"…it’s the United States Slalom Team that mounts a surprise. They were given little chance in the downhill test until Jimmy Huega of California came dancing through the gates. His fast final run assured him a third place…"
Watching today’s Men’s Slalom at Sochi? 50 years ago at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games, skier Jimmy Huega won the bronze medal for the United States in the Men’s Slalom event.
Following the Bobsleigh and Luge events at Sochi? In 1980 the US Team needed congressional intervention:
Congress in the Archives will feature staff posts on our blog. Today’s post comes from Sharon Fitzpatrick.
In preparation for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY, Congress passed H.R. 5146, a bill to provide duty-free entry of competition bobsleds and luges. The House Committee on Ways and Means reported, “The President’s Commission on Olympic Sports agrees that a major impediment to participation in these sports is the high cost of equipment. There are no American bobsled or luge manufacturers and this legislation would not adversely affect any United States industry.”
As shown in the document above, the bill was approved by conference report and signed into law on November 9, 1978.
Bill File for H.R. 5146, 11/9/1978, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives
"Jean Saubert wins Uncle Sam’s first medal - a Bronze - as she places third."
Ready for today’s Women’s Slalom at Sochi? 50 years ago Jean Saubert won the bronze at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics on February 1, 1964, the United States’ first medal at the 1964 games.
"Scott Allen…skates right into the heart of the crowd as he captures a bronze medal for Uncle Sam; only fourteen years old…"
50 years ago at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games, 14 year old figure skater Scott Allen wins the bronze medal for the United States in Men’s Figure Skating, becoming the youngest Olympic medalist in an individual Winter event.
Are you fired up for the Sochi Winter Olympics?
Here’s a flashback from 50 years ago from the 1964 Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, courtesy of our colleagues at National Archives’ Motion Picture Preservation Lab:
This Week in Universal News: The 1964 Winter OlympicsWINTER OLYMPICS RECORDS FALL AT INNSBRUCK: The eyes of 37 nations are on Innsbruck, Austria as their favorite sons – and daughters – vie for the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. A Russian husband and wife team win the pair figure skating. The Ski races are highlighted by Egon Zimmerman’s victory in the downhill. Great Britain wins her third Gold Medal in the history of Winter Olympics as the team of Bony Nash and Robin Nixon win by 12/100th of a second. Christine and Marielle Boitschel, representing France, run one and two in the women’s Slalom. Jean Saubert wins Uncle Sam’s first medal – a Bronze – as she places third.
It’s #SuperBowl Sunday! Our staff at the National Archives at Seattle and the National Archives at Denver are getting ready to cheer on their teams.
In the meantime, here are ten facts about the Presidents and football to keep you busy before you dive into the chips and dip. (Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt helped to legalize the forward pass? Or that Dwight Eisenhower was injured tackling Jim Thorpe?)
Herbert Hoover, Secretary of War Patrick Hurley, and members of both teams signed this football auctioned off at the 1930 Army-Navy game in Yankee Stadium to raise money for the unemployed.
Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig made his major league debut with the New York Yankees 90 years ago on June 15, 1923.
Letter of Consent for Lou Gehrig. U.S. District Court. Hillerich & Bradsby Company versus The Hanna Manufacturing Company, Inc., 06/28/1929 - 04/24/1934
This item is a letter of consent signed by Gehrig and filed as part of an equity suit claiming trademark infringement and the violation of the plaintiff’s exclusive right to use certain baseball players’ names on their baseball bats.
INDIANAPOLIS 500, 1946, ca. 05/30/1946
From the Motion Picture Films file of the Ford Motor Company Collection, ca. 1903 - ca. 1954
Dormant from 1942-1945, May 30, 1946 saw the first running of the Indy 500 following World War II at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with Canadian driver George Robson finishing in first place.
(You can just make out the pace car, a Lincoln Continental, driven by Henry Ford II.)
"I respectfully remind you sir, that we have been the most patient of all people."
-Letter from Jackie Robinson to President Eisenhower of May 13, 1958
After he retired from Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson went on to champion the cause of civil rights from his position as a prominent executive of the Chock Full o’Nuts Corporation.
Robinson had grown increasingly impatient with what he regarded as President Eisenhower’s failure to act decisively in combating racism. In this letter dated May 13, 1958, he expresses his frustration and calls upon the President to finally guarantee Federal support of black civil rights.
Jackie Robinson broke the color line in Major League Baseball when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. This decision would not only integrate baseball, but would help the country work to achieve equal rights for all. Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., once commented to baseball pitcher Don Newcombe, “Don, you and Jackie will never know how easy you made my job, through what you went through on the baseball field.”
Before becoming famous, Lt. Jack R. Robinson was court-martialed at Camp Hood, Texas, because he refused to move to the back of the bus after being told to do so by a bus driver and disobeying an order from a superior officer. Robinson was acquitted of all charges and received an honorable discharge, but this was not the only experience he would have in fighting discrimination.
After retiring from baseball, Robinson turned much of his attention to civil rights issues. He wrote to several Presidents about the cause, and even attended the March on Washington.
Many of these milestone events from Robinson’s life are documented in primary sources from the National Archives.
While we’re still reeling from the National’s Opening Day victory, we wanted to share this awesome new (free!) eBook from the National Archives.
“Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives” tells the story of baseball in America through documents, photographs, audio, video, and other records preserved at the National Archives. Chapter 9 “Saving the Integrity of the Game” features records from congressional hearings during the steroid era.
The book can be downloaded for free on your iPhone, Android, iPad, and eReaders, so check it out!
Get ready for Major League Baseball’s 2013 Opening Day with a new, free eBook from the National Archives!
“Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives” tells the story of baseball in America through documents, photographs, audio, video, and other records preserved at the National Archives.
The book can be downloaded for free on your iPhone, Android, iPad, and eReaders.
Learn about the two world wars, contract disputes, civil rights, equal access and opportunity on and off the playing field, the steroids era, Presidential involvement, improvements to the sport, Little League, Opening Day, and more.
(Today’s Document may be quiet the rest of the afternoon as we’re off to see the Nationals take on that expansion team from the Bronx. Go Nats!)