At the turn of the 20th century, Stamford was fast becoming an industrial powerhouse, quickly earning its nickname of “The City That Works.” As manufacturing boomed and drew thousands of immigrants to the city, sports clubs formed at an equally rapid pace. Stamford’s large and thriving industrial league provided a means for those working six-day weeks to let off steam productively and enjoyably. Stamford Sports covers the history of sports in Stamford from its earliest baseball and basketball teams in the 1890s through the burgeoning of sports of all types for everyone, brought on by the passage of Title IX in the 1970s.
About the Author
The photographs and stories here have been compiled from the Stamford Historical Society’s photograph collection as well as contributions from individuals who have grown up and competed in Stamford. Tom Zoubek, curator and society director; Kathy Ciuci, its photo archivist; and Dan Burke, a society research volunteer, bring their love and passion of sports and their city to this endeavor.
Table of Contents
1 The Earliest Sports Photographs 9
2 A Diversity of Sport 19
3 Playing Fields of Stamford 31
4 On the Diamond 39
5 It Gets Hot on the Gridiron 63
6 Gyms, Tracks, and Other Fields of Glory 85
7 Women Play Ball 95
8 Stamford Sports Figures 111
About the Stamford Historical Society 127