In the 1950’s the most popular sports were baseball and basketball. But during the Olympics in 1952 and 1956 people came together to watch sports of all kinds. Because of the Cold War there was very intense competition and American’s cheered for their favorite athletes. At this time the sports arena was not quite open to female athletes except for sports like ping pong, bad mitten and golf. Speaking of golf, in the 1950’s the fad of rich, successful, golfers came into existence. Playing gold was viewed as an expensive past time that successful people indulged in.
Bowling was not highly viewed like baseball or basketball but many americans engaged in this recreation.
Basket Ball player Bob Cousey played for the Boston Celtics and led them to 6 championships, 5 of which were in a row! Way to go Bob! Some called him “Houdini of the Hardwood” and this basketball magician won the MVP award in 1957. Pretty fly for a white guy.
In baseball Willie Mays was quite popular. He came into the MLB at age 20 in 1951 to play for the San Francisco Giants. He led them to a championship in 1954. His nickname was the “say hey kid”. He won 2 MVP awards and finished his career with 660 home runs!
Another noteworthy event was the move of the Dodgers baseball team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. This was huge news because never before had a franchise team been moved geographically from one side of the country to the other.