By Cait Murphy
From approximately forgotten heroes like Tad Lucas (rodeo) and Tommy Kono (weightlifting) to celebrities like Amelia Earhart, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Phelps, Cait Murphy tells the tales of the folk, occasions, and issues that experience solid the epic of yank activities, in either its elegance and its squalor. tales of heroism and triumph rub up opposed to stories of discrimination and dishonest. those gadgets inform even more than simply tales approximately nice gamesthey inform the tale of the state. Eye-opening and exuberant, A historical past of yank activities in a hundred Objects exhibits how the video games american citizens play are woven into the gloriously infuriating textile of the US itself.
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Luther Gulick, Naismith’s boss, was one of the more eloquent apostles of the idea of “muscular Christianity,” which was a response to the prevailing impression that Christianity was becoming feminized, dominated by strong women and weak men. “Body and soul are both so closely related that one affects the other,” Gulick argued. ”6 The Y used sports to draw young men away from the lures of city streets; in addition, its leaders believed that sports themselves could teach character and ethics. In effect, the Y helped to legitimize sports as a constructive activity,7 even if that was not its sole intention.
1851 STERN ORNAMENT FROM THE AMERICA John Cox Stevens was one of the great sports impresarios in American history. 1 In 1851 he turned his attention to a bigger goal: beating the British. In that year he formed a syndicate of six men, including James A. Hamilton, son of Alexander, to pay for the construction of a yacht to sail to Great Britain during the Great Exhibition of 1851. Called the America, it was designed by George Steers, who had made his name as a crafty designer of the pilot boats that sailed New York waters.
The ploy worked: Heffelfinger scored the game-winning touchdown. 1 To put his pay in context, consider that it accounted for almost half the day’s total expenses ($1,062) and almost as much as the day’s profit ($621).