121 Professional Vintage Sport Photos Taken Before 1925

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First modern Olympic Games in 1894, Athens.


Bobby Walthour, with pacer Hoffman, about 1903-04
Ned Murphy, a member of or visiting player at Christendom Cricket Club, Co. Waterford. Date: 28 July 1902
Cricket Match at Nainital, 1899.
Syracuse freshmen on the rowing team sit around the dinner table on June 19, 1908.
Queenie Newall. 1908 Olympics London
Saint-Louis 1904-DESMARTEAU Etienne (CAN) 1st in 56 pounds weight throw
Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France, in 1903.
Circa 1915: American athlete Jim Thorpe posing in a football uniform on a field.
Tug of war Lively clash of contestants at Drumleck, Co. Louth. Date: Circa 1907
Two women playing golf on a links in Co. Louth. Date: Circa 1907
Start of a bicycle race in 1901.
Kilkenny Hurler Date: Circa 1923
Supporter “riots”, England, London, 1923.
Boys proudly carrying their football boots around their neck. The Netherlands, 1915-1925.
League soccer match for the Dutch championship between HBS and Go Ahead Eagles (result 4-2). March 1925.
Soccer on motorbikes on the footbal pitch of Crystal Palace in London, England 1923.
Women’s football. The team captains greet each other with a kiss. England, Preston, 1920.
Dutch skater Jaap Eden on the ice. Location here, 1890-1900.
Ice-hockeying women in bathing suits. Minneapolis, USA, 1925.
Speed skating: Dutch skaters Lijkle Poepjes and B. van der Zee standing ready for the start of a skating race in Leeuwarden (the Netherlands), 1914.
Felix Sellier is angry after being hit by a car. Tour de France, early 1920s.
The finish of the first Tour. At the right: the first winner, Maurice Garin. 1903
The famous Tour winner Lucien Petit-Breton (1907 and 1908).
April 1923. “Firpo.” The Argentine heavyweight boxer Luis Angel Firpo in New York.
July 29, 1922. Newark, New Jersey. “Girl athletes to sail on Aquitania. Stine, Sabie, Gilliland, Batson, Snow.” Contestants bound for Paris, France, and the first international track meet for women.
Circa 1920s, “Boxing at Walter Reed Hospital.”
August 15, 1922. Washington, D.C. “Florence Skadding and Mark Coles.” At the Tidal Basin bathing pavilion.
1920 or 1921. “Lexington. Pike’s Peak car.”
New York City circa 1918. “Start of cripples’ one-legged race.”
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. “Donnie Moore in Duesenberg.”
July 11, 1925. “Auto races at Laurel, Maryland.” The 1⅛-mile wooden oval at Laurel Speedway.
June 1, 1918. Six of the eight contestants in the 100-mile Harkness Handicap on Sheepshead Bay Motor Speedway’s two-mile wooden oval in Brooklyn, New York
October 4, 1923. Washington, D.C. Danish athletes at the Pension Office Building
November 10, 1922. “Girls’ rifle team.”
Harry Cody with sports medals. 1916.
Babe Ruth, Bill Carrigan, Jack Barry and Vean Gregg of the Boston Red Sox in 1916.
Miss Katharine Harley, former champion of the U.S. won at Chevy Chase, 1908.
Rowing. Cambridge Crew. 1910-1915.
Three young women posing in swimsuits and wearing their swimming competition medals. circa 1915.
Army – Navy game, Polo Grounds, New York. 1915.
Sibyl Marston. 1910-1920.
Huge crowd of baseball fans watching baseball scoreboard during World Series game in New York City. 1911 Oct. 27.
Washington, D.C., circa 1915. “Women’s tennis league section leaders.”
George Goulding. 1910.
Circa 1910. “Woodberry Forest Gymnasium Team.” Prep-school gymnasts from Orange, Virginia.
St. Mary’s County, Maryland, circa 1920. “Charlotte Hall Military Academy baseball.”
Washington, D.C., circa 1911. “Georgetown basketball.” Georgetown Preparatory School junior varsity.
November 14, 1925. “Georgetown-Centre College game.” Georgetown University takes on Kentucky’s “Praying Colonels” at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Two young boys wrestling on the ground as others watch. 1865-1872.
“Stanley Harris, Washington Nationals.” Washington manager and second baseman Stanley “Bucky” Harris at Griffith Stadium in 1925.
July 18, 1925. Laurel, Maryland. “R.J. O’Connor, inter-city championship bicycle races, Laurel Speedway.”
1925. Washington, D.C. “C.H. Milano, Ross School, 5-3/4. Plaza playground.”
Washington, D.C. May 31, 1924. “High school track.”
May 14, 1925. Washington, D.C. “Western High School fencing team.”
Parade of Turners at opening Berlin stadium. 1913 June 8.
