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Remembrance of Things Past
December 27, 1999
Lest you think that sports began in 1900, here are a few milestones from the first 900 years of the millennium.
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December 27, 1999

Remembrance Of Things Past

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1719
James Figg opens Figg's Academy for Boxing in London

1720
First known yacht club, The Royal Cork Yacht Club, opens, in Ireland

1763
Chippewa and Sauk interrupt their game of baggataway, now known as lacrosse, to attack the English at Fort Michilimackinac in Canada

1823
William Ellis, student at Rugby School in England, invents new sport when he picks up ball and runs with it during soccer game

1858
The Massachusetts Assn. of Baseball Players codifies rules of town ball in Dedham

1877
Horace Lee of Philadelphia becomes first American to run 100-yard dash in 10 seconds

1894
First filmed sporting event, a boxing match, takes place in Thomas Edison's West Orange, N.J., laboratory

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