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Pedestrianism : when watching people walk was America's favorite spectator sport /

"Strange as it sounds, during the 1870s and 1880s, America's most popular spectator sport wasn't baseball, football, or horse racing--it was competitive walking. Inside sold-out arenas, competitors walked around dirt tracks almost nonstop for six straight days (never on Sunday), risking their... Full description

Main Author: Algeo, Matthew,
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2014
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Contents: Whiskey in his boots, or, He's the man -- Walking fever, or, Perhaps a foreigner could do it -- The Expo, or, Not an absorbingly entrancing sport -- Coca, or, Nature should not be outraged -- Rematch, or, Not silly little female cigarettes either -- The Astley Belt, or, More talked about than Constantinople -- Pedestriennes, or, Pioneers -- Terrible blows, or, A crackling was heard -- Comeback, or, A game old ped -- Black Dan, or, A dark horse -- Anti-pedestrianism, or, Bodily exercise profiteth little -- The national pastime, or, King of Harts -- Hippodroming, or, The suspicion was very general -- Bicycles and baseball, or, Too free use of stimulants -- The last pedestrians, or, Now about everybody rides.
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Ripon Adult New Nonfiction 796.510973 Algeo Available