20's Sports Extra!
NFL, NHL, MLB ACTION!
The Founding of a New Era in Sports!
The Championship wasn't the only thing crazy about the first decade of Pro Football. Over the course of 1920-1929, it was extremely common for teams to keep folding and new teams to enter the league(9). As many as three to eight teams folded every year and as many as two to six teams joined the league every year(10).
The first world champions of the NFL, the Akron Pros, whose championship was determined by a meeting instead of a playoff game.
Temporary (or is it?) Pro Hockey League Formed!
In 1924, the NHL expanded to the United States for the first time with the New York Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates(5). The Americans were so popular that just 2 years later, a second New York team was added, the Rangers(6). It only took four years for an American team to reach the Stanley cup when the New York Rangers made it in 1928(7). During the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals, star goalie of the Rangers, Lorne Chabot, became injured in the middle of a game. The Rangers didn't have any backup goalies on hand and as a result, head coach Lester Patrick suited up and played goalie himself for the rest of the game(8). Chabot only allowed one goal on 19 shots made(9). The Rangers signed Joe Miller the next day and the Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup Finals in 5 games(10).
Lester Patrick, Rangers coach from 1928, dresses up and goalies himself in the middle of a game after their main goalie exits game with eye injury.
Pro Baseball Controversy Maham!
However, even with the track record in the demise, pro baseball saw a shift in innovative advancements such as the first radio broadcast of the game ever on August 5, 1921 over Westinghouse station KDKA(8). On top of such advancements, huge records were being broken, such as most home runs in a season at 60 by Babe Ruth(9) and on August 11 1929, Babe Ruth became the very first to hit 500 home runs(10).
The eight players on the Chicago White Sox who were in on the 1919 Black Sox fix to rig the game for gamblers.