ON THIS DAY in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season, establishing a Major League Baseball record that was held until 1961. In 1948, Ruth’s feat was portrayed by William Bendix in THE BABE RUTH STORY.
ON THIS DAY in 1930, Bobby Jones completed the “Grand Slam of golf” upon winning the U.S. Amateur Championship. The event was dramatized in the 2004 biographical film, BOBBY JONES: A STROKE OF GENIUS, starring Jim Caviezel.
ON THIS DAY in 1973, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in “The Battle of the Sexes” tennis match at the Houston Astrodome. The 2001 made-for-TV movie, WHEN BILLIE BEAT BOBBY, with Holly Hunter and Ron Silver, documented this event.
ON THIS DAY in 1934, New York Yankees right fielder Roger Maris was born. Maris broke Babe Ruth’s record by hitting 61 home runs during the 1961 season. In 2001, 61*, directed by Billy Crystal, documented the season’s events.
If you’re an avid Home Projectionist and sports enthusiast (even if it’s an armchair one), then right now you’re probably dividing your time between movies and the 2012 Olympics in London. That’s perfect, because this Cinelympics Quiz has just as much to do with feature films as with the wide world of sports. We’ve chosen ten sports, all of which are part of the summer games. Sorry, but we have no actual gold medals to present. All we can offer is the thrill of victory. Best of luck to you!