Bonus

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Guests of New York Sports Tours' NEW YORK GAME CHANGERS experience receive a private password during the tour.

When the guests click the above link and use the password, they are taken to a private bonus site.

The site features exclusive and rare content not seen on the tour, including the extras outlined below.


Bonus Mini-Documentaries

These six exclusive mini-documentaries each tie in to a place on the tour route and can only be seen by those who have taken the NEW YORK GAME CHANGERS tour ride.

These mini-documentaries complement the 32 others that are shown on the tour ride. Four of the six bonus mini-documentaries are narrated by Mary Carillo.
 

ORIGINAL CELTICS

A basketball team founded in Manhattan in 1918 with original players from a city team called the Celtics, the Original Celtics were considered the world's best basketball team and major on-court innovators.

The mini-documentary complements one shown on the tour ride at the Sixth Avenue location of the team's home court in the mid-1930s. The team was then promoted as the Kate Smith Celtics, named for the popular singer who was a team co-owner. 

The bonus story includes a look at the New York Renaissance, an all-black city team not allowed to join the sport's first major league. In protest, Original Celtics star center Joe Lapchick and his team refused to join the league. Lapchick become the second head coach of the New York Knicks and signed the Knicks' first black player, Nat Clifton.
 

SPORTS MEDIA

Sports media based in New York have had a major impact on sports and other fields and on how news is produced and presented. 

Connected to a historic Lexington Avenue townhouse visible from the tour route, the story examines the rise of sports media in the city, including a visit to the 1830s, when the first news publication to prioritize sports was launched. 

The story's personalities include New York Journal publisher William Randolph Hearst and a sportswriter Hearst hired in 1905, Thomas A. Dorgan. TAD, as Dorgan was known, introduced sayings now widely popular in and out of sports.
 

Midtown Manhattan | August 16, 1954

Midtown Manhattan | August 16, 1954

A.C. GILBERT

After a gold-medal performance in the pole vault at the 1908 Olympics, A.C. Gilbert became a successful inventor of sports and toy products and the host of the first-ever sports radio show.

The mini-documentary traces breakthrough work Gilbert did in midtown Manhattan, shows why he earned the nickname The Man Who Saved Christmas, and ties in to a tour location at the Flatiron District building that was his company's Gilbert Hall of Science.
 

Branch Rickey

Branch Rickey

BRANCH RICKEY

A New York Highlanders baseball player and Brooklyn Dodgers executive, Branch Rickey left a legacy that includes the ending of segregation in Major League Baseball and the introduction of modern statistical analysis in sports.

The story features a tour location near Herald Square that played a role in Rickey's breaking of baseball's color barrier.

Also shown is a rare 13-second high-definition color film clip of Jackie Robinson — the player Rickey welcomed to the Dodgers in 1947 to integrate the sport — talking about Rickey's contributions.

The story also shares other sports history that occurred at the tour location and beyond, including the impact of soccer legend Pelé's playing days for the New York Cosmos.

The film complements another shown on the tour, about how New York sports helped trigger breakthroughs for civil rights nationwide.
 

New York Turners

New York Turners

TURNVEREINS

Midtown Manhattan is the birthplace of interscholastic sports competition and leagues. These developments were triggered by Turners, also known as '48ers, Germanic immigrants who arrived in New York in and around 1848.

 The '48ers introduced a venue with athletic equipment known as a turnverein (German for "gymnastics club"). Turnvereins spread, igniting a sports participation movement.

This mini-documentary is associated with a incident that occurred in 1863 at a Fifth Avenue address on the tour route.
 

NEW JERSEY GENERALS

This story of professional football's now-defunct New Jersey Generals starts at a venue on the tour route and covers the impact Generals owner Donald Trump had on the team and the sport.

The narrative also traces the role sports in Greater New York played in Trump's path to the presidency of the United States.

Theodore Roosevelt, the only New York City native to become president before Trump, is featured at multiple tour locations.


Venues

Based on relevancy to the tour narrative, New York Sports Tours periodically adds to the password-protected site unique and exclusive video, photography and other content from sports facilities and other venues.

SAMPLE: POLO GROUNDS

The Polo Grounds in Manhattan is shown on this 1951 New York City subway map and in the adjacent footage shot from the Bronx. The venue, which served as home to many sports events and to professional baseball's New York Giants, New York Yankees and New York Mets and professional football's New York Giants, New York Titans and New York Jets, was demolished in 1964. Yankee Stadium is also included on this part of the map.

The Polo Grounds in Manhattan is shown on this 1951 New York City subway map and in the adjacent footage shot from the Bronx.

The venue, which
 served as home to many sports events and to professional baseball's New York Giants, New York Yankees and New York Mets and professional football's New York Giants, New York Titans and New York Jets, was demolished in 1964.

Yankee Stadium is also included on this part of the map.

Manhattan's Polo Grounds, first located near Central Park, was relocated to near the Harlem River in the late 19th century. The venue, demolished in 1964, is shown at its final location above on a 1951 subway map and in the adjacent footage shot from the Bronx. Yankee Stadium is also plotted on the map.

The Polo Grounds is depicted on the below postcard before a 1911 fire led to reconstruction of the venue. The facility served as home to many sports events (including the 1947 Negro World Series, featured below) and to professional baseball's New York Giants, New York Yankees and New York Mets and professional football's New York Giants, New York Titans and New York Jets.


Historic Items

Rare items from New York sports history are available for guests to hold on each NEW YORK GAME CHANGERS tour ride. These original items are part of the tour narrative.

SAMPLE: NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB

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This handcrafted medal was presented to Fred W. Stone for his second-place finish in the running long jump in the world's first indoor track meet.

Staged at the now-defunct Empire City Skating Rink in Manhattan in 1868 as the first sports event of the New York Athletic Club, the meet marks the beginning of competitive amateur sports in the United States. Awards were issued to the top two finishers in each of 14 events.

The storied New York Athletic Club was founded two months before the meet at a location on the tour route.

Stone would tie the world record and set the American record in the 100-yard dash and become track coach at Columbia University in Manhattan.

Tour Personalities

Through mini-documentaries and other content, the NEW YORK GAME CHANGERS experience helps bring to life more than 200 figures from sports history.

Unique and exclusive video and photographs of many these personalities are featured on the guests-only bonus site. 

As further service to our guests, the tour's mini-documentaries and personalities are listed in order of their appearance on the tour ride.

Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson