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American Sports : From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports,9780130801128

American Sports : From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports

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4th
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9780130801128

ISBN10:
0130801127
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

The revised edition of this widely-acclaimed book offers a gracefully written, analytical history of American sports from the colonial era to the present. It gives special attention to the historical relationship between sports and such major social cleavages as class, race, ethnicity, gender, region and the power that sports have exercised in binding diverse peoples together.

Author Biography

Benjamin G. Rader is James L. Sellers Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is co-editor of the Sport and Society Series of the University of Illinois Press.

Table of Contents

PREFACE vii
1 SPORTS IN EARLY AMERICA
1(18)
Britain's Festive Culture
2(3)
The Puritan Assault upon Britain's Festive Culture
5(2)
"Lawful Sport" in New England and the Middle Colonies
7(2)
Sporting Ways of the Southern Colonies
9(5)
Backcountry Sporting Ways
14(1)
Pastimes of the Revolutionary Era
15(1)
Conclusion
16(1)
Notes
17(2)
2 THE SETTING FOR NINETEENTH-CENTURY SPORTS
19(15)
Conquering Space and Time
20(2)
The New, Middle-Class Victorian Culture
22(1)
From "Rational" Recreation to the Strenuous Life
23(2)
A Victorian Counterculture
25(3)
Enclaves of the Oppositional Culture
28(3)
Nineteenth-Century Sporting Groups
31(1)
Conclusion
32(1)
Notes
32(2)
3 THE SPORTING FRATERNITY AND ITS SPECTACLES
34(16)
John Cox Stevens: Wealthy Patron of Antebellum Sporting Spectacles
35(2)
Pedestrianism, Rowing, and Billiards
37(2)
Early History of American Prize fighting
39(1)
Meanings of Prizefighting
40(2)
Prizefighting in the Post-Bellum Era
42(2)
Enter John L. Sullivan
44(3)
Post-Bellum Thoroughbred Horse Racing
47(1)
Conclusion
48(1)
Notes
48(2)
4 THE RISE OF THE NATIONAL GAME
50(15)
The Club-Based, Fraternal Game
50(3)
Baseball as a Commercial Enterprise
53(3)
The National League
56(1)
The Players Revolt
57(3)
Ethics and African Americans
60(1)
Between the Foul Lines and in the Stands
61(2)
Conclusion
63(1)
Notes
64(1)
5 NINETEENTH-CENTURY SPORTING COMMUNITIES
65(16)
Ethnic Sporting Communities
66(2)
Turner Societies
68(2)
African American Sporting Communities
70(1)
The Wealthy New York Sporting Community
70(2)
The Quest for Elite Communities
72(1)
The Formation of Athletic Clubs
73(2)
Amateurism and Its Uses
75(2)
Cricket Clubs and Country Clubs
77(2)
Conclusion
79(1)
Notes
80(1)
6 THE RISE OF INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS
81(17)
The First Intercollegiate Sport
81(2)
Early Intercollegiate Baseball, Track, and Football
83(2)
Walter Camp: Father of American Football
85(4)
Football and the Making of College Communities
89(3)
Football Becomes a Public Spectacle
92(3)
Conclusion
95(1)
Notes
96(2)
7 THE RISE OF ORGANIZED YOUTH SPORTS, 1890-1920
98(18)
The Social Context
98(2)
The Cultural Context
100(1)
Luther Halsey Gulick, Jr.
101(3)
The Evolutionary Theory of Play
104(2)
The Public Schools Athletic League
106(2)
The Playground Movement
108(1)
High School Sports
109(4)
Conclusion
113(1)
Notes
113(3)
8 THE SETTING FOR ORGANIZED SPORTS, 1890-1950
116(18)
The Media and Sports
116(3)
The Consumer Culture
119(1)
