Journal of Sport History Article Award

In 2015, NASSH decided to acknowledge the Best Article for each yearly edition of the Journal of Sport History. A team of 15 NASSH members read the first twenty years of the Journal from 1974 until 1994 and have chosen the Best Article for each year. Murray Phillips, the editor of the Journal of Sport History, is deeply grateful to all those who devoted considerable time, energy, and expertise to this demanding task. This process will continue next year, with more reviewers required, to bring the Award up until the present time culminating in a single Award presented each year at the NASSH Banquet, similar to the NASSH book prizes.

Online versions (pdf) of each article can be accessed by clicking on the publication year.

1974 Riess, Steven A “The Baseball Magnates and Urban Politics in the Progressive Era: 1895-1920,” 1, no. 1 (Spring 1974), 41-62.
1975 Gerber, Ellen “The Controlled Development of Collegiate Sport for Women, 1923-1936,” 2, no. 1, (Spring 1975), 1-28.
1976 Willis, Joe D. and
Richard G. Wettan
“Social Stratification in New York City Athletic Clubs, 1865-1915,” 3, no. 1 (Spring 1976), 45-63.
1977 Wiggins, David K. “Good Times on the Old Plantation: Popular Recreations of the Black Slave in Antebellum South, 1810-1860,” 4, no. 3, (Fall 1977), 260-284.
1978 Parks, Roberta “Embodied Selves: The Rise and Development of Concern for Physical Education, Active Games and Recreation for American Women, 1776-1865,” 5, no. 2 (Summer 1978), 5-41.
1979 Vertinsky, Patricia “Sexual Equality and the Legacy of Catharine Beecher,” 6, no. 1 (Spring 1979), 38-49.
1980 Wiggins, David K. “The Play of Slave Children in the Plantation Communities of the Old South, 1820-1860,” 7, no. 2 (Summer 1980), 21-39.
1981 (tie) Riess, Stephen “Power Without Authority: Los Angeles’ Elites and the Construction of the Coliseum,” 8, no. 1 (Spring 1981), 50-65.
1981 (tie) Guttmann, Allen “Sports Spectators from Antiquity to the Renaissance,’’ 8, no. 2 (Summer, 1981) 5-27.
1982 Mormino, Gary R. “The Playing Fields of St. Louis: Italian Immigrants and Sports, 1925-1941,” 9, no. 2 (Summer 1982), 5-19.
1983 Wiggins, David K. “Wendell Smith, the Pittsburgh Courier-Journal and the Campaign to Include Blacks in Organized Baseball, 1933-1945,” 10, no. 2 (Summer 1983), 5-29.
1984 Gelber, Steven M. “‘Their Hands Are All Out Playing’: Business and Amateur Baseball, 1845-1917,” 11. no. 1 (Spring 1984), 5-27.
1985 Brailsford, Dennis “Morals and Maulers: The Ethics of Early Pugilism,” 12, no. 2 (Summer 1985), 126-42.
1986 (tie) Hardy, Stephen “Entrepreneurs, Organizations and the Sport Marketplace: Subjects in Search of Historians,” 13, no. 1 (Spring 1986), 14-33.
1986 (tie) Struna, Nancy L. “The Formalizing of Sport and the Formation of an Elite,” 13, no. 3 (Winter 1986), 212-34.
1987 Park, Roberta J. “Physiologists, Physicians, and Physical Educators: Nineteenth Century Biology and Exercise, Hygienic and Educative,” 14, no. 1 (Spring 1987), 28-60.
1988 Wiggins, David K. “‘The Future of College Athletics is at Stake’: Black Athletes and Racial Turmoil on Three Predominantly White University Campuses,” 15. no. 3 (Winter 1988), 304-33.
1989 Wiggins, David K. “‘Great Speed But Little Stamina’: The Historical Debate Over Black Athletic Dominance,” 16. no. 2 (Summer 1989) 158-85.
1990 Pfister, Gertrud “The Medical Discourse on Female Physical Culture in Germany in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries,” 17. no. 2 (Summer 1990) 183-198.
1991 (tie) Park, Roberta J. “Physiology and Anatomy are Destiny!?: Brains, Bodies and Exercise in Nineteenth Century American Thought” 18, no. 1 (Spring 1991) 31-63.
1991 (tie) Vertinsky, Patricia “Old Age, Gender, and Physical Activity: The Biomedicalization of Aging” 18, no. 1 (Spring 1991) 64-80.
1992 Davis, Jack E. “Baseball’s Reluctant Challenge: Desegregating Major League Spring Training Sites, 1961-1964” 19, no. 2 (Summer 1992) 144-162.
1993 Riordan, Jim “Rewriting Soviet Sports History,” 20, no. 3 (Winter 1993) 247-258.
1994 Vertinsky, Patricia “Gender Relations, Women’s History and Sport History: A Decade of Changing Enquiry, 1983-1993,” 21, no. 1 (Spring 1994) 1-24.