A Sports History Newsletter That Goes Beyond ‘This Day in Sports History’

Welcome to Throwbacks: A Newsletter About Sports History and Culture by me, Michael Weinreb. Join the email list for free, or make a donation if you choose.

I’m a free agent writer/journalist and the author of four books, including Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games. I’ve been writing about sports and its relationship to American culture and history for…well, a long time, for Rolling Stone and Grantland (R.I.P.) and The Ringer and The Athletic and others. Sports are now, and always have been, an apt reflection of our history and culture: Messy and inequitable and controversial and undeniably beautiful.

Some of it will be tied to specific anniversaries; some of it will be tied to what’s in the news. Some of it may emerge from my fascination with certain dusty corners of the Internet. All of it will, I hope, go beyond a mere commemoration of an anniversary and try to get it what it really meant, in the grand scheme of American history, culture and politics.

If you’re into that sort of thing—and if you’ve read this far, I hope you are—join me and we’ll examine where we’ve been, and what it all means, with a few inevitable digressions along the way.

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