Sports Sightings: A Humorous Look At The Day’s Notable Photos

An early baseball sport at the Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1859; engraving from Harper’s magazine. From the British Isles, fashionable sports (and the amateur rule) had been subtle throughout the world. Sports that initially started elsewhere, corresponding to tennis (which comes from Renaissance France), have been modernized and exported as if they too have been raw materials imported for British business to rework after which export as finished goods. While the aesthetic factor survives in sports such as figure skating, diving, and gymnastics, the fashionable emphasis is usually on quantified achievement. In reality, the transition from Renaissance to fashionable sports can be seen in a semantic shift; the word measure, which once connoted a sense of steadiness and proportion, started to refer virtually solely to numerical measurements.

In the 20th century, sports underwent social as well as spatial diffusion. … Read More

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