In his article "Media Made Sport: A History of Sports Coverage in the U.S." a professor named Robert McChesney declares that the first newspaper sports department was established by the New York World in 1883. In 1895, according to McChesney, the very first sports section rolled off the presses of the competing New York Journal. He goes on to state in the article that by 1910 "virtually every paper gave prominent play to major sporting events." And so it continues today. In researching The Courant archives the very first page to have a distinct label that we could find occurred on Jan. 29, 1907. As you can see on that page displayed here, it was not all sports - a poultry show got prominent display - but it all came under the banner of SPORTS. Using that date as a starting point we decided to look at how the front page of The Courant sports section has evolved in the more than 107 years since, by taking a decade-by-decade view of each front page on the same date in 1917, 1927, 1937 and so on.
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