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Sports in the 1920's

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Became "America's National Pastime" during the 1920's.

Baseball
Major Sports in the 1920's
Boxing
Baseball
Tennis
Golf
Football
Babe Ruth
Hall of Fame baseball player
Played on the Orioles, Red Sox, Braves, and Yankees from 1914-1935
A member of 7 World Series-winning teams
Changed baseball from a grind it out style to a one of power and high-scoring, entertaining games
Became very popular amongst public after breaking hitting records
Saved baseball from losing popularity after "Black Sox scandal"
Gave the public hope during depression
Tennis
Sports in the 1920's
By: John N, Kevin D, Aaron S, Jack R, and Donell

Boxing
William “Jack” Harrison Dempsey- Heavyweight Champion from 1919-1926
Golf
Before the 1920's Golf was exclusive to the rich but then it became a sport the middle class could enjoy too
Dominant golfers of the 1920s where James Douglas Edgar, and Bobby Jones
Edgar won 3 PGA tour championships
Jones won 13 out of 20 championships
Most dominant golfers at the time were Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones
Sources

http://www.1920-30.com/sports/
http://famous101.com/famous-boxers-of-the-1920s
http://chicagohs.org/history/blacksox.html
Celebrate the Century Book

http://www.baberuth.com/biography/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Yankees
http://espn.go.com/mlb/worldseries/history/winners
http://www.americansportscastersonline.com/sportscastingfirsts.html
http://historyrat.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/baseballs-golden-age-which-one-is-it/

Since this era was before the television era, boxing matches became social events with many thousands in attendance, both men and women.
The "Black Sox"
1919 World Series: Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds
8 players on the White Sox were accused of throwing the Series
All 8 were suspended from playing for life
Nickname for the team became "Black Sox"
Famous Players involved in scandal were Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, and Eddie Cicotte
Played on the Yankees from 1923 to 1939
Most Career Grand Slams, 23
Nicknamed "The Iron Horse" for his 2,130 consecutive games played
His career was suddenly ended by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now called Lou Gehrig's disease.
He died in 1941.
New York Yankees
Won the World Series 3 times between 1920-30
1923, 1927 and 1928
The Yankees appeared in the World Series in 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, and 1928.
Best Baseball Team
Lou Gehrig
Football
The NFL (National Football League) was officially formed August 20th, 1920
The first eleven teams were Wheeling Stogies, West Buffalo, Pitcairn Quakers, Columbus Panhandles, Moline Universal Tractors, Muncie Flyers, All-Buffalo, Toledo Maroons, Chicago Cardinals, Cleveland Tigers.
Many American tennis players became international celebrities due to the number of tournaments in different countries around the world.
Helen Wills
Won 8 Wimbledon Championships, 4 French Championships, and 7 U.S. Championships between 1923 and 1938.

Bill Tilden
Considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Famous for his cannonball serve which was once clocked at 151 MPH.
He won 7 U.S. championships throughout his career.
Red Grange
Considered to be one of the best football players of the 1920's
Nickname: "Galloping Ghost"
He earned 16 Letters at Wheaton High School for basketball, baseball, track, and of course, football.
He played for the Chicago Bears and New York Yankees
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How Sports Were Followed
Most of the major sports began having their games broadcast at the beginning of the 1920's
First broadcast of a prizefight- September 6th, 1920
First broadcast of a baseball game- August 5th, 1921
People from all across the country were able to follow sports without having to attend the events
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