Sports of the 1950s

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Sports of the 1950s


Major Sports of the 1950's

At the beginning of the 1950's the NBA was created when 2 smaller leagues combined (BAA and NBL). The league had 11 teams but decreased its number of teams and only had 8 teams by 1954. Teams were created in the larger cities of the US to have more popularity. The shot clock was created during this era giving a team only 24 seconds to shoot the ball. This helped speed up the game and make it more exciting. Bill Russel, Wilt Chamberlain and George Mikan were the stars of their time, and they all are considered among the basketball greats.


Average salary $5,200Zamboni invented during the fiftiesOriginal Six: Montreal, Detroit, Toronto, New York, Boston, and ChicagoDetroit and Montreal won 9 Cups in the 50'sNHL unpopular and few TV contractsShin guards and helmets weren't enforced4 players wore helmetsRule changesback up goaltenders, visiting versus home jersey colors, penalties end after goal, players couldn't leave bench during an altercation

WAY different rules!New Equiptment Famous Players: Otto Grahm Joe Perry Johnny Unitas



The MLB entering the 1950's was almost entirely a North East and Midwest institution. By the end of the 1950's 5 new major league cities would be established, 2 of them on the pacific coast making the MLB a nationwide franchise.

Changes In the 50's-Train/plane transportation across nation for teams-More cars used by fans to get to games-Stadium lights-Games in the night became a standard-Televised games

Major Players-Willie Mays -Joe Black - Ernie Banks -Sam Jones- Vic Power -Elston Howard -Roberto Clemente -Frank RobinsonJackie Robinson-Hank Aaron



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