sports history

December 10, 1982

The Mets trade starter Mike Scott, who compiled a 14-27 record during his four years with the team, to the Astros in exchange for Danny Heep. After learning how to throw the split-finger fastball from Roger Craig, the right-hander becomes the ace of the staff, leading Houston to the post-season, throwing a no-hitter and winning 110 out 191 decisions during his nine-year tenure with club.

Throughout history, artists have found inspiration in the primal nature of boxing, wrestling, and bullfighting. Sculptures and reliefs dating from antiquity highlight the beauty and strength of boxers and wrestlers, often naked or semi clothed. Today, it is sports photographers who have taken up this universal subject—two bodies, little equipment—that was so fundamental to classical sculpture. The best photographers capture the physicality and the psychology behind these matches.Boxing, wrestling, and bullfighting have deep literary and artistic traditions. Photographers who would never stand on a sideline go willingly, week after week, to the ring.

Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have recorded traditional African culture and ceremonies over many decades. This photograph shows Surma men of South Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia assembled for wild stick fighting called the Donga. Now banned by the Ethiopian government, Donga stick fighting was considered one of the most vicious of all sports across the African continent. It was a sport for proving masculinity, settling vendettas, and winning wives. Men came from many villages, often walking thirty miles, to participate in the tournament. 

Carol Beckwith (American, born 1945) and Angela Fisher (Australian, born 1947). Surma Donga Stick Fighters, Ethiopia, 1990. Courtesy of the artists

Today we reflect on the legacy of Muhammad Ali. Known as “The Greatest,” he gained fame for his boxing skills, charisma, and the controversy he generated outside the ring.

In 1976 the Smithsonian acquired Ali’s boxing gloves and robe, shown here. At the donation ceremony, before a crowd of reporters and cheering spectators, Ali predicted that his Everlast gloves would become “the most famous thing in this building.”

The gloves are currently on display in our  Museum of American History’s “American Stories” exhibition.
The Fastest Girl in the World Is a Badass 17-Year-Old
Candace Hill ran 100 meters last year in 10.98 seconds.

“When Candace Hill ran 100 meters last year in a record-breaking 10.98 seconds, the then 16-year-old high school junior officially became the fastest girl in the world. Now, she’s also the youngest track athlete to ever go pro, and she’s hoping to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team this year.

“I’m still in shock about that label,” Candace says in the March issue of Seventeen, on newsstands now. “The boys are too scared to run against me … They’ll take longer to get ready or ‘forget’ something in the locker room when they know I’ll be at practice with them.”

Read the full piece here

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Mo'Ne Davis Makes Little League World Series History In Three-Hit Shutout

The 13-year-old became the first girl to toss a complete game shutout in a Little League World Series-clinching contest Sunday thanks to a three-hit, six-strikeout effort for the Taney (Pa.) Dragons in an 8-0 victory over Newark (Del.)  At 70 mph, Davis’ pitching arm bested every boy and girl in the opposition. 

Source: Yahoo News

The heartbreaking letter of a Virginia teenager detailing the racial abuse he faces daily at school

Za’Khari Waddy turns 14 this December.

Even though he is only in the 8th grade at Tabb Middle School in Yorktown, Virginia, he has already experienced a lifetime’s worth of racism from white students at his school.

“Ever since we’ve moved to this area my son has been faced with racism,“ Za’Khari’s mother Zettrona Powell said in a letter to the school. "He’s been asked if he was going to rape or rob a young lady, he’s been pushed into lockers and called a nigger on numerous occasions.”

Absolutely disgusting. Children begging adults to make things right. Shame on the school admin for not only ignoring the bullying but for punishing this child for standing up for himself! #Hate it!

Phone calls are great, but emails are the best way to go. They can deny ever speaking with you, but that electronic trail is indisputable.

Tabb Middle School
300 Yorktown Rd.
Yorktown, VA 23693

School District Division Superintendent: Victor D. Shandon
Phone: (757)898-0310
School Ph. 757-898-0320
Fax. 855-369-2609

Principal: Heather Young

Assistant Principal: Melissa Bunting

Assistant Principal: George Page

Secretary: Sharon Owens

Office Hours:
7:30am – 4:00pm
Summer Hours:
8:00am – 5:00pm
Main Office 757-898-0320
Attendance 757-898-0321
Clinic 757-867-7456
Guidance 757-898-0319

September 8, 1957: Althea Gibson wins U.S. Nationals (U.S Open)

How much tennis history can you take today? The day Serena Williams and Venus Williams square off at the U.S. Open is the day in history that Althea Gibson won the first of her back-to-back U.S. National Championships (the precursor to U.S. Open). Gibson won the title on September 8, 1957.

Althea Gibson (1927-2003), a truant from the rough streets of Harlem and emerged as the unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open) — a decade before Arthur Ashe. 

Watch online: Althea from American Masters


August 3rd 1936: Jesse Owens wins 100 metre dash

On this day in 1936 at the Berlin Olympics, American athlete Jesse Owens won the 100 metre dash, defeating world record holder Ralph Metcalfe. Owens won four gold medals, in the 100 metres, 200 metres, long jump, and 4x100 metre relay, which made him the most successful athlete in the 1936 Games. Germany’s Nazi Chancellor Adolf Hitler had intended to use the Games to showcase Aryan supremacy, thus the success of African-American Owens was particularly poignant. His success made him a famous figure, but back home in America segregation was still in place. After a ticker-tape parade for him in New York, he had to ride a separate elevator to reach a reception in his honour. It was often said that Hitler snubbed Owens at the Games, refusing to shake his hand, but whilst the racist Hitler was certainly displeased by Owens’s success, these stories may have been exaggerated. In fact, Owens maintains that it was US President Franklin D. Roosevelt who snubbed him, neglecting to congratulate the athlete for his success. Jesse Owens died in 1980 aged 66.

“A lifetime of training for just ten seconds
- Jesse Owens


Charles Woodson Speaks TRUTH about the Star Spangled Banner

When I hear that line ‘the land of the free’, that wasn’t talking about me.” ~ Charles Woodson