manhattan; and the Pilgrims — in tribute to their New England heritage. Continue reading
With the NBA All Star Game almost upon us, with the college hoops season heading towards “March Madness,” it is sometimes satisfying to look back on the way of life that once existed in the game.
The New York Renaissance Five, better known as the “Rens,” was the first all-black professional basketball team. They existed before the Harlem Globetrotters and were a much different kind of team. The Globies clowned around; the Rens played to win and did they win! For their time there was no better basketball team in the world. Continue reading
Excerpt: When It Was Just a Game: Remembering Super Bowl One, an Oral History by Harvey Frommer, publication Fall 2014
CHUCK LANE: The Coliseum is a large, cavernous, historical building. That day to start there was almost like a maritime level atmosphere that was almost kind of misty. And then the sun came out and it turned out to be a beautiful day. There was a considerable contingent from Green Bay. We traveled well, that’s kind of been a historical fact for the Packers.
FORREST GREGG: The Coliseum, never gave it a thought. We could have played the game on the moon. It would have not made any difference.
FRANK GIFFORD: I had played my college football in the Coliseum so I was not awed by it. It was and still is a pretty awesome place. Continue reading