Encyclopedia Virginia: Sports http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/img/EV_Logo_sm.gif Encyclopedia Virginia This is the url http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org The first and ultimate online reference work about the Commonwealth /Ashe_Arthur_1943-1993 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:46:41 EST Ashe, Arthur (1943–1993) http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Ashe_Arthur_1943-1993 Arthur Ashe was a professional tennis player, broadcaster, author, and activist. Known for his on-court grace and low-key demeanor, he was the first black men's tennis champion at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, the first African American to play for and captain the U.S. Davis Cup team, and the first black man inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Yet it was and remains Ashe's legacy outside of professional tennis for which he is most noted. He was the first and only African American to have a statue of his likeness erected on Richmond's historic Monument Avenue and one of the most prominent athletes of any race to die from AIDS.
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/Chenery_Christopher_T_1886-1973 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 14:32:35 EST <![CDATA[Chenery, Christopher T. (1886–1973)]]> http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Chenery_Christopher_T_1886-1973 Christopher T. Chenery was a public utilities executive and horse breeder, whose thoroughbred Secretariat won the Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes) in 1973. Born in Richmond, Chenery grew up riding horses before working as an engineer in the West and in Chicago. He founded and served as president of the Federal Water Service Corporation and when it was superseded by the board of the Southern Natural Gas Company, served as the company's chairman. He also formed and led the Offshore Company, which drilled for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Chenery's passion, however, was thoroughbred horses. In 1955, he helped to found the Greater New York Association to promote racing and bought a family farm in Caroline County to breed horses. Between 1939 and 1972 his thoroughbreds won more than $8.5 million on the track, but his most famous was Secretariat. Horse of the Year in 1972 and 1973, Secretariat won the Triple Crown in the latter year, just after Chenery's death. In 1985, Chenery was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
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/Secretariat_1970-1989 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:33:54 EST <![CDATA[Secretariat (1970–1989)]]> http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Secretariat_1970-1989 Secretariat was an American thoroughbred considered one of the greatest of all American racehorses. Best known for winning in 1973 horse racing's Triple Crown—the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes—Secretariat was the first horse to accomplish that feat in twenty-five years and one of only twelve horses ever to do so. Twenty years after his death, Secretariat still holds the Kentucky Derby track record.
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/Baylor_John_III_1705-1772 Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:20:00 EST <![CDATA[Baylor, John, III (1705–1772)]]> http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Baylor_John_III_1705-1772 John Baylor III was a wealthy planter and one of the most significant importers and breeders of thoroughbred horses in pre-Revolutionary America. The son of a slave dealer described by Robert "King" Carter as "the greatest merchant in our country," Baylor was educated in England and, upon his return to Virginia, granted land along the Mattaponi River, where he built his estate, Newmarket. He represented Caroline County in the House of Burgesses (1742–1752; 1756–1765) and on the county court before falling out of political favor in a dispute over how best to oppose the Stamp Act (1765). Baylor's deepest passion was elite horseflesh and it nearly bankrupted him. By the mid-1750s, he had given up racing and was instead importing, at great expense, a dozen or more of the colony's best thoroughbreds, which attracted the mares of George Washington, among others, for breeding. In 1764, he purchased the thoroughbred Fearnought for the unprecedented price of a thousand guineas, and it became Virginia's premier breeding horse, whose genes were prized even into the twentieth century. Baylor, however, sank into debt and died at Newmarket in 1772 after a long illness.
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