(Photo: Jay-Dell Mah Collection, courtesy of Marvin Ligon)

The Secret History of Black Baseball Players in Canada’s Great White North

When Jackie Robinson broke the Major League color barrier seventy years ago, it was a triumphant step forward. It also meant the inevitable end of the proud Negro Leagues, sending hundreds of African American players looking for new opportunities across the border.

The Passion of Hobo Hank

How the manager of a Chili’s restaurant outside Albuquerque found his true calling as a bone-crushing, head-stomping hero on America’s independent wrestling circuit.

The Halftime Hero from West Ham

How an English Premier League manager once silenced a saucy fan by inviting him on to the field to see if he could do any better.

The Gladiators of Calcio Storico

For three epic days each year, Florence’s central square hosts an ancient sport where teams of men kick, punch and pummel their way to glory.

The Brutal Honesty of a Bloodsport Baron

Back when the Bowery Boys and Dead Rabbits ruled Manhattan, dog-fighting, rat-killing and bare-knuckle brawling were the sports of choice—and Kit Burns was king of them all.

Playing by Ear

Goalball may have been designed for the blind, but one group of Brooklyn players proves that the sport is as dangerous, fast-paced and competitive as any you’ll find.