Monthly Archives: May 2012

Sports History:1700 to 1749

Developments in sports during the first half of the eighteenth century   1700 the Reverend Wilson of Maidstone,Kent criticises people for playing baseball on Sundays 1711 Royal Ascot horse racing meeting instituted by Queen Anne 1712 Earliest recorded Gaelic Football … Continue reading

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British Hall of Fame 1902

My inductees into the British Sports Hall of Fame for 1902. John Roberts Junior (Billiards) – The first great billiards player. He won the world title in 1870 and defended it seven times. After defending the title in 1885 he declined … Continue reading

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Sports History: 1600 to 1699

Some developments in sport during the 17th century. 17th century: The origins of the sport of rackets 17th century: Nine-pin bowling exported to America from Europe Early 17th century: “Mr Robert Dover’s Olympick Games upon the Cotswold Hills” are held. … Continue reading

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World Snooker Rankings

The top twenty in the world snooker rankings following the 2012 World Championships: 1. Mark Selby 74925 2. Judd Trump 68975 3. Mark Williams 63560 4. Stephen Maguire 61400 5. John Higgins 61320 6. Shaun Murphy 59685 7. Neil Robertson … Continue reading

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World Hall of Fame 1901

The second set of inductees to my World Sports Hall of Fame are Alvin Kraenzlein (US – Athletics) – The first athlete to win four gold medals at an Olympic Games when winning the 60m,110m hurdles, 200m hurdles and long … Continue reading

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May 2012: Sport in Brief

A short summary of the major developments in British and world sport this month. ATHLETICS Lawrence Okoye sets a British record in the discus of 68.24m. Jessica Ennis breaks Denise Lewis’s 12 year old British heptathlon record with a score … Continue reading

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