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Transcript of 1950's Sports.
Cam Swan BASEBALL Baseball, otherwise known as America's pastime, was a huge sport and source of entertainment in the 1950's. Women athletes played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. For once, popularity was not based on social status, but on skill instead. BASEBALL The increasing popularity of televisions helped the sport to excel. This made it possible to watch the game from home on your own couch instead of paying admission to watch the game. Another thing about baseball is that it brought Americans, of different race, together and united the nation through a simple game. GOLF Golfers such as Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan created the idea that to succeed in business men should know how to play golf. Originally golf stood for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden, but then some women, like Babe Zaharias-Didrikson, started the LPGA. BOXING Boxing drew much attention from urban low-class black, Italian, and Irish neighborhoods. Any boxer was looked at as "the ultimate athlete". Yet many believed no one was good enough to earn the title of king of kings, like Joe "The Brown Bomber" had earned himself. GOLF Many people gave up careers they were pursuing in order to play golf. They wanted the fame and fortune the came with winning the tour, like prize money and endorsements. During this time golf schools began to develop, but did not take off until 1968. BOXING The 1950's was the golden era of boxing. Top boxers versed other top boxers in very popular matches. Some of these included Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Archie Moore, Willie Pep, and Sandy Saddler. FOOTBALL In the 1950s, pro football finally earned its place as a major sport. The NFL embraced television, giving Americans nationwide a chance to follow stars like Bobby Layne and Johnny Unitas. The 1958 NFL championship considered by many to be the game that led to the rise in football; drew record television viewership and made national celebrities out of Unitas and his teammates. FOOTBALL There were 13 total football teams in the 1950's. Some different then the ones we know and watch today. In the American Conference there was the Cleveland Browns, the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chicago Cardinals, and the Washington Redskins. In the National Conference there was the Los Angeles Rams, the Chicago Bears, the New York Yanks, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Baltimore Colts. SPORTS THAT WERE PLAYED IN THE 1950'S Sports played in the 1950's include: baseball, golf, boxing, football, tennis. soccer, basketball, hockey, wrestling, and Nascar. BASEBALL TEAMS American League: New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns (moved to Baltimore in 1954 and became the Orioles), Philadelphia Athletics (moved to Kansas City in 1955).
National League: Philadelphia Phillies, Brooklyn Dodgers (moved to Los Angeles in 1958), New York Giants (moved to San Francisco in 1958), Boston Braves (moved to Milwaukee in 1954), St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates. TED WILLIAMS Ted Williams was a professional baseball player who played in the American League. He played his entire 22 year career on the Boston Red Sox. He won two American League MVP awards. He also won the Triple Crown twice. Williams was a 19-time All-Star. He ended his career with 521 home runs. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. FAMOUS 1950'S GOLFERS Ben Hogan Sam Snead Jimmy Demaret