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The Birth of High School Gymnastics in Chicago; Essay by Robert Pruter

IIllinois since the 1920s has historically been among the top, if not the top, gymnastics programs in the high schools. The sport was pioneered in the state in Chicago, where high school physical education instructors, who came out of the German Turners and Czech Sokols, pioneered and promoted gymnastics competition in the Chicago Public High School League. Continue reading

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Indoor Golf: A Golden Age of Sports Craze for Working Gentlemen, Shopping Ladies, and Well-Bred High School Boys and Girls; Essay by Robert Pruter

Indoor golf was a rage in the major urban centers for two decades, from around 1910 to around 1930. It was largely an urban recreational activity, engaged in by gentlemen businessmen and upper middle class women shoppers during their downtown lunch break. It was also a competitive sport involving high school players to golf professionals. Continue reading

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Annette Rogers: The Overlooked Chicago Olympian; Essay by Robert Pruter

Annette Rogers, a world class jumper and sprinter, won two gold medals in the Olympic Games, in 1932 and 1936, each time as a member of the winning United States 400-meter relay team, but has never achieved the renowned she warranted. Continue reading

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Helen Filkey: How Missing the Olympics Crushed Her Dream of Track and Field Immortality; Essay by Robert Pruter

Helen Filkey was Chicago’s first great female track and field champion, setting national and world records from when she first entered sport in 1923 until her retirement in 1931. Continue reading

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