Sports in America, 1940-1949
Sports in America, 1940-1949
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Series: Sports In America   

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Annotation: Recounts sports highlights of the 1940s, covering historical high points, scandals, records, and championships.
Catalog Number: #49525
Format: Library Binding
No other formats available
Publisher: Chelsea House
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 96 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-604-13450-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-604-13450-6
Dewey: 796.0973
LCCN: 2009022570
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 7-12
The decade interrupted by the Second World War was filled with sports triumphs and comebacks. From Joe DiMaggio's still-unbroken 56-game hitting streak for the Yankees to the resumption of the Olympics, the 1940s also saw the beginning of the NBA and the breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball and in professional football. The colorful new 1940–1949, Second Edition describes all of these groundbreaking events, plus many more.
Highlights from 1940-1949 include:
Joe DiMaggio records at least one hit at bat in 56 consecutive games in 1941
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1942 green light letter asks Major League Baseball to continue games during World War II to help the country's morale
18-year-old swimmer Ann Curtis becomes the first woman to win the Amateur Athletic Union's Sullivan Award for top athlete of the year in 1944
Hockey player Maurice Richards scores a record 50 goals in 50 games during the 1945 season
African-American players Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley, and Bill Willis break the color barrier in professional football in 1946
African-American player Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947
The Olympics, cancelled during World War II, return in 1948
The National Basketball Association begins with 17 teams in 1949.

The decade interrupted by the Second World War was filled with sports triumphs and comebacks. From Joe DiMaggio's still-unbroken 56-game hitting streak for the Yankees to the resumption of the Olympics, the 1940s also saw the beginning of the NBA and the breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball and in professional football. The colorful new  19401949, Second Edition describes all of these groundbreaking events, plus many more. Highlights from 1940-1949 include: Joe DiMaggio records at least one hit at bat in 56 consecutive games in 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1942 "green light" letter asks Major League Baseball to continue games during World War II to help the country's morale 18-year-old swimmer Ann Curtis becomes the first woman to win the Amateur Athletic Union's Sullivan Award for top athlete of the year in 1944 Hockey player Maurice Richards scores a record 50 goals in 50 games during the 1945 season African-American players Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley, and Bill Willis break the color barrier in professional football in 1946 African-American player Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 The Olympics, cancelled during World War II, return in 1948 The National Basketball Association begins with 17 teams in 1949.


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