April 18, 1925. “Miss Louise Ireland & Miss Helen Marye.”
Pastimes of Central Asians. Wrestling. 1865-1872.
Washington, D.C., or vicinity. “Horse shows, miscellaneous, 1919. Unidentified jumpers.”
US Olympic team 1912 on their way to Stockholm.
Washington, D.C., 1924. “Grade school track meet.”
Another shot from the 1924 grade-school track meet in Washington.
African American baseball team, Danbury, Connecticut. 1880.
Washington, D.C. May 31, 1924. “High school track.”
1924. Washington Canoe Club rowers on the Potomac near the recently finished Key Bridge and older Aqueduct Bridge.
December 1912. “Auto polo,” somewhere in New York.
1924. “Lewis, Maryland Agricultural College.” Gomer Lewis, University of Maryland lacrosse star.
November 3, 1923. High school football in Washington, D.C.: Eastern vs. Central.
Washington, D.C. November 3, 1923. High school football: “Eastern v. Central.”
Mel Sheppard. 1910-1915.
November 3, 1923. High school football in Washington, D.C.: Eastern vs. Central. -2-
August 25, 1923. Montgomery County, Maryland. “Auto races, Rockville Fair.”
June 18, 1911. Poughkeepsie, New York. “Cornell Varsity rowers.”
May 25, 1911. Bob Burman and his “Blitzen Benz,” a month after setting a world speed record in the car.
1923. Swimmers at the Wardman Park Hotel pool in Washington.
September 15, 1922. Washington, D.C. “Scooter skates.” On the right: Clarence Sherrill.
August 15, 1922. Washington, D.C. “Florence Skadding and Mark Coles.” At the Tidal Basin bathing pavilion.
Yankee group, 1921.
H. Danofsky, Class of 1921 at Gallaudet University, the Washington, D.C., school for the deaf.
Recreation (volley-ball). Pauls Valley Training School. April 1917.
April 1910. “1 a.m. Pin boys working in Subway Bowling Alleys, 65 South Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., every night. Three smaller boys were kept out of the photo by Boss.”
Wisconsin crew team in shell. June 29, 1909.
Washington, D.C., in 1913. “Baseball, professional. St. Louis players.”
Washington, D.C., circa 1913. “Jacinto Calvo, ‘Germany’ Schaefer, Merito Acosta, Washington Nationals.”
New York City circa 1908. “Sam Kramer.” Bodybuilder and wrestler.
Eskimo sports.
Olympic Athletes Reception, crowd at City Hall, New York. 8/29/08.
Petersburg, Virginia (vicinity). Playing ball. Camp of 13th New Heavy Artillery. 1861-1869.
Lightweight boxing champ “Bat” Nelson in 1911
1912. “Football, Costello; Georgetown-Virginia game.”
Washington, 1912. “Football. Georgetown-Carlisle game; Glenn Warner.”
New York, March 20, 1908. “Wiley C. Grant on his way to London to play in Olympic Games.”
1911. Washington, D.C. “Football. Georgetown University Game.”
February 12, 1908. “Scarfoglio and companions in Zust car, New York,” at the start of the New York to Paris automobile race of 1908.
February 12, 1908. Montague Roberts in Times Square driving the Thomas Flyer at the start of the New York to Paris automobile race.
Lelouvier and driver in the Werner car, February 1908, at the start of the New York to Paris automobile race. The course was from Times Square to the Eiffel Tower via Alaska and Siberia.
1911: Washington Park – Los Angeles, California
Panoramic photo of Harvard – Dartmouth football game, Saturday, Nov. 14th, 1903.
Panorama of ring & crowds. 1919.
Minnesota State Fair, September 9, 1911.
Two sheets to the wind circa 1900. “Sailing on the beach. Ormond, Florida.
Circa 1897. “U.S.S. Oregon — the athletes.”
July 3, 1899, aboard the U.S.S. New York. “A 10-round bout, anniversary of Santiago.”
Havana, Cuba, circa 1904. “Jai alai hall.” Parimutuel pelotas in a smoke-filled fronton.
Grand golf tournament by professional players–On Leith links 17th May 1867.
Horse racing – race track, Saratoga, July 1913.
Woman posed with shotgun for trapshooting. 1914.
Fraulein Kussin and Mrs. Edwards boxing.
1909: Bicycle riders – Walthour in 6-day Race
Swimming – Elaine Golding, Feb. 12, 1915.
Champion Australian girl swimming team. 1919 April 8.
Leon Georget. 1908, Dec. 2.
Mrs. T. Cassebeer holding tennis racket on court.
Recreation period, Pitcairn, Pa. 1919.
Sam Luzofsky (one leg) and Lon Young (one arm) boxing. 1912.
Roller skating. 1905.
Young man on roller skates that are pedaled. Nov. 8, 1910.
Female students exercising, one with a wall-mounted device using ropes and pulleys, Western High School.
Female students exercising with bowling pins, Western High School.

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