The Boat Race at 190

One of Ralf-Peter Stumme’s favorite Boat Race article (from a German newspaper from the 1870s). The author writes about the negative influence of sports to higher education.

10 June 2019

By Ralf-Peter Stumme

HTBS reader Ralf-Peter Stumme of Germany reminds us of an English rowing race that started 190 years ago!

Today, it’s exactly 190 years ago, the world’s best-known sports event started for the first time: The Boat Race.

190 years of great sport and 190 years of press reactions too. Here the account of a not named eye witness of the first race taken from The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races (Cambridge 1870).

I think the most rowing enthusiasts know it.

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