Essay On Sports In The 1920s

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As Industrialization kept on progressing and going further and further, it allowed people to have more leisure time to do recreational activities. And none of these activities was done more often than sports. From baseball to football, table tennis to polo and everything in between, sports saw a rise in popularity during this time. During the 1920s, there were many popular sports that people participated in. The most popular was America’s pastime, baseball. First played in America in the 1850s, the first professional league started in 1867, which was the National League (NL) and the American League (AL) followed in 1901. In 1903, they decided to cooperate but still remain separate. (www.baseball-reference.com) Baseball’s early days were known as the dead-ball era because the stadiums were large and spacious, with some ballpark walls being 500+ feet from home plate, and the ball which would be used until started to unravel, which made it softer and therefore harder to hit for power. But all of this changed during the 1920s when George “Babe” Ruth came into the league. In 1919, Ruth hit a then league record of 29 homeruns,…show more content…
Before the 1920s golf was seen as an activity that only the upper class could afford and had time to do but by 1920, the number of weekend golfers had increased to half a million people. (www.nicoleg-sports.weebly.com) It saw a rise in popularity because people had more leisure time, which you needed in order to play a round of golf as it could take 2-3 hours to play a whole 18 holes. Some of golf’s most famous players during the 20s were Walter Hagen, who has the third most major wins with 11 behind Tiger Woods (14) and Jack Nicklaus (18), Bobby Jones, who beat some of the top golfers in the world and co-founded the Master Tournament, and Gene Sarazen, who is one of 5 golfers to win every major tournament in their career.
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