Three Major Sports Events in the 1960s

An eventful decade shaped the world of sports in many ways. In 1960, Jack Brabham won F1 drivers’ championship for two straight years despite an on-race crash which claimed Alan Stacey and Chris Bristow at the Belgian Grand Prix. Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s home run record while leading Pittsburgh Pirates back into World Series victory at Forbes Field after decades away; Bill Mazeroski delivered Game 7’s winning hit while providing Pittsburgh their first win since 1935 with winning hit in ninth inning of Game 7. Additionally, United States Olympic men’s ice hockey team won nation’s inaugural gold medal in tournament held at Squaw Valley California; Australia-West Indies 1st Test match resulted in rare tie.

The 1960s witnessed some of the most remarkable moments in college and professional sports history in America. The National Basketball Association (NBA) expanded from eight teams to seventeen during this decade and attracted over five million fans to its games in 1965 alone; basketball stars Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain emerged as top performers during this era.

Additionally, the NBA introduced regional championships. Meanwhile, NCAA also established new rules governing student-athlete academic eligibility; such as mandating that incoming students obtain at least a high school GPA and test scores equivalent to at least 1.6 on the SAT scale before participating in college athletics.

Over many sports, African American athletes received greater recognition and participation. Football player Ernie Davis won the Heisman Trophy and inspired other Black athletes to break into major league baseball and the NFL. Meanwhile, Rome hosted its own Olympic Games where African American track and field stars Bob Hayes and Peter Snell established world records and won gold medals – Bob Hayes was an Olympic record-setter while Peter Snell set numerous track and field marks that day!

In 1968, Muhammad Ali made headlines by speaking out against racism and political causes he believed were important at that time, such as refusing to join the military on religious grounds as an act of protest against ongoing war in Vietnam. This practice has since become more frequent.

From Mickey Mantle and Henry Aaron to Jim Brown and Joe Namath, the 1960s will long be remembered for its legendary athletes and dramatic moments. Covering both sports events as well as social and cultural issues that shaped them, The 1960s in Sports takes readers back to an age that forever changed sports history. A must-read for anyone interested in sports!

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