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1920’s Sport and Sporting Stars!!

Caroline Gertrude Ederle, was a famous American swimmer, she became the first woman to swim the English Channel. In 1926, at the age of 19, Ederle swam the channel from France to England. Her time of 14 hours 39 minutes for the 35-mile (56-kilometer) distance broke the previous record and stood as the women's record for 35 years. From 1921 to 1925, Ederle set 29 United States and world records for swimming races ranging from the 50-yard to the half-mile race. In the 1924 Summer Olympic Games, she won a gold medal as a member of the championship U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team. She also won bronze medals for finishing third in the 100-meter and 400-meter freestyle races. Ederle was among the first real sports heroines to prove that women were not physically inferior or incapable of strenuous activity.
July 2, 1921, Boxing had it’s first million dollar gate, heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey defends his title by KOing Georges Carpentier, four rounds, Jersey City. 80, 183 fans pay $1,789,238 to see the bout, also the first title fight to be carried live on radio. Sept 14, 1923, Jack Dempsey, floored in the opening seconds of the first round by Luis Firpo, arises to floor Firpo seven times in the first round. Firpo more then just survives, he knocks Dempsey out of the ring. In the second round, Dempsey floors Firpo twice, the last time for the full count to retain his heavyweight title. The Associated Press will call the bout the most dramatic sports moment of the half century. Sept 22, 1927, Gene Tunney floored in the seventh round, benefited from a "long count" when Jack Dempsey fails to immediately go to a neutral corner, arise to floor Dempsey in the eight round on route to a 10 round decision, Chicago. A new gate record of $2,658,660.
In 1920, Babe’s first year with the Yankees, Ruth hit 54 home runs and batted .376.…...

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