- Allen, Arly "The Boxer and the Duelist: The Origins of the Missouri Prizefight Law of 1874."
Missouri Historical Review 104 (July 2010): 213-232.
"Seeking the Great White Hope: Heavyweight Boxing in Springfield, 1910-1912."
Part 1: Missouri Historical Review 100 (April 2006): 159-173.
Part 2: Missouri Historical Review 100 (July 2006): 212-223.
- Bowen, Elbert R. "Amusements and Entertainments in Early Missouri."
Missouri Historical Review 47 (July 1953): 307-317.
"The Circus in Early Rural Missouri."
Missouri Historical Review 47 (October 1952): 1-17.
- Bowman, Larry G. "Christian Von der Ahe, the St. Louis Browns, and the World's Championship Playoffs, 1885-1888."
Missouri Historical Review 91 (July 1997): 385-405.
- Caldwell, Dorothy J. "Cyclists Raced for World Championship at Clarksville in 1887."
Missouri Historical Review 58 (April 1964): 290-308.
- Cash, Jon David "Chris Von der Ahe, the American Association versus National League Cultural War, and the Rise of Major-League Baseball."
Missouri Historical Review 109 (October 2014): 41-61.
- Dains, Mary K. "University of Missouri Football: The First Decade."
Missouri Historical Review 70 (October 1975): 20-54.
- Dickey, Lily Ann "The Pastimes of Missourians before 1900."
Missouri Historical Review 37 (January 1943): 134-149.
- Eckey, Lorelei F. "Shades of Empire: Beach-De Haven Home Talent Shows in Missouri."
Missouri Historical Review 70 (January 1985): 192-208.
- Giglio, James N. "Prelude to Greatness: Stanley Musial and the Springfield Cardinals of 1941."
Missouri Historical Review 90 (July 1996): 429-452.
- Havig, Alan "Mass Commercial Amusements in Kansas City before World War I."
Missouri Historical Review 75 (April 1981): 316-345.
- Huber, Patrick, and David Anderson "Butcherin' Up the English Language a Little Bit’: Dizzy Dean, Baseball Broadcasting, and the ‘School Marms’ Uprising’ of 1946."
Missouri Historical Review 96 (April 2002): 211-231.
- Kremer, Gary R., and Evan P. Orr "Lake Placid: A Recreational Center for Colored People in the Missouri Ozarks."
Missouri Historical Review 95 (October 2000): 68-85.
- Morrow, Lynn "Before Bass Pro: St. Louis Sporting Clubs on the Gasconade River."
Missouri Historical Review 99 (October 2004): 1-23.
"St. Louis Tourist-Sportsmen: Urban Clubs in the Wetlands."
Missouri Historical Review 97 (October 2002): 20-42.
- Owen, Mary Alicia "Social Customs and Usages in Missouri During the Last Century."
Missouri Historical Review 15 (October 1920): 176-190.
- Ryan, William James "Which Came First?—65 years of Broadcasting in Kansas City."
Missouri Historical Review 82 (July 1988): 408-423.
- Sculle, Keith A. "'Our Company Feels That the Ozarks Are a Good Investment’: The Pierce Pennant Tavern System."
Missouri Historical Review 93 (April 1999): 293-307.
- Seymour, Harold "St. Louis and the Union Baseball War."
Missouri Historical Review 51 (April 1957): 257-269.
- White, L. M. "The Heart of the Saddle Horse Story of Missouri."
Missouri Historical Review 50 (January 1956): 121-131.
Many of the State Historical Society’s holdings are included in Merlin, the shared library catalog of the four University of Missouri campuses. The Society holds numerous books and periodicals on the history of sports and recreation in Missouri. The broadest subject terms to search under are “Sports” and “Recreation.” More specific searches can also be done, such as “Outdoor recreation.”
The State Historical Society of Missouri’s collection of editorial cartoons began in 1946 with an important donation of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The collection has now grown to more than 8,000 works and includes many other well-known cartoonists such as Bill Mauldin and Tom Engelhardt. The works graphically and often poignantly reflect attitudes and opinions on contemporary local, national, and international events. Most of the cartoons in the Society's collection that touch upon the sports and recreational activities were drawn by Fitzpatrick and Engelhardt.
The State Historical Society's Historic Missourians website holds biographies on sports journalists Jack Buckand Harry Caray. The website also has a category devoted to athletes in Missouri. Each biography includes images, primary resources, and other references for further study.
The State Historical Society of Missouri manuscript collections contain papers and records of individuals and organizations involved in or promoting professional and amateur sports, as well as other leisure activities. As people acquired more leisure time through advancements in technology, both amateur and professional sports began to take off in popularity. Missourians also sought entertainment through amusements like the circus and movie theaters, as well as outdoor recreational activities such as camping or hunting. Examples of these collections include the Missouri Park and Recreation Association Records, an organization whose members sought to promote the general welfare of the people through a recreational program, and the Kansas City Monarchs Oral History Collection, a collection including interviews and correspondence of individuals associated with the Negro National League team.
Photographs of Missourians participating in sports and outdoor recreational activities can be found throughout the Society’s photograph collections. Documented activities and sports include baseball, boxing, wresting, bowling, camping, and picnicking.