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Before Johnny Weismuller: How the Illinois Athletic Club Helped Forge the Modern Sport of Swimming and Create Olympians; Essay by Robert Pruter

The Illinois Athletic Club is best known has the home for the great Johnny Weismuller, the greatest swimmer of the 1920s and later Tarzan in the movies, but the club had built a foundation the previous decade producing world record holders and Olympians and dominating American national team championships. Continue reading

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High School Football Intersectional Contests, 1902-1914: Proxy Battles between the East and the West for College Football Supremacy; Essay by Robert Pruter

American football began intersectional competition in the first decades of the twentieth century, the first of which was between the East (meaning the Northeast) and the West (meaning the Midwest). But this competition began erratically, and because of the lack of intersectional contests among the colleges, they therefore used high schools in their respective sections as proxy competitors. What prevailed was the Midwest showing its superiority with its fast, open game, making the most of the forward pass, as the high schools in Chicago dominated competition over those in New York City and Massachusetts. Continue reading

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