Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2000: Waneek Miller poses for TIME

Waneek Horn-Miller, a Mohawk from Kahnawake, Québec, was a key member of the Canadian Women's Water Polo team that won gold at the 1999 Pan Am Games. Voted MVP, Waneek became co-captain and proudly led her team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Horn-Miller, grabbed national attention after posing nude for the cover of Time magazine.
Source:
TIME magazine- Canada, 2000

1996: Naked Power – Amazing Grace

Cover of LIFE magazine of July 1996 presenting four members of the US team that played in Atlanta 1996 Olympics. From L-R: Rick McNair, Alex Rousseau, Chris Humbert, Chris Duplanty.
Source: LIFE, July 1996; Photo by Joe McNally

Monday, December 29, 2008

2.500 Posts

On May 11th 2007, “Water Polo Legends” have started to look back into the past, with aim to reveal the great History of our Sport. Today, “600 days” later, on the occasion of “2.500 posts” we would like to thank you for your interest to share with us the passion for Water Polo.

1902: Women’s Water Polo in Yorkville, New York

Extract from the “Evening World – New York August 18, 1902): Girls Swimmers form Water Polo team and want to be challenged; There are many young women who are expert swimmers and up to a hard, long race, but until recently Water Polo was considered a sport entirely too strenuous for the strength and endurance of the fair sex. Water Polo is perhaps best described as a game in which the players almost drown each other.
And yet up at Alex Meffert’s Yorkville Baths, on the East River there are dozens girls who play Water Polo and play it well. Meffert who was an amateur champion and afterward coach and instructor of the famous Knickerbocker Athletic Club, has taught these girls the fine points of the game.......
Source: The Evening World – New York August 18, 1902

1907: The team of Chicago Athletic Association

The team of Chicago Athletic Association in 1907. From L-R: Healy, Laughlin, Lochde, Durand, McConnell, Laidzik, Kehoo.
Source: New York Daily Tribune, 23 February 1907

1907: The team of New York Athletic Club

The team of New York Athletic Club in 1907. Standing L-R: G.D.Trubenbach, L.B.Goodwin, Professor Sunderstrom (instructor), J.B.Naething, E.E. Wenck Jr. Seated L-R: J.A.Ruddy, Ogden M.Raid, Captain L.De B. Handely, James Steen.
Source: New York Daily Tribune, Monday 22nd July 1907

1906: Grand final at the New York Athletic Club

Action during the final of the 1906 US Championship held at the pool of New York Athletic Club. Chicago Athletic Association defeated New York Athletic Club (the Winged Foot team) with 4 goals to 3.
Source: New York Daily Tribune, Sunday 25th February 1906

1906: The team of New York Athletic Club

The team of New York Athletic Club (NYAC) in 1906. Top row L-R: J.W.Spencer, E.E.Wenck Jr., Gus Sundstrom, O.M.Reld, C.D.Trubenbach. Lower row L-R: F.Naething, L.B.Godwin, L. De B. Handley, James Steen, D.H. Hesser, L.S.Crane.
Source: New York Daily Tribune, Sunday 25th February 1906

1907: Andrew Carnegie’s gift to Yale

The pool of Yale University, built with contribution of Mr. Andrew Carnegie. Extract from New York Times of 24th January 1907. The pool has been inaugurated on February 1910.
Source:
New York Times; 24th January 1907. Photo of the pool: Yale’s digital archives.

1910: Match of Yale against Pennsylvania

Water Polo match held on February 1910, at the newly built swimming pool at Yale University between Yale and Pennsylvania. The pool, constructed with donation of Mr. Andrew Carnegie, was later on named as “Carnegie pool”.
Source:
New York Tribune; 27 February 1910

1910: The team of Yale University

The Water Polo team of YALE University, USA in 1910. Standing L-R: Harper, Howe, Princel. Sitting L-R: Gordy, Church, Richards.
Source: New York Tribune; 27 February 1910

Sunday, December 28, 2008

1952, Helsinki: Ball signed by the US players

Ball signed by the US players that took part in Helsinki 1952 Olympic Games: Harry Bisbey, Ace Burns, Bob Hughes, Ed Jaworski, Jim Norris, Bill Lake, Jack Spargo, Bob Kohler, Bill Kooistra, Bill Dorblaser, Pete Stange.
Source: Preserving Sports Heritage. Art and Artifacts from the Collection of the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles - edited by Karen R. Goddy

