The Civil War was just coming to an end, so the United States had to find a way to revitalize themselves. During the Reconstruction, baseball grew in popularity in both the college and professional levels.
1931 to 1950
During this time period, the Olympics grew in popularity. Every country around the world would have their best athletes train and participate in this event. The winning country would have "bragging rights," which inspired young people to participate in athletics in order to someday reach this event.
1951 to 1970
The 1920s is also known as the "Roaring 20s," because of how entertaining the time was said to be. This was a prime time in American and worldwide sports. Athletes such as Babe Ruth would take over the industry, inspiring young people around the globe to pick up a baseball. However, this time would take a turn for the worst in 1929, the year the Great Depression hit.
1971 to Present
The Stock Market Crash Crippled the United States economy. Adolf Hitler would also rise to power in this time period, eventually starting World War 2 in 1939. During this time, women's sports grew in popularity, as able-bodied men were drafted into the service.
After the Depression and WWII, many were left with nothing. Education would take a hit, some schools even had to drop physical education. President Eisenhower and Kennedy would start the Presidential Fitness Test to stop this.
Today, we live in the most advanced era of sports. Athletes are bigger, faster, and stronger than ever. Events such as Woodstock, Vietnam, Watergate, the Reagan Era, and Desert Storm helped form the 21st century and its technology. Companies such as Nike use this technology to help propel athletes further into the future.