Mr. Menna History 2P7

My topic is influential athletes

1900-1910 - George Orton was the first Canadian Olympic champion. In the 1900 Paris Olympic Games George Orton achieved a bronze medal in the 400 m hurdles and a gold medal in the 3000 m steeplechase.

1911-1920 - George Herman Ruth Jr. also known as Babe Ruth is one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Babe Ruth has won 7 world series 3 from the red sox and 4 from the yankees. Base Ruth saved baseball because he was a hero. Coming off the Black Sox scandal from the 1919 World Series was fixed by gamblers. Babe Ruth brought fans focus back to the game with his incredible home run hitting skills.

1921-1930 - Velma Springstead was born on Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She played softball and basketball for the Hamilton Ladies Club, and regularly won track and field honors in sprinting, hurdling, and high jumping.In 1925 she helped legitimize vigorous competition for Canadian women as a member of the first team ever to compete in international track and field. In 1932, Alexandre Gibb and the Women’s Amateur Athletic Federation created an annual award to honor the best Canadian Female Athlete of that year. They named it after Hamilton native Velma Springstead, whose career ended prematurely when she died of pneumonia, March 27, 1927, five months shy of her 20th birthday.

1931-1940 - Phil Edwards was a Canadian and Guyanese track and field athlete. He was the first black Canadian man to win a trophy at what are know as the Commonwealth Games. He was the first Lou Marsh Trophy winner in 1936. Phil severed as a captain in the Canadian army. Known as the "

1941-1950 - Jackie Robinson became the first black player to play in the Major Leagued in 1947. He changed the game of baseball. Robinson joined the Montreal Royals from the negro leagues, he was signed by Branch Rickey. Despite all the racial abuse, Robinson had an outstanding season with the Royals. With his success with the Royals Jackie Robinson was promoted from the royals to the Dodgers . Jackie Robinson opened doors for other African American players. Players like Satchel Paige, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron. The Brooklyn dodgers retired Robinson retired his uniform number "42".

1951-1960 - Maurice "Rocket" Richard was the heart and soul of the Montreal Canadiens winning 8 Stanley Cup all on the Canadiens between 1944 to 1960. He made all the French Canadian proud with his skills, record breaking, and his heart. Maurice was the first NHL player to score 50 goals in a season, hes won the Canadian press male athlete of the year 3 times (1953,1957, 1958), and won the Lou Marsh trophy ( Canadian athlete of the year) in 1957. In 1999 they named a trophy called the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy that only goes to the leading scorer in the NHL.

  1. 1961-1970 - Ernie Davis was the first African American to win the Heisman trophy and was the first black player to be first overall in the NFL draft . The Heisman trophy is a award that goes to the most outstanding college player in a season. Ernie Davis led Syracuse University to the Cotton Bowl in 1960. Syracuse faced the University of Texas defeating them 23-14,despite with all the cheap shots and dirty plays, Davis scored 2 touchdowns one from and 87 yard run and the other from a pass interception for a touchdown. Ernie Davis played through a hamstring injury. Ernie Davis died due to leukemia he did not play a single NFL game.

1971-1980 - Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg Manitoba. When Terry was 18 he was diagnosed with bone cancer and forced to have his leg amputated. While in the hospital Terry saw a lot of cancer patient and  a lot of them were kids. Terry started the marathon of hope in 1980. He ran 5,373 kilometers for 18 months across 6 provinces. Terry Fox stopped at Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared on his lung. Terry Fox raised $24.17 million for cancer research. Terry Fox died on June 28, 1981. Terry Fox is a great role model to children and adults across the world                                                                 

1981-1990 - Wayne Gretzky also known as "The Great One" is a professional hockey player born January 26, 1961, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.  One of the most famous players of all time, Wayne Gretzky set 61 National Hockey League scoring records and played in 18 All-Star games in his 21-year career. His uniquely smart and elegant playing style redefined the image of a great hockey champion, and his retirement in 1999 marked the end of an era in the sport. Wayne Gretzky won 4 Stanley Cup (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) and winning the Lou Marsh 4 times ( Canadian athlete of the year won it in 1982, 1983, 1985, 1989). Gretzky is one the greatest Canadian Athlete.

1991-2000 - Mario Lemieux entered the team dressing room on January 13, 1993, for the first time after learning that he would undergo radiation treatments to battle Hodgkin’s disease, a form of cancer. The room fell completely silent, but then cancer has a way of doing that to people. He showed great heart on the ice. On the day of his last radiation treatment he flew to play the Philadelphia Flyers and pulled off a goal and an assist. Mario has won a Stanley Cup in 1991 and in 1992 and won the Lou Marsh award. Mario Lemieux showed great heart by not giving up and making one of the biggest comeback no one will forget by fighting  

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