He was known as the Galveston Giant—a boxer who fought his way toward the first world heavyweight title held by an African-American. But in , Jack Johnson became something else: Accused of violating the Mann Act, which forbade transporting a woman across state Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues on April 15, , when he took the field in the top of the first inning against the Boston Braves. The Kentucky Derby, first held in at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, is the longest-running sports event in the United States.
When the Olympic Committee announced that Squaw Valley would be the Two athletes raise their fists on the Olympic podium. The photograph, taken after the meter race at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, turned African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos from track-and-field stars into the center of a The PyeongChang Winter Olympics have been the first Games in 34 years that Russia has not, technically, attended.
Trailblazer for racial integration. Kenny Washington had an eventful—and in some ways In a year filled with dramatic global events and unexpected twists, it could be difficult to keep up with the news. Nearly 60 years before the first Winter Olympics, long before figure skating was even a sport, an American named Jackson Haines became known for the pirouettes, dances and dramatic jumps he performed on the ice.
The instantly-recognizable song is played before thousands of sporting events every year, but just how did the Star-Spangled Banner come to be a staple of sports in the first place?
The answer, it turns out, has to do with World War I. Baseball fans in the late 19th century The bicycle as we know it evolved in the 19th century thanks to the work of several different inventors.
A German baron named Karl von Drais made the first major development when he created a steerable, two-wheeled contraption in Footage taken of President Herbert Hoover along with his family and colleagues during the late s or earlys was recently examined at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, possibly becoming the earliest color film ever taken inside the White House grounds.
When the British landed there in , at the start of the American Revolution, Richmond did The Female Paul Revere On the night of April 26, , year-old Sybil Ludington rode 40 miles to warn approximately militiamen that the British troops were coming. Fayetteville and its surrounding area isn't only a place for History, Heroes and a Hometown Feeling. When it comes to sports, it's also a proud Home of Champions.
It's a legacy that began to take root nearly a century ago, when a barrel-chested rookie named George Herman Ruth came to town to participate in his first spring training as a professional baseball player. Though that record would eventually be surpassed by both Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds, at least one of Ruth's feats has yet to be equaled. Those who were there that day said that Ruth's blast eclipsed the previous long drive, hit a few years earlier by a young Native-American lad named Jim Thorpe.
Yes, that Jim Thorpe. The experience proved to be a costly one, though. Because he went by his own name instead of using an alias — as most other college players did at the time — Thorpe's amateur status was later brought into question and he was forced to forfeit the gold medal he won for the decathlon at the Olympics. Another star who made his name in a different sport also got his start by playing baseball in Cumberland County.
Only this one, Floyd, was home-grown. The son of a golf pro, young Raymond was a big, hard-throwing pitcher who was offered a contract to play for his beloved Chicago Cubs right out of high school. But he turned it down to become the first person ever to be given a scholarship to play golf at the University of North Carolina. It turned out to be a smart decision.
Among his greatest victories were the Masters, in which he set a scoring record that stood until Tiger Woods came along, the U. Open and a pair of PGA Championships.
Later in his career, Floyd went on to win 14 Senior Tour titles and four more majors. His influence on his home community was so great that his success inspired the careers of two other champions — his sister Marlene, a former LPGA Tour player who now runs her own golf school for women, and Chip Beck, who won three PGA Tour events and became only the second player ever to shoot a 59 in competition. Among those who went on to achieve greatness in college and the NFL after honing their skills under legendary local coaches such as Paroli, John Daskal and D.
Closer to home, Fayetteville State University has built a championship tradition of its own in this historic Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Under the leadership of coach Kenny Phillips and a roster filled with home-grown talent, the Broncos won back-to-back league championships in and '03 and remain a perennial contender. If football isn't your thing, don't worry. Local athletes have also excelled on the basketball court, where both N. Capel, who led his South View High team to a state 4-A championship, is currently the head coach at nationally ranked Oklahoma. Speaking of the women, Cumberland County has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to gender equity in sports. Between , Fayetteville served as host for the ACC's women's basketball championship tournament.