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Popular Sports from the 50's
Transcript of Popular Sports from the 50's
Who could play these sports?
The NBA was integrated in 1950
Women could play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
In 1950 women were joining men on the golf course
Women's participation in baseball dwindled. The 1943 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League came to an end.
Althea Gibson becomes the first black women to compete in a national tennis tournament in 1950.
Girls were limited in in playing sports since people believed that they could not benefit from sport participation.
What was the pay like?
Major-League athletes earned between 4 and 6 times the average earnings of the population.
Minor-League athletes were underpaid, barely receiving minimum wage.
Popular High School sports
Going to high school football games was the most popular thing for teens to do
In Iowa, girls high school basketball became popular.
Girls basketball playoffs sold more than guys.
Poplar high school sports for girls were cheer leading and softball
Popular College Sports
College football was extremely popular in the 1950s
Track and Field was also popular in college.
What were conditions like?
Teammates shared equipment
Typical seasonal weather
Blue collar attitude
Small gyms for indoor sports
Major League Baseball was the most popular sport in the beginning of the 1950s.
NBA was integrated in 1950
Bicycling, bowling, fishing, swimming, golf and softball were also popular
Boxing became a major sport in the 1950s.
By the end of the 1950s the National Football League (NFL) was popular in the fall, and the National Basketball Association (NBA) was popular in the winter.
The olympics in 1952 and 1956 were popular because of the rivalry caused by the cold war.
In 1951 the MLB commissioner was fired and Jackie Robinson was signed
Bill Vukovich dies in a crash in 1955 race becoming one of the first to die in a major auto race.
Popular Professional Sports
The greatest heavyweight of the decade and the only undefeated heavyweight champion of all time.
Vivian Fleming scored 60 points at State Tournament semi-finals (73-71)
Joe Perry, football star in the 1950s and first African American MVP