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Kansas Kaleidoscope - April 1998

(Volume 1, Number 6)

A fun magazine for kids!

Kansas Kaleidoscope, April 1998 Making History With Kansas Sports

People have played games and sports forever. We know the ancient Greeks hosted the original Olympic games. Early Native Americans played a variety of games of skill and chance. Baseball, invented in 1839, provided a pastime for Civil War soldiers.

The Source on Kansas Sports

Looking for the fastest mile run in Kansas? Want to see a picture of Wilt Chamberlain? Need to know who was the first Kansan to win an Olympic gold medal? Turn to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and discover all sorts of great things about Kansas sports, visit online at www.KSHOF.org.

It All Started with a Pair of Peach Baskets!

K.U. consistently has a top-ranked basketball team. . .and history may have something to do with it. After all Dr. James Naismith, the man who invented the sport and became known as the "father of basketball," was the college's first basketball coach.

What Ever Happened to the Kansas City Monarchs?

During the early years of professional baseball, blacks and whites played together on integrated teams. But by the end of the 1800s, segregation forced out African Americans. Prejudice kept blacks from playing alongside whites but it did not stop them from playing.

Never Give Up

For years, the Kansas State University football team struggled with losing seasons. But now, thanks to a lot of hard work and a "never give up" attitude, that's all behind them. In 1997, the team capped its greatest winning season on December 31 when it defeated Syracuse University 35-18 to win the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona. Approximately 40,000 KSU fans traveled to Arizona to celebrate this historic event.

Kansas' Horse Hero

Kansas also counts animals among its famous athletes. Did you know that a Kansas horse once won the Kentucky Derby, one of America's oldest sporting events? The Kansas winner was Lawrin, a thoroughbred that was born, raised and trained at Woolford Farm in Johnson County.

Meet Michael Scott--Liberal Polo Player

For many riding a horse is sport enough. But for a handful of Kansans, including 16-year-old Michael Scott of Liberal, riding a horse is only part of their sport. The other part is using bamboo mallets to hit a ball between two goals on a field 300 yards long.

3 of Our Best

Meet Billy Mills, Barry Sanders and Lynette Woodard, all famous sports heroes from Kansas!

Take on the Kansas Sports Timeline!

From the time Kansas became a state in 1861 until the KSU Wildcats won the Fiesta Bowl, sports has been a passion in the state. Follow the timeline to learn who made the plays and what happened in between.

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