Cumberland, Maryland (Sports)
4. When were gymnastics and athletic meets popular in the area? What kind of events were held? Where? Who were the leading participants in these categories of sport?
Gymnastics were held in competition at the Central YMCA as early as 1899. On March 6, 1899, a meet was held at the YMCA. The events were bar vault, high jump, pole vault, and broad jump. The winner of this meet was Brookman with 178 3/4 points; Cook with 133 3/4 points; Dryer, 90; and Cromwill, 86 1/2; Sizer, 82 1/2; and Gogley with 50 points. This was the third event of four and total points to that point were as above. The final event in this series was held on March 2 7, 1899. After this final event, winner of the gold medal was Brookman with 303 3/4 points; silver medal, Cook, 286 1/2 points; and bronze medal won by Cromwell with 169 1/2 points. The medals were presented at a banquet on April 27, 1899. Outdoor athletic meets were held in Cumberland both for county schools and Cumberland. Meets were held for the schools in Cumberland. The meets were held at the Mid-City Park on Wineow Street and at the Fairgo Race Track. Outdoor meets had events such as foot races, relay races, standing and running broad jump, hop-skip-and-jump, shot putt, high jump, and basketball throw. Classes and events were held according to the weight of the participant. The girls taking part played touch ball, volley ball, racing, jumping contests, and bean bag. The first county-wide meet was held in the South End Ball Park on May 22, 1914 and the meets were sponsored by the Play Ground Athletic League. Outstanding local participants were Charles and William Burke, Dr. Charles
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976