Category Archives: Sports History

The History of Sport 1922: First Walker Cup Golf match and Women’s World Games. Johnny Weissmuller breaks the one minute barrier, Mary Lines and Gertrude Ederle set multiple world records.

Some of the main events that happened in sport in 1922   The American Professional Football Association renames itself as the National Football League The first Women’s World Games is held in Paris at the Stade Pershing with six countries … Continue reading

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The History of Sport 1921: Another Home Run Record for Babe Ruth, The First Women’s World Games, First Pro Football Season, Boxing’s First Million Dollar Fight

The main events in sport in 1921 Rangers win the Scottish football league with a record 76 points. The English League founds the Third Division. It is divided into North and South divisions. Only thirteen people attend the football match … Continue reading

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The History of Sport 1920: 29 Nations Attend The Antwerp Olympics, Paul Radmilovic’s fourth gold as Britain win a hat-trick of water polo titles, Oscar Swahn takes gold at 72, Nedo Nadi wins five fencing golds. In American Football the NFL is Founded

Some of the notable events in sport in 1920: The National Football League (NFL) is founded as the American Professional Football Association in Canton, Ohio.  The first NFL championship is won by the Akron Pros. In baseball the Negro National … Continue reading

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The History of Sport 1919 – Most Sport Resumes After World War I. The Chicago Black Sox Baseball Scandal, Jack Dempsey Wins The World Heavyweight Title

Sports events started to resume in the year following the end of World War I although some usually held towards the start of the year weren’t contested. Competitive football resumes after the end of World War I in the 1919–20 … Continue reading

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The History of Sport 1915 – 1918: Sport shuts down in many countries during World War I but Huddersfield’s outstanding rugby team sweeps all before them. Ted “Kid” Lewis and Jack Britton’s epic series of boxing title fights. The NHL is founded.

For most years of the Twentieth Century I will post about the events of a single year. However, during the two World Wars most sports had few competitions and so I have combined the main war years into one post. … Continue reading

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History of Sport 1914: Harry Vardon wins a record sixth Open Golf Championship and Dorothea Douglass’s seventh Wimbledon singles title. Jimmy Wilde’s world flyweight reign begins

Some of the notable events in sport in 1914: In Aussie Rules football Port Adelaide become the only SAFA/SAFL/SANFL team to finish with a perfect season, overall winning thirty consecutive matches including one against a combined team from the other … Continue reading

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The History of Sport 1913: Suffragette intervention at the Derby, Leon Meredith wins his seventh world cycling title.

Some of the most notable events in sport in 1913: The inaugural European Bandy Championship is held in Davos, Switzerland, and is won by England. Golf –  Francis Ouimet is the first amateur to win the US Open in a … Continue reading

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