A selection of Maryland sports related items, including game schedules, programs, personal correspondence and documents from sports organizations.
Collection Location: Maryland Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center
Collection Overview: Jack Portney, Lefty Grove, Juan Dixon, Toots Barger, Dick Edell, Sugar Ray Leonard. The names of these celebrated Marylanders are well known for their contribution to athletics. Maryland and its inhabitants have for centuries played a significant role in the development and promotion of sports. Professional, amateur and collegiate halls of fame list the accomplishments of our native sons and daughters.
And, it is not only the players, but the sport as well. Long known as the hot bed of lacrosse, the state team sport, most collegiate lacrosse rosters list Maryland players. The Preakness at Pimlico is the second jewel in horse racing’s triple crown, and has been run since 1873. It was Alan Ameche’s overtime touchdown plunge that gave the Baltimore Colts the National Football League title over the New York Giants and began what most recognize as the modern era of professional football. Is there a more storied collegiate football game than Army-Navy? Maryland boasts a long record in baseball history as well. It was 1902 when John McGraw, manager of the Baltimore Orioles left the team to join the New York Giants and soon ownership of the Orioles franchise was transferred to the National League Giants. The following year the team was reincarnated as the New York Highlanders of the American League. It was only a few years later that the team recently known as the Orioles became better known as - the New York Yankees! And let us not forget that McGraw, along with his fellow player and saloon partner Wilbert Robinson, take credit for inventing the sport of duckpin bowling in the late 1890’s.
From figure skating and jousting, amateur and pro, Marylanders can be proud of their involvement in athletics. The material represented in this exhibit underscores this heritage and will educate and entertain. So, when you speak of the relationship of Marylanders to sport, remember the greats from our state go way beyond Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken, Jr.
These pieces are drawn from the thousands of items in the Ephemera Collection of the Maryland Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center.
Collection overview provided by Jeff Korman, Maryland Department Manager.