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Baltimore professional team and Summerville Nicholson, and also Glenn Davis, a former city policeman and former boxer. The team was called the Cumberland Bulldogs and played their local games at the Mid-City Ballpark on Wineow Street.

6. Was foot racing a popular sport? When? Where were events held? Who were the outstanding participants in this category?

Foot racing was part of the program at all athletic meets. However, in the early years, foot racing was popular. An ad appeared in the local paper on September 19, 1901, stating that South Cumberland Hose Company No. 4 was having a picnic to be held on Saturday, September 21, 1901. One of the features of the day would be a foot race open to all to be held at 3:00 PM. The winner would receive a five dollar prize. On May 8, 1909, Cumberland Mayor George A. Kean was a starter for a ten mile marathon race. The event took place at the Potomac Ballpark on Flat Street (Avirett Avenue). Price of admission to the park was twenty-five cents, and ten cents extra to sit in the grandstand. The winner was Humphrey Johnson and the prize was a gold medal. His time was 1.08.03. Michael Hoban was second, a silver medal; William Paisley, third, a bronze medal. In 1929, for a fee of $1,000, Cumberland was included in one of the American cities that the C. C. Pyle Marathon coast-to-coast race would pass through. The race was known as the Bunion Derby. Red Grange, famous football player, was manager for the promoters.


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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