1924: Lou Gehrig's numbers for the 1924 Hartford Senators: .369, 37 home runs, .369 on-base percentage, .720 slugging percentage. 1924: Dr. Benjamin Spock, who grew up in New Haven, and his Yale eight boat won the gold medal in rowing in Paris. Spock wrote "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care," which sold more than 50 million copies around the world. 1924: Brothers Jennison and Jack Heaton of New Haven went to the first official Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where they wintered with their family, and won gold (Jennison) and silver (Jack) in the skeleton. Jennison also won silver in the five-man bobsled competition. Jack would return to win a bronze medal in the bobsled in 1932 and a silver in the skeleton in 1948 -- 20 years after his first silver medal. The skeleton competition was discontinued after 1948 in the Olympics and replaced by luge, until it was added again in 2002. 1925: Leo Durocher was a shortstop for the 1925 Hartford Senators of the Eastern League. In 1930, 19-year-old Hank Greenberg hit .214 in 17 games for the Senators. 1926: The Hartford Blues were an NFL team for one season, going 3-7 in 1926. The Blues, owned by Connecticut sports promoter George Mulligan, played at the Velodrome in East Hartford and held their training camp at the State Armory. The team left the NFL after one season and folded in 1927. 1928: Yale won its first Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association championship. 1928: The roster of the NFL champion Providence Steam Roller included Jewett City native and Killingly High graduate Pop Williams, who played at UConn (then known as Connecticut Agricultural College).
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