By dispatching women tennis players on world tours, the US Department of State hoped to garner approval for the American way of life.
American racers earned a reputation for deception, and Cuckoo Collins led the pack with an outsize talent for cheating.
The sport of Newcomb ball was created by Clara Gregory Baer two years before volleyball. Now forgotten, it's a good bet it lives on in the gyms and beach courts of today.
The heavyweight champion lost his title when he refused induction into the military during the Vietnam War.