Game Faces: Five Early American Champions and the Sports They Changed

By: Pauly, Thomas H.

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This compelling blend of biography and cultural history depicts five important yet nearly forgotten athletes from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who had a transformative effect on their sports and on the evolution of sports in general. Tom Stevens was the first man to ride a bicycle, "a high wheeler," around the world (1884-87). Fanny Bullock Workman completed seven expeditions into the Himalayas between 1898 and 1912. Bill Reid, a Harvard football coach and one of the game's first professionals, played a key role in saving the sport from a national movement to abolish it in 1905. May Sutton became the National Champion of women's tennis at the age of sixteen and was the first American woman to triumph at Wimbledon (1905). Barney Oldfield was an early champion of motor car racing (1902) whose aggressive pursuit of crowd appeal and "outlaw" style rankled his competitors but won him many races.
Although they participated in different sports, these five athletes were central to the evolution of sports from casual leisure recreations into serious, commercialized competitions and recognizable approximations of our sports today. "Game Faces" tracks the powerful influence of money, rules, and mediating organizations on this transformation and examines pitched battles between these champions and their archrivals. The outcomes determined not only the winners but also the future of their sports.

Title: Game Faces: Five Early American Champions and the Sports They Changed

Author Name: Pauly, Thomas H.

Categories: Other,

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press:

ISBN Number: 0803238177

ISBN Number 13: 9780803238176

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0803238177Z2

Description: 0803238177 Crisp, clean, unread paperback with light shelfwear to the covers and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!