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Sports in America: 1950

The booming decade following World War II saw many advances in sports and the continued integration of people of other races into major sports leagues. A lanky Oxford University medical student broke the fou… (See Below for Full Description)
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The booming decade following World War II saw many advances in sports and the continued integration of people of other races into major sports leagues. A lanky Oxford University medical student broke the four-minute-mile record, the first African American won a U.S. Open singles title, and the color barrier broke in the National Basketball Association. 1950–1959, Second Edition explores this decade of sports, presenting full-color and black-and-white photographs and further resources for interested readers.

Highlights include:

  • African-American players Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, Chuck Cooper, and Earl "Big Cat" Lloyd break the color barrier in the National Basketball Association in 1950
  • Bobby Thomson hits "the shot heard round the world" to win the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants
  • In 1954 Roger Bannister, a medical student at Oxford University, becomes the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes
  • Boxer Rocky Marciano defeats challenger Archie Moore in 1955 to end his career as the undefeated heavyweight champion
  • Althea Gibson becomes the first African American to win the U.S. Open singles title in 1957
  • Alan Ameche and Johnny Unitas lead the Baltimore Colts to the 1958 NFL championship in "the Greatest Game Ever Played."

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-1-60413-452-0
ISBN-10 1604134526
eBook ISBN 978-1-4381-3244-0
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series Sports in America
Author Jim Gigliotti; Foreword by Larry Keith
Publication Date 7/1/2010
Book's Binding Hardcover
Imprint Chelsea House
Specifications Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Sidebars. Resources. Index.
Available Formats Print & eBook

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