1992, Barcelona: Ball signed by the US players

Ball signed by the US players that took part in Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games: John Tanner, Guy Baker, Chris Duplanty, John Vargas, Alex Rouseau,Mike Sutton, Jeff Cambell, Mike Evans, Charles Harris, Kirk Everist, Erich Fisher, Terry Schroeder, Doug Kimbell, Chris Humbert, Craig Klass and Craig Wilson.
Source: Preserving Sports Heritage. Art and Artifacts from the Collection of the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles - edited by Karen R. Goddy

Saturday, December 27, 2008

1904: The team of Yale University

The Water Polo team of Yale University, New Haven – Connecticut in 1904.
Source:
Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society. This picture is for viewing purposes only. No reproduction or distribution rights are granted.

Friday, December 26, 2008

1896: The pioneers of Newcastle FSC, Australia

The pioneers Water Polo team of the Newcastle Federal Swimming Club, New South Wales Australia in 1896.
Source:
http://librariesaustralia.nla.gov.au/

1956, Melbourne: action during Hungary vs USSR

Action during the game of Hungary vs USSR in Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. The centre forward of the Soviet team Pyotr Mshvenieradze is marked by the captain of the Hungarian team Dezső Gyarmati.
Photo: http://librariesaustralia.nla.gov.au/

1956, Melbourne: B.Rajki and P. Mshvenieradze

Two great personalities: the coach of Hungary Bela Rajki and the captain of USSR team Pyotr Mshvenieradze during Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games.
Source:
“Bodnoe Polo” Mikchail Ryzhak.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

1956, Melbourne: Hungarian tactical preparations

The legendary Hungarian coach Bela Rajki explaining the tactics to his players prior to a game during Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. Source: French TV documentary

video

1956, Melbourne: USSR tactical preparations

The Soviet coach B.Uzakov explaining the tactics to his players V. Kourenov, V. Prokopov, B. Markarov during Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games.
Source:
“Bodnoe Polo” Mikchail Ryzhak.

1956, Melbourne: Players of the USSR team

Group of USSR players in Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. From L-R: P. Breous, V. Prokopov, P. Mshvenieradze, M. Ryzhak, B. Markarov.
Source: “Bodnoe Polo” Mikchail Ryzhak.

1965: The silver Soviet Union team

The team of USSR silver medallist in the 1965 University games held in Budapest. Standing L-R: R. Ziaziava, L.Mechkov, E.Eropov, N,Grabovski, N.Kalznikov, B.Hot, Boris Popov, Leonid Osipov. Kneeling L-R: IO Kolomnia, B.Kuznekov, B.Somov, B. Pizkev.
Source: Bodnoe Polo, Michail Rizak.

1958: The Champions of Dynamo Moscow

The team of Dynamo Moscow winner of the 1958 USSR Championship. From R-L: Malin (coach), P. Mishvenieradze, M.Rizak, G.Harebov, B.Grisin, IO Chliapin, A.Kartaziev, IO Grigorovski, B.Nobikov, B.Kapmanov, N.Maliev.Source: Bodnoe Polo, Michail Rizak.

1954: The vice Champions of Dynamo Moscow

The team of Dynamo Moscow 2nd in the USSR Championship of 1954.
Source:
Bodnoe Polo, Michail Rizak.

1954: The Champions of CDKA Moscow

The team of CDKA of Moscow winner of the USSR Championship in 1954.
Source:
Bodnoe Polo, Michail Rizak.

1950: The team of CDKA Moscow

The team of CDKA of Moscow (later became CSKA Moscow - Central Sports Club of Army) winner of the 1950 Soviet Cup. The players: E.Precc, P.Kondratiev, B.Popkov, A.Comov, L.Kistrobski, N.Dimitriev, D.Popov, B.Azarov.
Source: Bodnoe Polo, Michail Rizak.

