History Of Sports Facts
President Ronald Reagan was the first President of the United States to watch a Major League Baseball game from the dugout.
Frank Robinson was the first major league baseball player to earn the MVP award in both leagues. He won the National League MVP award in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and the American League MVP in 1966 with Baltimore Orioles.
The first Boston Marathon was run in 1897. It was won by John J. McDermott of the United States in a time of 2:55:10, which was, of course, the first course record. Women did not run in that first Boston Marathon and were not officially sanctioned as participants until 1972.
In a career that spanned 1973 to 1987, Marvelous Marvin Hagler amassed a career record of 62 wins (52 by knockout), 3 losses, and 2 draws.
For the men, the first gold medal in soccer was awarded at the Athens Olympics in 1896 to Great Britain. For the women the first gold medal for soccer came much later in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where the United States won gold.
Major League Baseball held its first night game on May 24, 1935 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati where the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.
The first Sports Illustrated came out on August 16 1954. Pictured on the cover was the Milwaukee Braves Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium.
Beach volleyball first became a summer Olympic sport in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In that first year of beach volleyball at the Olympics the United States men and the Brazilian women won the gold medals.
The first NBA All-Star Game was played in 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Garden. The East won the game 111-94. The MVP of the game was Ed Macauley of the Boston Celtics. The winning coach was Joe Lapchick, who was the coach of the New York Knicks at the time.
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