New PDF release: A History of American Sports in 100 Objects

By Cait Murphy

ISBN-10: 046509774X

ISBN-13: 9780465097746

What artifact top captures the spirit of yankee activities? The bat Babe Ruth used to hit his allegedly known as shot, or the ball on which Pete Rose wrote, “I’m sorry I wager on baseball”? may possibly or not it's Lance Armstrong’s red-white-and-blue motorbike, now tarnished through doping and hubris? or even its ancestor, the nineteenth-century security bicycle that opened an street of formerly unknown freedom to ladies? The jerseys of opponents Larry fowl and Magic Johnson? Or the handball that Abraham Lincoln threw opposed to a wall as he waited for information of his presidential nomination?

From approximately forgotten heroes like Tad Lucas (rodeo) and Tommy Kono (weightlifting) to celebrities like Amelia Earhart, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Phelps, Cait Murphy tells the tales of the folks, occasions, and issues that experience cast the epic of yank activities, in either its attractiveness and its squalor. tales of heroism and triumph rub up opposed to stories of discrimination and dishonest. those gadgets inform even more than simply tales approximately nice games—they inform the tale of the kingdom. Eye-opening and exuberant, A background of yank activities in a hundred Objects indicates how the video games american citizens play are woven into the gloriously infuriating textile of the US itself.

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It now houses luxury apartments. Kit Burns would be appalled. 1889 JOHN L. SULLIVAN’S DUMBBELL John L. Sullivan, America’s first sports superstar, was also the first athlete to earn $1 million. He pioneered other types of action, too. He dabbled in show biz and willing women. He drank too much. He had a posse of hangers-on. And he died destitute. 1 Today, boxing and prizefighting are synonymous. In the nineteenth century, however, they were distinct. Boxing, which gentlemen like Theodore Roosevelt did as a hobby at Harvard, was socially acceptable; prizefighting, which tough guys did for money, was not.

A month after the first game, the Y’s newspaper, The Triangle, printed the rules, and branches all over the country began to play. There was an international dimension almost from the start. 8 Overseas missionaries trained by the Y spread the game. Hoops was being played in parts of China before it penetrated some areas of the United States. Women took to basketball remarkably quickly. The game was no more than a month old when women began to play. They must have looked odd, in their street shoes and leg-of-mutton sleeves, but they kept coming back.

For example, Bill Bowerman was not only a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division; he was also the creator of the Nike Waffle Trainer and the coach of Steve Prefontaine. Frank Gifford was a halfback in the “greatest game” as well as one of the early stars of Monday Night Football. Joe Louis helped Jackie Robinson get his military commission. Robinson was the first Negro Leaguer to play in the major leagues; Hank Aaron was the last. There is clear continuity between the 1926 tennis match between Helen Wills and Suzanne Lenglen in France and the all-American hoopla of Billie Jean King versus Bobby Riggs in 1973.

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