Grantland Rice Papers


Grantland Rice Papers


Vanderbilt University Special Collections


Vanderbilt University Special Collections




Sports journalism
Rice, Grantland, 1880-1954



Items in the Grantland Rice Papers Collection

[Grantland Rice at Microphone]
Grantland Rice became the first play-by-play announcer to be carried live on radio during the 1922 World Series. Going beyond the print media, Rice began broadcasting over radio regularly with the 1930s Coca-Cola Top Notchers. Over the course of the…

[President Warren G. Harding, Grantland Rice, Ring Lardner and Henry P. Fletcher]
Grantland Rice, 1880-1954, visiting with President Warren G. Harding, 1865-1923, Ring Lardner, 1885-1933, and Secretary of State Henry P. Fletcher, 1873-1959, at the White House. Rice played golf with the President a number of times. This photograph…

[Grantland Rice’s Typewriter]
This image depicts Grantland Rice’s Underwood typewriter. Over the years, Rice used a number of typewriters, including both portable and larger models such as this one. On July 13, 1954, Rice completed his story on Willie Mays and the All-Star game…

[Harold Edward “Red” Grange]
Nicknamed “The Galloping Ghost,” Red Grange, 1903-1991 played college football for the University of Illinois Bears. On October 18, 1924, Grange reached legendary status against the University of Michigan, who had not been beaten in 20 straight…

[Telegram to Grantland Rice]
In this telegram, Knute Rockne, 1888-1931 lists his choices for players who should be awarded All-American status. Rockne is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history and was a close friend of Rice’s. Grantland Rice…

[Babe Didrickson Zaharias Winning Her Race]
Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrickson Zaharias, 1911-1956, was an Olympic track and field medalist who was also one of the greatest women golfers of all time. Grantland Rice considered her one of the best athletes he’d known and had a great fondness…

[Here’s Where a Sporty Question Would Meet a Humorous Answer]
Ring Lardner, 1885-1933, and Grantland Rice, 1880-1954, pose at The Flamingo Hotel in Miami, Florida while on vacation. Lardner was good friends with Rice and co-wrote a Broadway comedy, June Moon, with George S. Kaufman for Rice’s daughter…

Santa Anita Park Press
The Santa Anita Park opened in 1934 and is the oldest racetrack in California. Grantland Rice was introduced to covering the racetrack in 1901 while working for the Nashville News. He spent the rest of his life writing about and enjoying horseracing.…