1942: The team of “Gymnasia y Esgrima”

The team of “Gymnasia y Esgrima”, that took part in the 1st division winter Championship of Argentina in 1942. From L-R: L.Diez, C.Sos, H.Caputo, F.Trimboli, O.Sos, R.Leyendo, M.Pombo, J.Fraga, R.Gomez, Suso and J.Farulla.
Source: El Grafico, 9 October 1942

1942: “Asociacion Cristiana de Jovenes”

The team of “Asociacion Cristiana de Jovenes”, Buenos Aires, and winner of the 1st division winter Championship of Argentina in 1942. From L-R: J.Volk, C.Estarellas, H.Goussies, V.Esposito, C.Sanchez, J.Accinelli, J.Edo, A.Estela, A.Balsa and A.Monforte.
Source: El Grafico, 9 October 1942

1942: The team of “Gymnasia y Esgrima”

The team of “Gymnasia y Esgrima”, Buenos Aires, and finalist of the 2nd division winter Championship of Argentina in 1942.
Source: El Grafico, 25 September 1942

1942: The team of “Ateneo de la Juventud”

The team of “Ateneo de la Juventud” winner of the 2nd division winter Championship of Argentina in 1942. In the final game they won “Club Gymnasia y Esgrima” with 4-1.
Source:
El Grafico, 25 September 1942

1942: The team of “Club Bigua” Uruguay

The team of “Club Bigua de Villa Biarritz” Uruguay that played several friendly games in the pool of "Association Cristiana de Jovenes" in Buenos Aires in 1942.
Source:
El Grafico, 25 September 1942

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

1942: The “Argentinean rules” in Chile

Extract from the magazine “El Grafico” of April 3rd, 1942: “Banco de la Nacion” brings the new Water Polo rules in Chile”; “The Argentinean style of playing is more clear, faster and spectacular. Spectators liked it since the game becomes mobile, with less fouls or fouls being punished severely.....”.
Source: El Grafico, 3 April 1942

1942: The team of “Banco de la Nacion” in Chile

The team of “Banco de la Nacion” of Buenos Aires that visited Chile in 1942 in order to promote the new Water Polo rules proposed by the Argentinean Federation. The team: Rodriguez, Danza, Montefinale, Cataneo, Uhia, Elorza, Deymonnaz, Bergers, Breen and Carpio.
Source: El Grafico, 3 April 1942

1941: The Champions of “Gimnasia y Esgrima”

The team of Gimnasia y Esgrima winner of the 1941 Seniors Championship in Argentina. In the final game “Gimnasia y Esgrima” won against “Asociacion Cristiana de Jovenes “with 5-4. The team: C.Sos, C.Castro Feijoo, J.Moreau, M.Zuckermandl, B.Leyendo, A.Williams Camet, J.Moron and R. Perez.
Source: El Grafico, January 1941

1941: The Juniors of Obras Sanitarias

The Juniors team of Obras Sanitarias, Buenos Aires winner of the 1941 National Juniors Championship. In the final game Obras Sanitarias won against the team of River Plate with 4-2. From L-R: Ricardo Scarrone, Carlos Zugazaga, Pablo Sorensen, Matias Amstutz, Enrique Bonel, Gualeo Periale, Camilo Rivada, Marty Vidal and R.Cambicchio.
Source: El Grafico, January 1941

1941: The Juniors of River Plate

The Juniors team of River Plate, Argentina that took part in the 1941 National Juniors Championship, held at the pool of Hindu Club, Buenos Aires. From L-R: C.Vidal, D.Cepeda, A.Vera, J.Richien, A.Koernisbey and A. Cabrera.
Source: El Grafico, January 1941

1941: The Juniors of Ateneo de la Junventud

The Juniors team of Ateneo de la Junventud, Argentina that took part in the 1941 National Juniors Championship, held at the pool of Hindu Club, Buenos Aires. From L-R: V.Ribas, E.Bergalli, A.Mallieza, E.Aguirre, A.Devoto, I.Badi.
Source: El Grafico, January 1941

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

1929: The National team of Germany

The National team of Germany, winner in Amsterdam 1928 Olympics, that took part in the International tournament of Budapest from 14 to 20 August 1929.
Source: Le miroir des Sports, 13 August 1929

1929: The National team of France

The National team of France that took part in the International tournament of Budapest from 14 to 20 August 1929. The French team was composed by players of the Champion team of “Enfants de Neptune de Tourcoing”.
Source: Le miroir des Sports, 13 August 1929

1929 : The National team of Hungary

The National team of Hungary that took part in the International tournament of Budapest from 14 to 20 August 1929 facing the teams of Germany, Belgium, France, Sweden and Great Britain. Fourth from left the legendary "one leg player" Oliver Halassy.
Source: Le miroir des Sports, 13 August 1929

1939: France – Belgium 25th anniversary

Swimming exhibition during the 25th anniversary of the Water Polo and Swimming competitions between the teams of France and Belgium held at the pool of “Enfants de Neptune de Tourcoing” in 1939. France won the match with 2-0 while the legendary veteran Henri Padou played his 106th International game.
Source:
Le miroir des Sports; 4 July 1939.

