seattle sports history

February 18, 2009

After considering playing for Atlanta, a location which is closer to his family, Ken Griffey Jr. agrees to a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners. The 39-year-old outfielder joins a list of superstars, Babe Ruth (Boston), Willie Mays (New York), and Hank Aaron (Milwaukee), to choose the city where they played with their first team as the place to end their major league career.

It's #SuperBowl Sunday! Our staff at the National Archives at Seattle and the National Archives at Denver are getting ready to cheer on their teams.

In the meantime, here are ten facts about the Presidents and football to keep you busy before you dive into the chips and dip. (Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt helped to legalize the forward pass? Or that Dwight Eisenhower was injured tackling Jim Thorpe?)

Herbert Hoover, Secretary of War Patrick Hurley, and members of both teams signed this football auctioned off at the 1930 Army-Navy game in Yankee Stadium to raise money for the unemployed.

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