Spectator Sports

A football fact you never knew, and other local sports secrets

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he first game in American Football League history was played in Boston on September 9, 1960, by the team then known as the Boston Patriots against the Denver Broncos at Boston University’s Nickerson Field (above, set up for the game). The homeless Patriots also played at Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park and BC’s Alumni Field. The AFL merged with the NFL in 1970. It’s only one of the little-known sports milestones in this best sports town in America. Here are some more:

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The disputed birthplace of American lawn tennis
 

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A museum about the pioneer of American golf
 

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The real city of champions isn’t the one you think
 

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An unknown museum devoted to a Boston sports first
 

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A shrine to Boston baseball, with championship wings
 

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A home to both a star athlete and a civil rights icon
 

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A little piece of baseball scandal right in Kenmore Square
 

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Where Boston’s other ballclub played
 

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The site of baseball’s first World Series is not where you think.
 

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One place to relive all of this city’s great sports moments  

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