Sport Of The Turn Of The 20th Century Essay

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Sport Of The Turn Of The 20th Century Sports play a very big part in American society. In this paper I'm going to explain 3 different sporting events; Boxing, Basketball, Baseball. From the rules, objectives, and to mention a few famous stars of then and now. These sports came alive and symbolize America during the late 1800's to the early 1900's, took place across the nation from small towns to the largest cities. Boxing, is a popular international sport with both amateur and professional leagues. It involves two guys who fight with boxing gloves inside a square boxing ring until a winner is declared. The winner is the one who lands the most punches or knocks out his opponent. Boxing as a sport can be traced as far back as the ancient Greeks, where it was included in the Olympic Games. During the Industrial Revolution, boxing evolved into a favorite sport of the blue collar or working class. The early legends of American bareknuckel & Gloved boxing includes John L Sullivan, some claim he's the first great American sports idol. His boxing career was from 1877 to 1905, with that he was admitted to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 Another early American boxing legend is John Arthur Johnson. He was the first African American heavyweight champion. From 1908 to 1915 Johnson had over 44 Knockouts, and only lost 8 fights.(I found further that both of his parents where slaves on a Georgia plantation.) America loves boxing because of its raw violent talent in a some what civil way. From the days of the Greeks to Modern times there has been several changes to the sport. From Bareknuck fights, to weight class and other fine tuning rules that has change the sport, but all in all the sport remains a favorite in the blue collar American community. Baseball has come to be known as the nations pastime, and "expresses the ideology and reality of American sports." The

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