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Second round of 'Fort Wayne Sports History' poll starts

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 10:22 am

Here's another chance to be a part of Fort Wayne sports history.

As part of The News-Sentinel's summer-long series of excerpts from the book ``Fort Wayne Sports History,'' we're giving you the opportunity to pick the city's all-time greatest sporting event. The second of four rounds of voting starts today with five options.

During our first round of voting, Rod Woodson's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame took 39 percent of the vote to win. Woodson beat out Fort Wayne hosting the 1953 NBA All-Star Game with 27 percent and baseball's Kekiongas playing the first game in National League with 21 percent. Harding High School's Lashanda Harper winning 11 state titles finished with 8 percent of the vote and Sharon Wichman-Jones winning an Olympic gold medal received 5 percent.

There are three more rounds of voting, with the second round starting today. The winners from the first three rounds will meet in the final to name Fort Wayne's All-Time Greatest Sporting Event.

This time the nominees are the Fort Wayne Pistons playing in two NBA Finals, swimmer Matt Vogel winning two Olympic gold medals, Fort Wayne being named No. 1 minor league sports city, the Komets sweeping the 1993 IHL Turner Cup playoffs, and one of the first night baseball games is played.

We're asking you to go to www.news-sentinel.com and vote for which of these five events you feel deserves to advance to the finals. Voting on our final five selections will start Sept. 2 before heading into the finals on Sept. 9.

These selections are excerpted from the book ``Fort Wayne Sports History'' which is available at www.amauth.com or at www.blakesebring.com. It is also on sale at The History Center, Fort Wayne Country Club's tennis facility, Wildwood Racquet Club and McMillen Park, Shoaff Park and Foster Park golf courses, the Fort Wayne Visitors Center, The News-Sentinel offices, Komet Kuarters and Fort Wayne International Airport.