Madison Square Garden sports calendar, 1939

madisonsquaregardenHere’s what was on deck for the week of November 25, as reported in an MSG ad in Cue magazine:

A bike race. A union meeting for musicians. Several hockey games featuring the New York Rangers as well as the New York Americans, a team that disbanded in the 1940s. A boxing match between Henry Armstrong and Lou Ambers.

And then there’s the “Mass Meeting for America.” This was a rally organized by various religious and patriotic groups.

The main speaker, Rep. Martin Dies of Texas, “denounced communism, fascism, and nazism as alien forces tearing at American unity,” The New York Times reported the next day. “[Dies] also made a strong plea for racial and religious tolerance.”

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5 Responses to “Madison Square Garden sports calendar, 1939”

  1. petey Says:

    very cool! i wonder if rangers-americans games had the energy of rangers-islanders games. it’s interesting to remember, in this NBA age, that the NHL was around well before, and hockey was a big deal.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    And they didn’t have to wear helmets back then. Ouch.

  3. bike games Says:

    Helmets dont protect anything.

  4. petey Says:

    except your head when it hits the ice so you don’t become the next bill masterson.

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