Taylor's legacy includes being the first African American and the second black athlete to be a world champion Canadian boxer George Dixon , Taylor was nicknamed the Worcester Whirlwind by the local papers. Competitive rowing teams first came to Lake Quinsigamond in Finding the long, narrow lake ideal for such crew meets, avid rowers established boating clubs on the lake's shores, the first being the Quinsigamond Boating Club. More boating clubs and races followed, and soon many colleges local, national, and international held regattas, such as the Eastern Sprints , on the lake.
Beginning in , local high schools held crew races on the lake.
In , the lake played host to the National Olympic rowing trials. They made it to the US final before losing to Owensboro, Kentucky. The IceCats were chiefly affiliated with the St. Louis Blues. The city's former professional baseball team, the Worcester Tornadoes , started in and was a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball League.
The team played at the Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross and was not affiliated with any major league team. The Tornadoes won the Can-Am League title. The team's owner ran into financial difficulties, and the team disbanded after the season.
The Worcester Bravehearts began play in as the local affiliate of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League , and won the league championship in their inaugural season. The name of the new team will be the Worcester Red Sox. Candlepin bowling was invented in Worcester in by Justin White, an area bowling alley owner.
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The course also hosted the U. Open in , and the U. Women's Open in Worcester's colleges have long histories and many notable achievements in collegiate sports. Religion Census , the largest religious denomination in Worcester County is Catholicism, followed by Protestantism. The first Catholics came to Worcester in They were chiefly Irish immigrants brought to America by the builders of the Blackstone canal.
As time went on and the number of Catholics increased, the community petitioned Bishop Fenwick to send them a priest. In response to this appeal, the bishop appointed the Reverend James Fitton to visit the Catholics of Worcester in A Catholic Mass was first offered in the city in an old stone building on Front Street. John's , was laid on July 6, Its territories were taken from the neighboring Diocese of Springfield.
The current and fifth bishop is Robert Joseph McManus.
The Unitarian-Universalist Church of Worcester was founded in Worcester's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, St. Spyridon, was founded in The current sanctuary of the congregation, now known as Armenian Church of Our Savior , was consecrated in Worcester is home to America's largest community of Mandaeans , numbering around 2, Most Mandaeans in Worcester arrived as refugees from instability in Iraq during the early 21st century.
Worcester is served by several interstate highways. I can also be reached via a connecting segment of Route Worcester is also served by several smaller Massachusetts state highways. Route 9 links the city to its eastern and western suburbs, Shrewsbury and Leicester. Route 9 runs almost the entire length of the state, connecting Boston and Worcester with Pittsfield , near the New York state border.
Route 12 was the primary route north to Leominster and Fitchburg until the completion of I Route 12 also connected Worcester to Webster before I was completed. It still serves as an alternate, local route. Route 20 touches the southernmost tip of Worcester near the Massachusetts Turnpike. Route 20 is a coast-to-coast route connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean , and is the longest road in the United States. Union Station serves as the hub for commuter railway traffic. Built in , the station has been restored to its original grace and splendor, reopening to full operation in Buses operate intracity as well as connect Worcester to surrounding central Massachusetts communities.
In , state legislation funded the creation of the Worcester State Insane Asylum Hospital and became one of the first new public asylums in the United States. Worcester is home to the University of Massachusetts Medical School , ranked fourth in primary care education among America's medical schools in the U. The school is closely affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care , the clinical partner of the medical school, which has expanded its locations all over Central Massachusetts.
Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center in the downtown area rounds out Worcester's primary care facilities. Reliant Medical Group, formerly Fallon Clinic, is the largest private multi-specialty group in central Massachusetts with over 30 different specialties. It is affiliated with St. Vincent's Hospital in downtown Worcester. Worcester has a municipally owned water supply.
Sewage disposal services are provided by the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District, which services Worcester as well as some surrounding communities. National Grid USA is the exclusive distributor of electric power to the city, though due to deregulation, customers now have a choice of electric generation companies.
Natural gas is distributed by NSTAR Gas ; only commercial and industrial customers may choose an alternate natural gas supplier. Phone service is also available from various national wireless companies. Cable television is available from Charter Communications , with Broadband Internet access also provided, while a variety of DSL providers and resellers are able to provide broadband Internet over Verizon-owned phone lines. Worcester has the following sister cities : . See also: Colleges of Worcester Consortium.
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