Post by Perry Spring on Aug 14, 2012 17:15:05 GMT -5
It's kind of hard to imagine that the Summer Olympics took a backseat like that, but things were so different back then.
The city of Chicago, Illinois, had won the original bid to host the 1904 Summer Olympics, but the organizers of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis would not accept another international event in the same time frame.
The exposition organization began to plan for its own sports activities, informing the Chicago OCOG that its own international sports events intended to eclipse the Olympic Games unless they were moved to St. Louis. Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, gave in and awarded the games to St. Louis.
Wonder where Bob Costas was to report the goingson?