A recent article in the New York Times identified a publication entitled the American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine as “America’s first sports periodical.”
If you are interested in seeing this precursor to the “swimsuit issue” and the modern U.S. sports journalism industry, the Washington and Lee University Library can help. We have a few printed issues of American Turf Register in Special Collections and the entire run of the magazine is available online through one of our databases. You also can page through the series via the online HathiTrust database.
Of local interest: The very first issue of the magazine included an article entitled “Washington: A Sportsman,” written by George W. P. Custis, from his Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington. George, that is.