"a dart or javelin, smaller and lighter than the long spear, and thrown by means of a thong, or amentum"-Whitney, 1902

Acontium

"a dart or javelin, smaller and lighter than the long spear, and thrown by means of a thong, or amentum"-Whitney,…

This image depicts a ball game during the summer in San Sebastian, Spain.

Ball Game

This image depicts a ball game during the summer in San Sebastian, Spain.

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one picture of which we are instructed that the loser was obliged to suffer another to ride on her back." — Goodrich, 1844

Egyptian ball game

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one…

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one picture of which we are instructed that the loser was obliged to suffer another to ride on her back." — Goodrich, 1844

Egyptian ball game

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one…

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one picture of which we are instructed that the loser was obliged to suffer another to ride on her back. Some of these identical balls have been found in the tombs at Thebes." — Goodrich, 1844

Egyptian ball

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one…

A baseball player ready at bat.

Baseball Player

A baseball player ready at bat.

A boy playing baseball.

Boy playing baseball

A boy playing baseball.

An illustration of a woman and two children canoeing.

Family Canoeing

An illustration of a woman and two children canoeing.

Leather thong or bandage, often covered with lead and iron, anciently worn by Roman pugilist to increase the force of the blow.

Cestus

Leather thong or bandage, often covered with lead and iron, anciently worn by Roman pugilist to increase…

Cricket is a bat-and-ball team sport that originated in England and is now played in more than 100 countries. A cricket match is contested by two teams, usually of eleven players each and is played on a grass field in the centre of which is a flat strip of ground 22 yards (20 m) long called a pitch. A wicket, usually made of wood, is placed at each end of the pitch and used as a target. The bowler, a player from the fielding team, bowls a hard leather, fist-sized, 5.5 ounces (160 g) cricket ball from the vicinity of one wicket towards the other, which is guarded by the batsman, a player from the opposing team. The ball usually bounces once before reaching the batsman. In defence of his wicket, the batsman plays the ball with a wooden cricket bat. Meanwhile, the other members of the bowler's team stand in various positions around the field as fielders, players who retrieve the ball in an effort to stop the batsman scoring runs, and if possible to get him or her out. The batsman — if he or she does not get out — may run between the wickets, exchanging ends with a second batsman (the "non-striker"), who has been stationed at the other end of the pitch. Each completed exchange of ends scores one run. Runs are also scored if the batsman hits the ball to the boundary of the playing area. The match is won by the team that scores more runs.

Cricket Field

Cricket is a bat-and-ball team sport that originated in England and is now played in more than 100 countries.…

A diagram of the arrangement and measurements of a croquet ground.

Croquet Ground

A diagram of the arrangement and measurements of a croquet ground.

The curling stone, or rock, weighs a maximum of 44 lb (20 kg). It has a maximum allowable circumference of 36 inches (0.9 m). A stone may be a maximum of 4.5 inches (11.43 cm) in height not including the handle. The handle is attached to the stone by means of a bolt, which runs vertically through a hole in the center of the stone. The handle allows the rock to be gripped and rotated upon release

Curling Stone

The curling stone, or rock, weighs a maximum of 44 lb (20 kg). It has a maximum allowable circumference…

Also known as Discobolus. The Discus Thrower is a famous, ancient bronze statue that demonstrates a man participating in an ancient sport.

The Discus Thrower

Also known as Discobolus. The Discus Thrower is a famous, ancient bronze statue that demonstrates a…

A skater demonstrating a figure eight.

Figure Eight

A skater demonstrating a figure eight.

A figure skater demonstrating a maneuver with the outside edge of his skate forward.

Figure skater

A figure skater demonstrating a maneuver with the outside edge of his skate forward.

A figure skater executing a figure three turn.

Figure three

A figure skater executing a figure three turn.

An illustration of a man fishing with books by his side.

Man Fishing

An illustration of a man fishing with books by his side.

This spoon form combination can also refer to a spork, or foon. A hybrid form of cutlery which takes the form of a spoon like scoop featuring three or four fork tines.

Combination Spoon and Fork

This spoon form combination can also refer to a spork, or foon. A hybrid form of cutlery which takes…

An illustration of a group of men riding horses and fox hunting.

Fox Hunting

An illustration of a group of men riding horses and fox hunting.

A golfer at the end of a swing.

Golfer

A golfer at the end of a swing.

A man playing golf, with his wife and young caddy.

Golfers

A man playing golf, with his wife and young caddy.

A glove used in the sport hawking, employed to protect ones hand and wrist from the talons and beak of the hawk rest on it.

Hawking Glove

A glove used in the sport hawking, employed to protect ones hand and wrist from the talons and beak…

A group of falconers in the Middle Ages.

Hawking party

A group of falconers in the Middle Ages.

An illustration of a man riding a horse and jumping over a fence.

Horse Jumping Over Fence

An illustration of a man riding a horse and jumping over a fence.

"The horse-race." — Smith, 1882

Horse-race

"The horse-race." — Smith, 1882

A figure on horseback.

Horseback rider

A figure on horseback.

A figure on horseback.

Horseback rider

A figure on horseback.

An illustration of a man hunting rabbits with two dogs.

Man Hunting with Dogs

An illustration of a man hunting rabbits with two dogs.

Fox hunting is an activity involving the tracking, chase, and sometimes killing of a fox, traditionally a red fox, by trained foxhounds or other scent hounds, and a group of followers led by a master of foxhounds, who follow the hounds on foot or on horseback.

Fox Hunting

Fox hunting is an activity involving the tracking, chase, and sometimes killing of a fox, traditionally…

Fox hunting is an activity involving the tracking, chase, and sometimes killing of a fox, traditionally a red fox, by trained foxhounds or other scent hounds, and a group of followers led by a master of foxhounds, who follow the hounds on foot or on horseback.

Fox Hunting

Fox hunting is an activity involving the tracking, chase, and sometimes killing of a fox, traditionally…

This is an illustration of a baseball game. Baseball is played on a large field that has four bases laid out in a square, positioned like a diamond, whose outlines mark the course a runner must take to score. Teams alternate positions as batters and fielders, exchanging places when three members of the batting team are put out. Batters try to hit a pitched ball out of reach of the fielding team and complete a circuit around the bases in order to score a run.

Baseball Game Illustration

This is an illustration of a baseball game. Baseball is played on a large field that has four bases…

"From a very remote period, the Greeks had been accustomed to engage in contests of strength and agility during their times of festivity, and also at the funerals of distinguised persons. Iphitus conceived the idea of establishing a periodical festival in his own dominions, for the celebration of these ancient games, and of religious rites in honor of Jupiter and Hercules; and, having obtained the authority of the Delphinian oracle for carrying his design into execution, he instituted the festival, and appointed that it should be repeated every fourth year, at Olympia, a town of Elis." — Goodrich, 1844

Victors at the Olympic Games

"From a very remote period, the Greeks had been accustomed to engage in contests of strength and agility…

An illustration of a man running.

Man Running

An illustration of a man running.

Two figures play tennis across the road from a pair of sparsely distributed houses.

Rural residential area

Two figures play tennis across the road from a pair of sparsely distributed houses.

A tennis player.

Tennis player

A tennis player.

A figure skater demonstrating "the loop".

The loop

A figure skater demonstrating "the loop".

A figure skater executing a figure "s" maneuver.

The Serpentine

A figure skater executing a figure "s" maneuver.

An illustration of a woman chasing a ball.

Woman Chasing Ball

An illustration of a woman chasing a ball.