Here’s the premiere of the dreaded Shea Stadium.


By Herbert Shuldiner

CASEY STENGEL’S hapless New York Mets, holders of the worst baseball record in history, now have the newest park in the nation. The ancient manager hopes this will finally put his team in the winning column. But even if it doesn’t, towering new Shea Stadium, an $18,000,000 convertible ball park opening this month, will be one of the most convenient sports arenas in the world.

Build this Basketball Scoreboard for your Gym (Jan, 1933)

Build this Basketball Scoreboard for your Gym

Spectators at your school or club basketball games will get a bigger kick out of the battle if they can keep an eye on this electric scoreboard, which tells at a glance how the game stands and how much time is left to play. Take the idea to your coach— he’ll welcome it.


THERE is a distinct advantage, from the spectators’ interest standpoint, In having a scoreboard controlled directly from the officials’ table, so that the official score and time left to play can instantly be flashed before the spectators as the game progresses.

The electric scoreboard described in this article is operated by means of a control box from the officials’ table and the score, and other information, is flashed on the board by means of sections of lamps, certain sections of lights in various combinations making up the required number to indicate the score, whatever it may be.

Huge Vacuum Cleaner Sweeps Golf Links to Find Balls (Apr, 1932)

Huge Vacuum Cleaner Sweeps Golf Links to Find Balls

SEARCH for golf balls lost in dried cut grass may no longer be a bugbear to golfers, thanks to a giant vacuum sweeper, recently invented, that picks up leaves, grass, paper, etc., from fairways.

Utilizing the principles of the ordinary household cleaner the unique machine, shown above, is capable of clearing debris from nine golf fairways in one day.

A “planer blower,” mounted on a trailer, furnishes the suction, drawing the debris with such force that it is blown through a long pipe into a cage built on a motor truck. An old automobile motor mounted on the trailer furnishes power for the blower.

Robot Twirler – ‘Iron Man’ Pitcher (Aug, 1953)

Robot Twirler – ‘Iron Man’ Pitcher
“OVERHAND JOE,” batting practice hurler for the Pittsburgh Pirates and other clubs, is shorter than Bobby Shantz, three times as heavy as Bobo New-som and can pitch a ball faster than the Yankees’ Allie Reynolds. He pitches every nine seconds—has a 90-day warranty.

ROLLER DERBY (Dec, 1948)


It is a teeth-jarring sport for skaters who race 30 miles every night

To 17 million Americans who occasionally clamp on a pair of roller skates the sport means nothing more than a casual evening at the local rink, gliding along to easy organ rhythms and perhaps taking a harmless pratfall when jounced by an exhibitionist. To the husky young men pictured here, however, it is a highly professional undertaking.

Foot Scales Weigh Golf Strokes (Aug, 1931)

Foot Scales Weigh Golf Strokes
WEIGHING each foot of a golfer while he is addressing and striking the ball is the unique scheme recently employed to compute the weight of the force put into a drive by such golf experts as Bobby Jones. The scales tell whether he puts more weight on the left foot than on the right. In the test, conducted as shown in the above photo, it was found that the right foot bore the greatest burden.

Air Sweeps Dust off Home Plate (Nov, 1939)

Air Sweeps Dust off Home Plate

Baseball umpires can throw away their whisk brooms if an automatic home-plate duster recently invented is generally adopted. When the device is placed in operation, a valve built into the plate rises and a blast of compressed air sweeps it clean of dust and dirt, as shown in the photograph below.

Speeding Auto Tows Aquaplane (Jul, 1934)

Speeding Auto Tows Aquaplane
DOWN in Florida, where good roads often parallel the water for miles at a stretch, aquaplane enthusiasts have invented a new sports thrill. Selecting a stretch of water whose banks are not lined with trees, the thrill-seekers hitch an aquaplane to a speeding automobile with a long tow rope. In the absence of motor boat wash, great speed may be attained by the rider.

Cyclists Maneuver Galloping Bikes in Novel Polo Match (Jul, 1934)

Cyclists Maneuver Galloping Bikes in Novel Polo Match

A POLO game is seldom dull, but when galloping bicycles are substituted for the traditional steeds, the fun begins.
A polo match on bicycles was a feature of a recent cycling meet at Heme Hill, London, England.

Spills were frequent as riders literally tossed their cycles about the course in pursuit of the elusive white ball.

The elongated “croquet” mallets proved rather dangerous weapons as they were swung wildly about in the faster scrimmages. Riders chose to wear “crash” helmets just in case things should get rough.

Golf Club Cart Abolishes Caddy (Dec, 1933)

Golf Club Cart Abolishes Caddy

A NEW golf club cart now on the market may relegate the caddy to oblivion, along with the telegrapher, the movie theatre musician and the horse.

The cart is built along the lines of the truck commonly employed in wheeling boxed goods. The golf bag straps to the handle, its bottom resting on a small platform.

When moving the clubs from one hole to another, the golfer simply takes the cart in tow and wheels along over the fairway to the next tee.