This Week in Sports History, Nov. 20, 2018

Nov. 20 1902: The Tour de France bicycle race is created

In 1902, the Tour de France bicycle race was created by Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange. In 1903, 60 men competed in the first Tour de France race. The race consisted of 1,500 miles and went around France. The bikers went through Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes.

Nov. 21 1905: The first Australian Tennis Open game was played

The Australian Tennis Open is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis competitions held each year. Men and women were allowed to compete in this event and it is watched around the world. Only the best tennis players get to compete in the Tennis Open games.

Nov. 22 1910: The patent for steel shaft golf clubs is credited to Arthur Knight

Arthur Knight applied for a patent for golf clubs to be made out of steel. Knight could not get the United States Golf Association (USGA) on his side to get steel shaft golf clubs to become the new norm. Today, golf clubs have a graphite shaft, not a steel shaft due to the fact that graphite is lighter.

Nov. 23 1895: Auburn beats Alabama 48-0 in Tuscaloosa during the 4th Iron Bowl

The Iron Bowl is a football game when the University of Alabama and Auburn University compete. Alabama and Auburn have had a long rivalry and still compete in the Iron Bowl today. This game, held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was a huge win for Auburn University and a unfortunate defeat for the University of Alabama.

Nov. 24 1953: Walter Alston signs a 1-year contract to be the manager of the LA Dodgers

In 1953, Walter Alston signed a contract to be the manager for the LA Dodgers for the 1954 season. Alston is arguably one of the best managers in MLB history. Alston lead the Dodgers to four World Series titles.

Nov. 25 1941: Lou Boudreau, age 24, becomes the player manager for the Cleveland Indians

Lou Boudreau was 21 when he entered the MLB and was picked to be on the Cleveland Indians team. Boudreau played for the Cleveland Indians until 1951, when he played for the Boston Red Sox. Boudreau played for Boston for another year and then retired from MLB. The Cleveland Indians retired his number, 5, in 1970.

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