June 20, 1965: “Young fans holding aloft bats they were given by the Yankees yesterday at the stadium,” read a caption the day after the team lost a double-header to the Minnesota Twins. The crowd, numbering 72,244, was the largest in four years, provoking the organist to serenade fans with the tune “We’re in the Money.” Photo: Ernie Sisto/The New York Times
Pictured: Mickey Mantle flings his hat in disgust — In this classic sports portrait, one of the greatest ever made of an athlete in decline, Mickey Mantle eloquently flings his batting helmet away in disgust after a weak at-bat in 1965. Slowed by seemingly endless injuries, Mantle hit only .255 and 19 home runs that season, and retired less than four years later.
Gene Fullmer receives a crushing right from Neal Rivers during their 10-round bout at Madison Square Garden. Fullmer, a former middleweight champion, would go on to win the bout by a majority decision.
In the days before radio, fans crowded Newspaper Row (a section of Washington Street downtown) to follow big games on the Globe’s scoreboard. Hundreds “watched” the Red Sox beat the New York Giants four games to three in the 1912 World Series. (photo dated Oct. 18, 1912)
The storefront even offered streaming multimedia of a kind: telegraph dispatches of boxing matches and baseball games were shouted out play by play through a pair of loudspeakers.
For Red Sox World Series appearances, a scaffold was built. Sports desk hacks stood on it to chalk up the scores for bowler-hatted crowds numbering in the hundreds. The signs even contained advertising.