Commentary

The athlete body, 1876-2009

After 100 years, the physical form of pros has changed more than you'd think

Updated: December 4, 2009, 4:03 PM ET
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine

For a visual presentation of the data Peter Keating used for this project, check out The Mag's interactive bodies timeline.


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Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.