The Rise of Professional Sports

Throughout most of human history, men and women have worked too hard to enjoy much leisure time. Leisure was a privilege for the affluent or a reward for hard work rather than a right in itself. For most people, only the weekly Sabbath days, which already had specific purposes, broke up the incessant struggle for food, shelter and clothing. Indeed, the Sabbath day of rest was the cause of a persistent social conflict in nineteenth and early twentieth century Wisconsin: Yankee Protestants often tried to impose laws regulating the conduct of Catholic immigrants who enjoyed beer gardens, picnics, sports, and... more...

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Link to article: Early baseball in 1860s BarabooEarly baseball in 1860s Baraboo
Link to article: A Beloit baseball team has a record-setting season in 1867A Beloit baseball team has a record-setting season in 1867
Link to article: The Black Hawk Country Club golf course nears completion in 1921
The Black Hawk Country Club golf course nears completion in 1921
Link to article: Milwaukee gymnasts take the world by storm in 1880Milwaukee gymnasts take the world by storm in 1880
Link to article: Programs and scorecards from the Kenosha CometsPrograms and scorecards from the Kenosha Comets
Link to article: Men in La Crosse form a Toboggan Club, 1885Men in La Crosse form a Toboggan Club, 1885
Link to article: La Crosse's first bowling alley built in 1846La Crosse's first bowling alley built in 1846
Link to article: Janesville baseball player becomes assistant secretary of warJanesville baseball player becomes assistant secretary of war
Link to article: "Ikey" Karel leads the Badgers to victory in 1894"Ikey" Karel leads the Badgers to victory in 1894
Link to article: An 1897 bamboo bicycleAn 1897 bamboo bicycle
Link to artifacts: Brett Favre jersey, 2005Brett Favre jersey, 2005
Link to artifacts: An Aqualand water ski used for slalom skiingAn Aqualand water ski used for slalom skiing
Link to artifacts: Baseball uniform of Wittenberg's own Bill Gates, 1922Baseball uniform of Wittenberg's own Bill Gates, 1922
Link to artifacts: "Red" Schoendienst's World Series bat, 1957"Red" Schoendienst's World Series bat, 1957
Link to artifacts: Memorabilia from the Milwaukee Braves, 1953-1965Memorabilia from the Milwaukee Braves, 1953-1965
Link to book: Green Bay Packers game programs, 1939-1965Green Bay Packers game programs, 1939-1965
Link to book: Green Bay Packers Yearbooks from the Lombardi EraGreen Bay Packers Yearbooks from the Lombardi Era
Link to book: Yearbooks and scorecards from the Racine BellesYearbooks and scorecards from the Racine Belles
Link to book: Pre-season media guides to the 1966-1967 Green Bay Packers teamsPre-season media guides to the 1966-1967 Green Bay Packers teams
Link to book: Bowling souvenir from the 1895 tournament seasonBowling souvenir from the 1895 tournament season
Link to book: A review of the 1878-79 curling season for Milwaukee and PortageA review of the 1878-79 curling season for Milwaukee and Portage
Link to book: The Pneumatic, a progressive monthly paper for cyclistsThe Pneumatic, a progressive monthly paper for cyclists
Link to book: The Oshkosh Base Ball Club from 1872-1913The Oshkosh Base Ball Club from 1872-1913
Link to book: Yearbooks from the Milwaukee BravesYearbooks from the Milwaukee Braves
Link to book: A celebration of the Lombardi Era, 1959-67A celebration of the Lombardi Era, 1959-67
Link to book: The sports and games of IndiansThe sports and games of Indians
Link to images: Pictures relating to the Green Bay PackersPictures relating to the Green Bay Packers
Link to images: Memorabilia from the Green Bay Packers, 1944-1968Memorabilia from the Green Bay Packers, 1944-1968
Link to images: Photographs of Wisconsin bowlersPhotographs of Wisconsin bowlers
Link to images: Photographs of Wisconsin golfersPhotographs of Wisconsin golfers
Link to images: Images of baseball in Wisconsin, 1900-1965Images of baseball in Wisconsin, 1900-1965
Link to images: A women's curling team in MadisonA women's curling team in Madison
Link to images: A performance by members of the Madison Turnverein, 1939A performance by members of the Madison Turnverein, 1939
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