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 private site features exclusive and rare content not seen on the tour, including the extras outlined below.
These exclusive mini-documentaries, including three narrated by Mary Carillo, tie in to places on the tour ride
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 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.
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 Manhattan, shows why he earned the nickname The Man Who Saved Christmas, and ties in to a tour stop at the Flatiron District building that was his company's Gilbert Hall of Science.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 tour guests, the tour's mini-documentaries and personalities are listed in order of their appearance on the full tour ride.
On each NEW YORK GAME CHANGERS tour ride, rare items from New York sports history are available for guests to hold. These original items are part of the tour narrative.