Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. vii

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xix

People today think of the early days of American sport in terms of the 1920s. This is not to say that they believe sports originated during this period, but rather they remember its champions: Babe Ruth...

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1. Tom Stevens: Bicycling and the Obstacle of Amateurism

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pp. 1-28

On August 4, 1884, 104 days after his departure from San Francisco, Thomas Stevens reached Boston and completed the first bicycle trip across the United States. Eight months later he departed for England to extend his journey...

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2. Fanny Bullock Workman: Mountaineering as Science and News

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pp. 29-68

At a December 1907 meeting of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in London, Dr. William Hunter Workman presented a talk on a climb he had taken with his wife into the Nun Kun area of the Himalayas...

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3. Bill Reid: The Play That Changed Football

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pp. 69-107

The alumni association had raised a fortune to help the football team beat its rivals. The university president perceived the team as a threat to the school’s academic mission. The coach desperately wanted to win and was frantically...

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4. May Sutton: California’s Intrusion on Women’s Tennis

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pp. 109-143

The late August 1911 tournament at Niagara-on-the-Lake was an unlikely occasion for a momentous reckoning in women’s tennis. This resort area on the Canadian side of the falls was not a major tennis venue...

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5. Barney Oldfield: People’s Champion and Threat to Early Automobile Racing

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pp. 145-184

The contest featured classic ingredients — an aging celebrity champion against a younger star in his prime with a backdrop of bad blood between them. In this case the sport was insistently modern...

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Epilogue

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pp. 185-187

In a poem titled “Alumnus Football,” first published in 1908, Grantland Rice memorably wrote, “For when the one Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks — not that you won...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 189-191

Each day I am amazed how much my research is facilitated by the ever-expanding universe of today’s Internet. More and more newspapers, journals, books, and photographs are becoming available online...

Notes

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pp. 193-221

Bibliography

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pp. 223-234

Index

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pp. 235-243