Sports in American Life : A History

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-11-15
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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This new edition of Davies' highly praised narrative of American sports history makes use of the very latest research and now includes updated and expanded coverage of major sporting events since 2006, extreme sports, and women in sports. Extensively revised throughout, with particular attention to making a leaner, more fast-paced narrative Allows students and scholars to keep up-to-date with the fast-emerging scholarship in this field The most detailed history of American sports, with an emphasis upon major issues, trends, and interpretations Highlights the social, economic, and cultural interaction between sports and larger issues, such as gender, race, and class Instructor's Manual with Test Bank available on publication at www.wiley.com/go/davies

Author Biography

Richard O. Davies is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he teaches courses in 20th Century American History, American Ideas and Values, and History of Sports. Among his most recent books are Rivals! The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20th Century (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Sports in American Life: A History (Blackwell, 2007), Betting the Line: Sports Wagering in American Life (2001), and Main Street Blues: The Decline of Small-Town America (1998).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiv
Acknowledgmentsp. xx
The Emergence of Organized Sports, 1607-1860p. 1
Games in Colonial New Englandp. 2
Recreations in Southern Coloniesp. 4
The Revolutionary Era and Beyondp. 8
The Democratization of Racing: The Trottersp. 10
Racing by Land and Seap. 12
The Formative Years of Prizefightingp. 15
Baseball: The Creation of "America's Game"p. 20
Baseball: "This Noble and Envigorating Game"p. 24
The Early Professional Erap. 25
Henry Chadwick and a Game of Numbersp. 29
Growing Painsp. 30
Early Years of the Professional Gamep. 33
Emergence of the Modern Gamep. 36
The 1880s: A Decade of Rancorp. 38
The Formative Years of College Footballp. 41
The Early Years of College Athleticsp. 42
Football American Stylep. 43
Yale and the Creation of Footballp. 44
Football Moves Westp. 49
Football as Spectaclep. 51
Football in Crisisp. 54
The Modernization of American Sports, 1865-1920p. 60
Prizefighting Enters the Mainstreamp. 61
Sports and Social Classp. 65
Strong Bodies and Devout Soulsp. 68
America's Greatest Athletep. 72
Organized Play for the Modern Erap. 75
Interscholastic Sportsp. 77
Baseball Ascendant, 1890-1930p. 79
The 1890s: Years of Discordp. 80
Ban Johnson and the American Leaguep. 81
The Cyclone and the Georgia Peachp. 83
Masters of Strategyp. 85
The Federal League Challengep. 88
Crisis: Gamblers Fix the World Series of 1919p. 90
The Babep. 94
Baseball's Golden Agep. 98
Playing Nice: Women and Sports, 1860-1945p. 102
The Early Years of Women's Sportsp. 103
The Demise of Women's Athleticsp. 107
Helen and Trudy: America's First Women Sports Starsp. 109
Babe: The Texas Tomboyp. 111
Women Play Hardball: The Peaches and the Chicksp. 115
"An Evil To Be Endured": Sports on Campus, 1920-1950p. 118
The Essential Myth of Big-Time College Athleticsp. 119
Football: Driving the Busp. 121
Football's Golden Age: The Twentiesp. 122
Knute Rockne and the Making of Notre Dame Footballp. 125
The Second Challenge to Big-Time Footballp. 130
Hoop Dreamsp. 133
Hoop Nightmaresp. 135
Sports in an Age of Ballyhoo, Depression, and War, 1920-1945p. 138
Gee-Whiz: Sports Journalism during the 1920sp. 139
Heroes for a Heroic Agep. 141
Boxing Gains Respectabilityp. 144
Baseball's Long Slumpp. 148
Seabiscuit: Sports Star for the Depression Erap. 153
Baseball during the War Yearsp. 155
America's Great Dilemmap. 157
The "Fight of the Century"p. 158
Separate and Unequal: The Negro Leaguesp. 162
Out of the Cotton Fields of Alabama: Jesse and Joep. 166
Jackiep. 171
In the Shadow of Jackie Robinsonp. 175
Gentlepeople and Sanctimonious Hypocritesp. 177
The Baron and the Bearp. 180
Television Changes the Image of American Sportsp. 185
The Formative Years of Sports Televisionp. 186
Tale of the Tube: Boxingp. 188
Professional Football Comes of Agep. 191
Pete and Roonep. 193
Super Sunday and Monday Nightp. 196
ESPN: All Sports, All the Timep. 200
College Sports in the Modern Erap. 204
The Sanity Code Is Scuttledp. 205
Creation of a Cartelp. 206
Emphasis and De-Emphasisp. 207
Woody and the Bearp. 208
Criticism of Major College Sportsp. 213
Revenue vs Reform: An Unresolved Contradictionp. 220
College Sports as Big Businessp. 223
Play for Payp. 227
A Tale of Two (Football) Citiesp. 227
Urban Relocation, Redevelopment, and Promotionp. 230
The Economics of Organized Baseballp. 232
Baseball's Labor Disputesp. 237
The Magic of Parity: The National Football Leaguep. 240
The Wondrous World of Magic, Larry, and Michaelp. 243
Always Turn Left: NASCAR Takes the Checkered Flagp. 247
Struggling To Be Major Leaguep. 253
Do You Believe in Miracles?p. 255
The Cold War Shapes the Olympicsp. 258
Television Transforms the Olympicsp. 264
The Games Must Go Onp. 268
To Boycott or Not To Boycottp. 271
The Triumph of Professionalismp. 273
Athens and Beyondp. 276
The Persistent Dilemma of Racep. 278
"I'm the Greatest"p. 280
Boycott, Backlash, and Beyondp. 284
Breakthrough: A New Era in American Sportsp. 286
Hank Aaron Catches the Babep. 293
Can White Men Jump?p. 295
Tigerp. 298
Sister Act: Venus and Serenap. 303
Playing Nice No Longer: Women's Sports, 1960-2010p. 308
Deceit and Deception: The NCAA and Gender Equityp. 309
Titanic Rivalry: Connecticut and Tennessee Basketballp. 314
Billie Jean Sparks a Revolutionp. 319
Viva America! World Cup Winnersp. 322
"You've Come a Long Way Baby!" Or Have You?p. 326
Title IX at Fortyp. 328
"Only in America!"p. 331
Triumph of the Swooshp. 332
The World of Jimmy the Greekp. 336
The Tragedy of Pete Rosep. 338
The Demise of Boxingp. 342
Iron Mike and the King of Boxingp. 344
Whatever It Takesp. 347
Under a Cloud: Barry Bonds Chases Hank Aaronp. 353
The Democratization of Sportsp. 357
Community Cauldron: High School Sportsp. 357
Youth Sportsp. 361
Golf 's Golden Age: Arnie, the Super Mex, and the Golden Bearp. 366
The Comeback Kidsp. 370
"Sidewalk Surfing" and the Rise of "X-treme" Sportsp. 375
Epiloguep. 382
Notesp. 387
Indexp. 407
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