Columbus Dispatch celebrates 150 years of sports writing


Two Columbus sports legends, Woody Hayes (left) and Jack Nicklaus in 1976 as seen in The Dispatch.

We were there on Nov. 1, 1890 when Ohio State played its first home football game. 

We were there on April 13, 1986 when Jack Nicklaus won his sixth green jacket.

We were there on Feb. 10, 1990 when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in Tokyo.

We were there for Woody’s hiring and firing, for the Blue Jackets’ birth and when the Crew was saved. We were there when tragedy struck Brittanie Cecil and when Archie Griffin found Heisman Trophy fame. Twice. We saw Katie Smith light up the basketball court and witnessed Desmond Howard darken the hearts of Buckeyes fans. We wrote about Ben Curtis returning with the Claret Jug.

Ohio State's running back Archie Griffin smiles as he poses with the 1975 Heisman Trophy, on Dec. 2, 1975, in New York City. Griffin also won in 1974.

For the past 150 years, The Columbus Dispatch was there. Attending games. Writing player profiles. Chronicling Columbus sports. 

We feel no need to provide evidence of the reporting that happened, but over the next 2,000 words we will prove it anyway.

No subject was too big or too small, whether celebrating a titan of industry or a middle school coach. Both deserved our coverage.


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