A History of American Sports in 100 Objects

A History of American Sports in 100 Objects

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Grand Central Pub
Beautifully designed and carefully curated, a fascinating collection of the things that shaped the way we live and play in America

What artifact best captures the spirit of American sports? The bat Babe Ruth used to hit his allegedly called shot, or the ball on which Pete Rose wrote, "I'm sorry I bet on baseball"? Could it be Lance Armstrong's red-white-and-blue bike, now tarnished by doping and hubris? Or perhaps its ancestor, the nineteenth-century safety bicycle that opened an avenue of previously unknown freedom to women? The jerseys of rivals Larry Bird and Magic Johnson? Or the handball that Abraham Lincoln threw against a wall as he waited for news of his presidential nomination?

From nearly forgotten heroes like Tad Lucas (rodeo) and Tommy Kono (weightlifting) to celebrities like Amelia Earhart, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Phelps, Cait Murphy tells the stories of the people, events, and things that have forged the epic of American sports, in both its splendor and its squalor. Stories of heroism and triumph rub up against tales of discrimination and cheating. These objects tell much more than just stories about great games-they tell the story of the nation. Eye-opening and exuberant, A History of American Sports in 100 Objects shows how the games Americans play are woven into the gloriously infuriating fabric of America itself.


Baker & Taylor
A sports historian describes 100 iconic objects that embody American sports, including Yogi BerraÆs glove, used to catch the only perfect game in World Series history, and the goggles Amelia Earhart wore in the first WomenÆs Air Derby. 35,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
A history of American sports told through one hundred iconic objects


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Murphy presents readers a history of sports in the United States as seen through the examination of one hundred historical objects from various pastimes and sporting events. Following an introduction, Murphy performs her chronological examination of the history of American sport by examining a thousand-year-old Mayan statue, the oldest American lawn bowle, a souvenir from the Great Match Race of 1823, and ninety-seven other objects. The author is a journalist turned editor for McKinsey & Company, based in New York. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Baker
& Taylor

A sports historian describes one hundred iconic objects that embody American sports, including Yogi Berra's glove, used to catch the only perfect game in World Series history, and the goggles Amelia Earhart wore in the first Women's Air Derby.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books A Member of Perseus Books Group, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780465097746
046509774X
Branch Call Number: 796.0973 MURPH

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