1930 - Sporting Fever (1995)

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    United Kingdom USA

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    Non Fiction

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  • Sporting Fever: 1930 Alternative


In this series in which ordinary people talk about events of the century, this programme follows the amazing growth of mass spectator sports and the appearance of political and financial interests. Events discussed include the 1930 Football World Cup in Uruguay which developed into a psychological war between Uruguay and Argentina; the 1932-33 Test series - the `Bodyline' Tour in which England captain Douglas Jardine devised a strategy to exploit the fast bowling of Harold Larwood and negate the skill of Don Bradman by bowling at the body rather than the stumps; the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin when sport became mixed with propaganda when Germany used the event to promote Nazism; the 1936 and 1938 world heavyweight boxing championships between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling; and the rise of baseball in the US and the influence of Babe Ruth.

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