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Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers

As long as there are those who seek to extend the field of athletic endeavor through invention (such as James L. Plimpton, creator of the modern roller skate), or those who break racial barriers (such as the great Jackie Robinson), there will be those who seek to commemorate and examine their legacy. Designed to complement a current exhibition at the National Museum of American History, this fine online exhibit explores some of those individuals whose contributions to American sport have intersected with other broader historical developments, including racial equality, the spirit of invention, and other trends. On the site, visitors are treated to short essays that talk about the accomplishments of such individuals as Jesse Owens and Sandy Koufax. Of course, these pieces are completed by images of such items as Terry Bradshaw's uniform from Super Bowl XIV and Abraham Lincoln's personal handball. Additionally, for each person profiled, visitors can read a list of career highlights, suggested reading materials, and in some cases, a filmography.
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Date of Scout Publication 1999-11-30
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2004/scout-041126#6

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