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Sports in America: 1950–1959, Second Edition
  • Authored by: Jim Gigliotti; Foreword by Larry Keith
  • From the Series: Sports in America
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604134526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-452-0
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $39.95
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 07/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 796
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 96


The booming decade following World War II saw many advances in sports and the continued integration of people of other races into major sports leagues. A lanky Oxford University medical student broke the four-minute-mile record, the first African American won a U.S. Open singles title, and the color barrier broke in the National Basketball Association. 1950–1959, Second Edition explores this decade of sports, presenting full-color and black-and-white photographs and further resources for interested readers.

Highlights include:

  • African-American players Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, Chuck Cooper, and Earl "Big Cat" Lloyd break the color barrier in the National Basketball Association in 1950
  • Bobby Thomson hits "the shot heard round the world" to win the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants
  • In 1954 Roger Bannister, a medical student at Oxford University, becomes the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes
  • Boxer Rocky Marciano defeats challenger Archie Moore in 1955 to end his career as the undefeated heavyweight champion
  • Althea Gibson becomes the first African American to win the U.S. Open singles title in 1957
  • Alan Ameche and Johnny Unitas lead the Baltimore Colts to the 1958 NFL championship in "the Greatest Game Ever Played."


Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Sidebars. Resources. Index.

About the Author(s)

Jim Gigliotti is a freelance writer and former editor at NFL Publishing. He is the coauthor of Baseball: A Celebration, Obsessed with Football, and several books on sports for young readers, including a biography of Olympic champion Jesse Owens

Series foreword author Larry Keith is former assistant managing editor of Sports Illustrated. He is a creator of SI Kids and was the editor of the official Olympic programs in 1996, 2000, and 2002. He is a former adjunct professor of sports journalism at Columbia University and is a member of the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.

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