1930’s: Biscotti Water Polo of SAIWA

Beautiful tin box of the Italian biscuits firm of the 1930’s SAIWA: “BISCOTTI WATER POLO”.
Source: personal collection

1977: The team of ENOA, Greece

The team of ENO Egyptioton (ENOA), Greece in the Zappeion pool of Athens in 1977. Standing L-R: Sotiris Tzafolias (coach), Loukas Gerolemou, Yiannis Vossos, Dimitrios Miralis, , Giorgos Christofidis, Sfakianakis, Tolis Vossos, Michalis Constandinidis (team Manager). Kneeling L-R: Christos Christofidis, Giorgos Kokkinakis, Kakarnakis.
Source: courtesy of Mr. Dimitrios Miralis

1975: The team of Aghios Nikolaos, Crete

The team of Nautical Club of Aghios Nikolaos, of the island of Crete, Greece that took part in the B’ division Greek Championship held in Kavalla in 1975. With the coach Dimitrios Miralis (standing 2nd from L) the players Kanavakis, Fioretzis, Paterakis and others.
Source: courtesy of Mr. Dimitrios Miralis

1974: The team of EGO Heraklion, Crete

The team of E.G.O. Heraklion of the island of Crete, Greece that took part in the B’ division Greek Championship held in Rethymnon, Crete in 1974. Back row L-R: Kefalogiannis, Papaleonidas, Tatidis, Neokosmidis, Chatzakis. Fron row L-R: Yiannakis (President), Miralis, Kalokyris, Kokkinidis, Moschonas, Titeris.
Source: courtesy of Mr. Dimitrios Miralis

1968: The team of EGO Heraklion, Crete

The team of E.G.O. Heraklion of the island of Crete, Greece in 1968.Standing: Moschonas, Kokkninakis, Kalokyris, Neokosmidis, Silaidis. Kneeling L-R: Miralis, Evaggelinos.
Source: courtesy of Mr. Dimitrios Miralis

1966: The team of EGO Heraklion, Crete

The team of E.G.O. Heraklion of the island of Crete, Greece in the port of Heraclion in 1966.The players: Miralis, Moschonas, Silaidis, Neokosmidis, Kokkinakis, Evaggelinos, Kalokyris.
Source: courtesy of Mr. Dimitrios Miralis

1964: The team of EGO Heraklion, Crete

The team of E.G.O. Heraklion of the island of Crete, Greece in 1964. Standing L-R: Grammatikakis, Chatzakis, Neokosmidis, Grammatikakis, Tatidis. Kneeling L-R: Mitalis, Pediotis, Evaggelinos, Prokopakis.
Source: courtesy of Mr. Dimitrios Miralis

1931: The team of Rari Nantes Florentia

The team of Rari Nantes Florentia in 1931.
Source: Fiorentini in acqua d’Arno by G.Bonini and F.Cervellati

1930: Andrea Doria vs R.N.Florentia 5-1

Final game between the teams of Rari Nantes Florentia and Andrea Doria for the Italian Championship of 1930, won by Andrea Doria with 5-1. The competition was held in Genova, at the “porticciulo degli Abruzzi”. This was the 7th Championship title for the legendary team of Andrea Doria (1921, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1930 and 1931). The 1930 Andrea Doria team: Balla, Gavaglio, Niozzola, Berruto, Ambrosini, Della Casa and Mauro.
Source: Fiorentini in acqua d’Arno by G.Bonini and F.Cervellati

1930: The team of Rari Nantes Florentia

The team of Rari Nantes Florentia that took part in the Italian Championship of 1930, held in Genova at the “porticciulo degli Abruzzi”. The team: Dini, Manzoni, Valle, Picchioni, Banchelli, Landini.
Source: Fiorentini in acqua d’Arno by G.Bonini and F.Cervellati

1929: R.N. Florentia vs R.N. Milano

Match between the teams of Rari Nantes Florentia and Rari Nantes Milano for the 1929 Italian Championship held at the pool of the Stadium of the National Fascist Party (PNF, Partito Nazionale Fascista) in Rome, from 15 to 18 August 1929.
Source:
Fiorentini in acqua d’Arno by G.Bonini and F.Cervellati