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Sep 27

LET US NOT FORGET: HOW THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BECAME AN INTEGRAL PART OF AMERICAN SPORTS

This is the history of how the National anthem became an American tradition at sports games:

1814: Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
1889: Secretary of the Navy Benjamin F. Tracy called for the song to be played whenever the American flag was raised.
1916: President Woodrow Wilson signed an executive order declaring the “Star Spangled Banner” the American national anthem.
1918: The song was played spontaneously during the seventh-inning stretch of game one of the World Series between the Cubs and Red Sox, while the country had been in World War I for a year and half. After this, the song was often played on holidays or special occasions in many baseball parks.
1931: Congress passed an act officially confirming the “Star Spangled Banner” as the national anthem, and President Hebert Hoover signed it into law.
1941-42: Playing the national anthem before the start of regular season baseball games became the standard. And with the U.S. in World War II now, the National Football League also included the playing of the anthem before games.
1945: NFL commissioner Elmer Layden said, “The playing of the national anthem should be as much a part of every game as the kickoff. We must not drop it simply because the war is over. We should never forget what it stands for.”

 

 

 

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