Setting the Scene For 19th Century Sports

By Mr. G
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    Travel and Communication

    New ways of travel and communitcation have a huge impact in the growth of sprots around the country.
    Steamboats and railroads changed travel for teams and opened new markets around the country for games. Up until the 1950s, baseball teams used the rails to travel.
    Watches, print media, and sports journalism allowed for the fan to attend and read about their faortite teams. Look on the timeline for newspapers and other events that impacted the times.
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    Pedestrianism, Rowing, Billiards

  • Sports Fraternities and Elysian Fields

    Sports Fraternities and Elysian Fields
    John Cox Stevens was one of the first wealthy patrons of sports. He was a horseback rider whose love of sports lead him to build Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. This was a place where wealthy members of society would come to socialize and experience some of the upper class sports such as yachting and horse racing.
  • New York Clipper

    New York Clipper
    Production of sporting sheets
  • John L. Sullivan - Prizefighter

    John L. Sullivan - Prizefighter
    He was the best fighter in the postbellum period.
  • Sporting News

    Sporting News
    Popularized Baseball
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    Industrial Revolution

    As the factory system took over the hand-crafted shops, people felt more of a disconnect between their job on the final product the company produced. This lead people to find alternative uses for their time and sports/recreation became more popular. One of the places that people start to frequent was the saloons, where dog fighting, rat baiting, cockfights, billiards, and prizefighting took place.
  • Sports Journalist

    New York Herald sent eight reporters to cover a horse race between Fashion and Peytonia. Throughout the late 1800s newspapers devoted more space to sports but it wasn't until the 1920s that most newspapers set aside a separate section for sports.