Men's Exhibition Schedule, c. 1890
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A schedule of the Springfield College men's gymnastics exhibitions from 1890. The schedule includes the dates and time of each exhibition event. The history of Gymnastics at Springfield College goes all the way back till nearly the founding of Springfield College in 1885, when Dr. James Naismith, the creator of Basketball, was an early Springfield Gymnast. Beginning in 1904, the Springfield College Gymnastics team would travel to cities to perform their Gymnastics routines. At the end of their travels, they would perform a “Home Show” at Springfield College, a show they continue to perform to this day. It was during the reign of head coach Leslie Judd, widely considered a father of modern Gymnastics, that the Gymnastics exhibition team really gained a claim to fame. Under the leadership of Professor Leslie J. Judd, the purpose of the Springfield College Exhibition team was to promote and maintain an interest in gymnastics, dance, and the artistic phases of physical education in schools, colleges, YMCAs, and recreational centers. The Exhibition Team has appeared before thousands of spectators in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In fact, in 1941 the team appeared before thirty-five-thousand spectators in twenty-five cities. In 1965, the team even appeared in between a double header baseball game in front of 50,000 at the World’s Fair. Item is in Springfield College Museum Exhibit.
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International Young Men's Christian Association College
Springfield College--Gymnastics--Exhibition team
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
Exhibition team schedule
Booth, C. T
Chesley, A. M
Steinen, E. Vonden
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