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作者 Algeo, Matthew
書名 Pedestrianism : When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport
出版項 Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2014
©2014
國際標準書號 9781613743980 (electronic bk.)
9781613743973
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版本 1st ed
說明 1 online resource (274 pages)
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附註 Front Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- 1 Wiskey in His Boots or He's the Man -- 2 Walking Fever or Perhaps a Foreigner Could Do It -- 3 The Expo or Not an Absorbingly Entrancing Sport -- 4 Coca or Nature Should Not be Outraged -- 5 Rematch or Not Silly Little Female Cigarettes Either -- 6 The Astley Belt or More Talked About Than Constantinople -- 7 Pedestriennes or Pioneers -- 8 Terrible Blows or A Crackling Was Heard -- 9 Comeback or A Game Old Ped -- 10 Black Dan or A Dark Horse -- 11 Anti-Pedestrianism or Bodily Exercise Profiteth Little -- 12 The National Pastime or King of Harts -- 13 Hippodroming or The Suspicion Was Very General -- 14 Bicycles and Baseball or Too Free Use of Stimulants -- Epilogue: The Last Pedestrians or Now About Everybody Rides -- Acknowledgments -- Chronology -- Sources -- Bibliography -- Index -- Back Cover
Strange as it sounds, during the 1870s and 1880s, America's most popular spectator sport wasn't baseball, boxing, or horseracing-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, and 565 miles! These walking matches were as talked about as the weather, the details reported from coast to coast. This long-forgotten sport, known as pedestrianism, spawned America's first celebrity athletes and opened doors for immigrants, African Americans, and women. The top pedestrians earned a fortune in prize money and endorsement deals. But along with the excitement came the inevitable scandals, charges of doping-coca leaves!-and insider gambling. It even spawned a riot in 1879 when too many fans showed up at New York's Gilmore's Garden, later renamed Madison Square Garden, and were denied entry to a widely publicized showdown. Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport chronicles competitive walking's peculiar appeal and popularity, its rapid demise, and its enduring influence, and how pedestrianism marked the beginning of modern spectator sports in the United States
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
鏈接 Print version: Algeo, Matthew Pedestrianism : When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport Chicago : Chicago Review Press,c2014 9781613743973
主題 Spectators - United States - History - 19th century
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