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History of Sport 1911: First Indianapolis 500 and Monte Carlo Rally, Salchow’s 10th title, Larned’s 7th US Open

Some of the main events in sport from 1911. John McDermott becomes both the first American-born man and the youngest golfer (19 years, 10 months) to win the US Open Harold Hilton became the only British player to win the … Continue reading

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A short quiz on women’s cricket

In the first of an occasional series of quizzes,  here are fifteen questions on the history of women’s cricket to coincide with the final of the World Cup .  Answers at the bottom of the page. QUESTIONS 1. In 1958 Betty … Continue reading

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World Sports Hall of Fame 1937: Frank Burge, Johan Grottumsbraten, Sonja Henie and Fred Perry

My choices for the World Sports Hall of Fame for 1937 are:   Frank Burge (Australia – Rugby League) – one of the greatest forwards in the history of rugby league, who was noted for his scoring ability. On the … Continue reading

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The History of Sport – 1910: Meriel Lucas sets the record for All-England Badminton titles, Boxing’s first “fight of the century”

1910 was a fairly quiet one in sport but here are some of the notable events from that year: In football Manchester United move from Bank Street to present home Old Trafford. Celtic win their sixth successive Scottish league title. … Continue reading

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The Greatest Hammer Throwers of All-Time: Yuriy Sedykh and Anita Włodarczyk

Another in the occasional series giving my choice as the greatest athletes in the various athletics events.  This time it is the hammer throw.  This is one of the trickier events to choose a number one.  There have been several … Continue reading

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British Sports Hall of Fame 1937: Jack “Kid” Berg, Steve Donoghue, Nellie Halstead and Harold Larwood

My choices for the British Sports Hall of Fame in 1937 are: Jack “Kid” Berg (Boxing) – one of the best British boxers of his time.  He was a precocious youngster who in a non-title bout aged sixteen beat the … Continue reading

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The History of Sport 1909: The First Giro d’Italia, A Riot Means That No Scottish Cup Is Awarded

Some of the main events in sport in 1909 were: West Auckland Town, an English amateur team, defeats FC Winterthur of Switzerland 2–0 to win the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, one of the earliest international club football competitions Nottingham Forest … Continue reading

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