The Schooner America won the Hundred Guinea Cup on August 22, 1851. The Crew donated their trophy to the New York Yacht Club under the condition that the cup "be preserved as a perpetual Challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries," and the America's Cup race was born. From 1870, the next time the race was held, until 1980, American yachts won the America's Cup race 24 times without a loss (the race was not always an annual event). The Australian yacht Australia II finally took the cup when it won the race in 1983.
Hall of Famer Harold Grange, All-American running back at the University of Illinois in the early 1920's, then for the Bears until 1935, was known as "Red Grange" or "The Galloping Ghost." He was so dominating in a 1924 game against Michigan--gaining 262 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns in just 12 minutes--that he inspired Grantland Rice to write the following poem which spawned his famous nickname:
A streak of fire, a breath of flame
Eluding all who reach and clutch;
A gray ghost thrown into the game
That rival hands may never touch;
A rubber bounding, blasting soul
Whose destination is the goal.
As a junior at Ohio State Archie Griffin was named to every All-American team and was called "the greatest football player I've ever coached" by Woody Hayes. Combining power, speed and an uncanny ability to break four or five tackles on a single play, he smashed the all-time record for running backs in the Big Ten, amassing 4,064 yards. As a senior, Archie extended his record of consecutive 100-yards plus games to 31, his overall yardage to 5,176 and became the only player ever to win the Heisman twice.
The National Basketball Association established the Podoloff Cup, named for Maurice Podoloff, the league's first commissioner, as the its Most Valuable Player award in 1956. The winner was originally chosen by the NBA players. Since 1981, however, it has been based on a poll of professional basketball broadcasters and writers.