Sporting Events In The 1930s

People and Teams who have changed sporting events


1931 - Baseball Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis bans women from professional baseball (the bans lasts until 1992), after 17-year-old pitcher Virne Beatrice "Jackie" Mitchell strikes out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game for the Chattanooga Lookouts. Landis voids Mitchell's contract, saying baseball is "too strenuous" for women.

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Swimming Made History

  • 1936 - American swimmer Marjorie Gestring becomes the youngest-ever Olympic gold medalist (in springboard diving) at age 13 yrs. 9 months.


    • September 14th 1930- (as Portsmouth Spartans) play 1st NFL game, win 13-6

  • The NFL's first televised game came on October 22, 1939 when NBC broadcast the game to a limited number of homes in New York
  • The tradition of a Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit began in 1934 after the Portsmouth Spartans relocated to the Motor City and became the Lions.
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Olympic Sport

  • Louise Stokes was the first African-American woman to qualify for the Olympics, along with teammate Tydie Pickett.
  • Strokes got a place on the 1932 Los Angles Olympics but unfortunately two white competitors replaced them.
  • Stokes qualified for the Olympics in Berlin in 1936, but once again, a white woman took her place on the field and she was not allowed to compete.


  • 1930s- In the US, people escape the depression by doing to the beach and playing sand volleyball
  • In the late 1930s the first two-men beach volleyball in Santa Monica, California


August 16-1936- Basketball becomes an official Olympic sport. The United States defeats Canada 19-8 for the gold medal. The games were played in Berlin, Germany. The Olympic basketball games are still played in 2014

December 29, 1934- The first college basketball doubleheader is played at Madison Square Garden