Islands of Pleasure
120(3)
The Strenuous Life
123(3)
Changing Ideals of Physical Beauty
126(2)
An Age of Racial Segregation
128(3)
Conclusion
131(1)
Notes
131(3)
9 THE AGE OF SPORTS HEROES
134(19)
Babe Ruth
135(5)
Red Grange
140(3)
Jack Johnson
143(3)
The Golden Age of Boxing
146(5)
Conclusion
151(1)
Notes
151(2)
10 BASEBALL'S GOLDEN AGE
153(20)
Baseball's Coming of Age
153(4)
The Age of the Pitcher
157(1)
Ty Cobb
158(2)
Organized Baseball's Quest for Order
160(2)
The Black Sox Scandal and the Reign of Kenesaw Mountain Landis
162(3)
An Age of Team Dynasties
165(5)
Black Baseball
170(1)
Conclusion
171(1)
Notes
171(2)
11 INTERCOLLEGIATE FOOTBALL SPECTACLES
173(18)
The Critical Era
174(3)
The Formation of Conferences
177(3)
The Issue of Brutality
180(1)
The Revolution of 1906
181(2)
The Growing Popularity of Intercollegiate Football
183(4)
Continuing Intercollegiate Controversies
187(2)
Conclusion
189(1)
Notes
189(2)
12 THE CLUB SPORTS GO PUBLIC
191(17)
Tennis Goes Public
192(3)
Golf Goes Public
195(3)
The Emperor, Bobby Jones
198(2)
Track and Field
200(1)
The Revived Olympic Games
201(5)
Conclusion
206(1)
Notes
206(2)
13 THE RISE OF ORGANIZED WOMEN'S SPORTS
208(16)
The Athletic Girl
208(3)
Early Women's Basketball
211(2)
The Arrival of Women Sports' Heroes
213(3)
The War over Turf and Principles
216(3)
The Rise and Decline of Women's Softball and Baseball
219(3)
Conclusion
222(1)
Notes
222(2)
14 THE SETTING OF ORGANIZED SPORTS SINCE 1950
224(17)
The Sprawling Metroplises
224(3)
The Inner City and the Suburbs
227(3)
The Self and the Fitness Cult
230(2)
The Advent of Televised Sports
232(3)
The Battle of the Networks
235(3)
The Social Role of the Media
238(1)
Conclusion
239(1)
Notes
240(1)
15 PROFESSIONAL TEAM SPORTS
241(20)
The Woes of Baseball
241(3)
Responses of the Big Leagues
244(1)
The Demise of Dynasties
245(3)
The Early Days of Pro Football
248(2)
The Making of Pro Football
250(3)
The Golden Age of Pro Football
253(2)
Packaging Pro Football for Television
255(1)
Professional Basketball
256(3)
Conclusion
259(1)
Notes
259(2)
16 COLLEGE SPORTS IN A NATIONAL ARENA
261(17)
The NCAA Becomes a Cartel
261(2)
The Soaring Popularity of College Football
263(3)
Joining the Top Ten
266(3)
College Basketball Enters the National Arena
269(2)
The Rising Popularity of College Basketball
271(2)
The Triple Crisis
273(3)
Conclusion
276(1)
Notes
276(2)
17 AMERICAN SPORTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA
278(16)
The Politics of the Olympic Games
279(3)
The Escalation for the Stakes
282(5)
Television and the Ascent of Golf
287(3)
Tennis--Open to All
290(3)
Conclusion
293(1)
Notes
293(1)
18 THE QUEST FOR RACIAL EQUITY IN SPORTS
294(12)
The Origins of Desegregation
294(3)
Rickey and Robinson Integrate the National Game
297(2)
Muhammad Ali
299(2)
The Black Athletic Revolt
301(2)
The Continuation of Discrimination
303(2)
Conclusion
305(1)
Notes
305(1)
19 THE QUEST FOR EQUITY IN WOMEN'S SPORTS
306(12)
Continuing Issues in Women's Sports
306(2)
The Impetus for Change
308(2)
Rising Hopes and Expectations
310(3)
Resistance to Equity in Women's Sports
313(3)
Conclusion
316(1)
Notes
316(2)
20 THE ATHLETES
318(18)
Heroes and Celebrities
319(2)
Interleague Competition for Players
321(2)
The Player Associations
323(2)
Free Agency
325(3)
The Implications of the New Status
328(2)
Youth Athletes
330(3)
Conclusion
333(1)
Notes
334(2)
21 AMERICAN SPORTS
336(2)
PHOTO CREDITS 338(1)
INDEX 339


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