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The Resource Pedestrianism : when watching people walk was America's favorite sport, Matthew Algeo

Pedestrianism : when watching people walk was America's favorite sport, Matthew Algeo

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Pedestrianism : when watching people walk was America's favorite sport
Title
Pedestrianism
Title remainder
when watching people walk was America's favorite sport
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Algeo
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Strange as it sounds, during the 1870s and 1880s, America's most popular spectator sport wasn't baseball, football, or horse racing--it was competitive walking. Inside sold-out arenas, competitors walked around dirt tracks almost nonstop for six straight days (never on Sunday), risking their health and sanity to see who could walk the farthest--500 miles, then 520 miles, then 565 miles! These walking matches were as talked about as the weather, the details reported in newspapers and telegraphed to fans from coast to coast. This long-forgotten sport, known as pedestrianism, spawned America's first celebrity athletes, the forerunners--forewalkers, actually--of LeBron James and Tiger Woods. The top pedestrians earned a fortune in prize money and endorsement deals. The sport also opened doors for immigrants, African Americans, and women. But along with the excitement came the inevitable scandals, charges of doping--coca leaves!--and insider gambling. PEDESTRIANISM chronicles competitive walking's peculiar appeal and popularity, its rapid demise, and its enduring influence"--
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Provided by publisher
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DLC
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Algeo, Matthew
Dewey number
796.510973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV199.4
LC item number
.A43 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Walking
  • Spectators
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • SPORTS & RECREATION / Walking
  • Spectators
  • Walking
  • United States
Label
Pedestrianism : when watching people walk was America's favorite sport, Matthew Algeo
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Whiskey in his boots, or, He's the man -- Walking fever, or, Perhaps a foreigner could do it -- The Expo, or, Not an absorbingly entrancing sport -- Coca, or, Nature should not be outraged -- Rematch, or, Not silly little female cigarettes either -- The Astley Belt, or, More talked about than Constantinople -- Pedestriennes, or, Pioneers -- Terrible blows, or, A crackling was heard -- Comeback, or, A game old ped -- Black Dan, or, A dark horse -- Anti-pedestrianism, or, Bodily exercise profiteth little -- The national pastime, or, King of Harts -- Hippodroming, or, The suspicion was very general -- Bicycles and baseball, or, Too free use of stimulants -- The last pedestrians, or, Now about everybody rides
Control code
ocn864709622
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 262 pages
Isbn
9781613743973
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013045115
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)864709622
  • (Sirsi) a1785170
Label
Pedestrianism : when watching people walk was America's favorite sport, Matthew Algeo
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Whiskey in his boots, or, He's the man -- Walking fever, or, Perhaps a foreigner could do it -- The Expo, or, Not an absorbingly entrancing sport -- Coca, or, Nature should not be outraged -- Rematch, or, Not silly little female cigarettes either -- The Astley Belt, or, More talked about than Constantinople -- Pedestriennes, or, Pioneers -- Terrible blows, or, A crackling was heard -- Comeback, or, A game old ped -- Black Dan, or, A dark horse -- Anti-pedestrianism, or, Bodily exercise profiteth little -- The national pastime, or, King of Harts -- Hippodroming, or, The suspicion was very general -- Bicycles and baseball, or, Too free use of stimulants -- The last pedestrians, or, Now about everybody rides
Control code
ocn864709622
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 262 pages
Isbn
9781613743973
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013045115
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)864709622
  • (Sirsi) a1785170

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