New Reference Book: Encyclopedia of Sports in America

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 18th, 2011

Encyclopedia of Sports in America: A History from Foot Races to Extreme Sports by Murry R. Nelson, Greenwood, 2009.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 796 N33

This 2-volume set identifies and describes American sports, sporting events and key athletes from 1607 through the 2000’s.

Examples include: Auto Racing in the 1910’s, College Basketball in the 1930’s, Horse Racing in the 1950’s, The Houston Astrodome and Wayne Gretzky

Helpful for: Humanities, Humanities IV,  American History, Sports History

New Reference Set: Statistical Encyclopedia of North American Professional Sports

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 2nd, 2009

Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian

Statistical Encyclopedia of North American Professional Sports: All Major League Teams and Major Non-Team Events Year by Year, 1876 through 2006 2nd ed. Edited by K. Michael Gaschnitz. McFarland, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 796 G21S

Use this set to locate statistics related to Major League team sports of the U.S. and Canada including: baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer and football.   Browse or search by date or team.

Use this set to determine the number of wins by the Boston Red Caps in 1876 (39); to find  that in 1959 Jean Beliveau lead the National Hockey League with 45 goals; and discover that in 1998 the Women’s National Basketball Association named Suzie McConnell Serio of the Cleveland Rockers the Newcomer of the Year.

Helpful for: Sports Fans, North American History.

Ohrstrom Library staff wishes best of luck to our spring SPS sports teams as they begin the new season: baseball, crew, lacrosse, softball, tennis and track!

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