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Researching the Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is fast approaching. As a racer, I have pored over the current course map. As a researcher, I wanted to learn more about Chicago and the history of its Marathon. The research materials at The New York Public Library have helped me appreciate the city and the race more than ever.Read More ›

The Great Competition to Design Central Park and How It Was Won

The initial public proposal for “Plans for the Central Park” is reflected in a small classified advertisement in The New York Times: “The Board of Commissioners of Central Park offer the following premiums for laying out the Park … For the first … $2000.” Topographical sketches and certain “particulars” could be obtained at the Board and “must be presented by the First Day of March, 1858.”Read More ›

Get a Hobby! 5 Suggestions from Grand Central Library

Just because you vowed never to write another term paper again does not mean you are done learning. This back-to-school season, try picking up a new hobby rather than a new textbook. Some of our well-rounded librarians are here to give you ideas!Read More ›

13 Literary Sports Books (and One Movie) That Go for the Gold

We hope you’ll enjoy some of these Olympic-event-themed novels and literary memoirs that examine sports in our everyday lives and the more philosophical and meditative aspects of exertion and competition.Read More ›

5 Hall of Famers Who Were Moved Mid-Season

Let's take a stroll down memory lane and see some of baseball's best players change uniforms mid-season and make an impact.Read More ›

Celebrating the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Mid-Manhattan is celebrating the Olympics with book displays and a reading list that includes titles on the history and politics of the Olympic Games, as well as Brazilian cultural heritage. Read More ›

Flashback Fridays: 1990s Sports Movies

Nerding out about the sports movies from my childhood that made me the avid sports fan I am today.Read More ›

Gold Medal Magazines

Opening ceremonies are a few days away, and so the eyes of the world are turning to Rio and the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. With dozens of events, some more obscure to American viewers than others, it might be time to read up on the ins and outs of these sports.Read More ›

Recipes from the Reluctant Camper

Summer would not be complete without a night spent with only a thin layer of nylon separating you from the starry sky and the cool night air... am I right?Read More ›

On Black Fatherhood and Muhammad Ali

Remembering Ali as a champion father figure in the black community—exemplifying strength, confidence, and a love for people around the world.Read More ›

Baseball Fiction To Get You Ready For Opening Day

Now I don't want you guys to neglect your library cards just because the baseball season is about to be in full swing, so I've decided to give you guys a helping hand, and give you some baseball fiction titles to check out. Read More ›

Soccer Returns! The MLS, NASL, USL and NWSL Seasons Start Soon

March is here and with it comes higher temperatures, early spring rains, and the start of soccer season here in the United States. With Major League Soccer kicking off on March 6 here in New York and the NASL, USL, and NWSL all close behind, it's time for supporters and novices alike to brush up on their soccer knowledge. Read More ›

Premier League Fans Rejoice! English Football Cards in Digital Collections

Explore unique cigarette cards from the early 20th century depicting English football teams using the NYPL Digital Collection.Read More ›

More Costly Errors! Championship Series Edition

Some of the more costly errors in League Championship Series history.Read More ›

Walter Camp: The Man Who Gave You Football

Before you dive into that bowl of chips this Superbowl Sunday, take a moment to appreciate Walter Camp, the man who gave you football. This guy, the fit, mutton-chopped “Father of American Football,” literally wrote the rules.Read More ›

A Super Bowl of Snacks: Books for Making Football Food

Some people are there for the game, some people for the commercials, but the rest of us are really just there for the food. Read More ›

5 of the Costliest Errors In World Series History

The good thing about the upcoming calendar flip is that we're getting a whole new season of baseball come April 3rd! Slate's wiped entirely clean, and everyone starts in the exact same position, tied for first! Read More ›

5 Baseball Executives You Really Should Know!

As we relax and warm our hands on the "hot stove", let's take a gander at the past and read up on some successful baseball executives from yesteryear who left their fingerprints on winning ballclubs.Read More ›

Daniel Okrent's World Series Booklist

We asked acclaimed author, fantasy baseball innovator, and first public editor of The New York Times Daniel Okrent to share his Fall Classic themed booklist, perfect for any fan of America's pastime.Read More ›

Podcast #84: Shaquille O'Neal on Germany, Rap, and Slam Dunks

In 1992, as the number one NBA draft pick, Shaquille O'Neal was chosen by the Orlando Magic. He would be named Rookie of the Year during his first season, and eventually win three consecutive NBA titles with the LA Lakers.Read More ›
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