Sports gained popularity in the 1920's. School teams were formed for students. Several sports, such as golf, that had previously been unavailable to the middle-class becameopen. Record-breaking athletes also attracted many new people to various physical activities.Big Bill Wins Becomes First American to Win Wimbledon (1920)William "Big Bill" Tatem Tilden II became thefirst American to win a Wimbledon title in 1920. He would recapture this title in 1921 and 1930 as well. Further expanding his list of victories, Tilden was crowned U.S. Champion on seven occasions.In later years, "Big Bill," who was also known for his "performances" on the court, became an actor, but was not as successful as he had been in his tennis career. Steve Donoghue Wins the Derby (1921)|
No stranger to horse racing victories, Steve Donoghue (riding Humorist) won the Derby for the third time in 1921. After his third of six Derby wins, he went on to repeat his feat again in 1922(with Captain Cuttle), 1923 (on Papyrus), and 1925 (riding Manna). From 1914-1923, Donoghue was dubbed champion jockey. |
The Battle of the Century (1921)On July 2, 1921, American boxer Jack "theManassa Mauler" Dempsey (1895-1983), fought challenger Georges Carpentier, a Frenchman, in New Jersey. Originally William Harrison Dempsey, the American was world heavy weight champion at the time and "TheOrchid Kid" or "Gorgeous George" Carpentier was European champion. Dempsey was declared winner in the fourth round after knocking out Carpentier. Their $1+ million (the world's first) promotion-boutwould be dubbed "The Battle of the Century. |
Babe Ruth Breaks Home Run Record (1927) |
George Herman Ruth (1895 - 1948), often known to his fans as Babe Ruth, hit a total of 60 home runs in 1927.This record-breaker would remain a record itself until 1961, when Roger Eugene Maris (1934 - 85) hit 61 home runs. The record has since then been broken by Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs with 66...