The Scholastic Encyclopedia of Sports in the United States

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This volume explores the fascinating history of American sports, from being the Devil's pastime in Puritan New England to the celebrity-filled big business it is today. Readers will learn about many stars as well as less famous athletes, and the personal attributes of players that make them outstanding and influential people.
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Overview

This volume explores the fascinating history of American sports, from being the Devil's pastime in Puritan New England to the celebrity-filled big business it is today. Readers will learn about many stars as well as less famous athletes, and the personal attributes of players that make them outstanding and influential people.
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Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
Athletes, events, games and milestones are catalogued here in this detailed compendium of sports in the United States. Noteworthy in its detail, this book relates various accounts of sports in this country. Focusing on a wide variety of athletes, it uses sports as a window into American society. Each chapter begins with an introduction that sets the historical stage for the period to be covered with brief information about the times, including sports of the era and significant events outside the athletic world. An impressive number of athletes are profiled. In addition to such well-known male personalities as Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, and Arnold Palmer, many prominent women, including Billie Jean King and Babe Didrikson Zaharias, are included as well. The encyclopedia also commendably encompasses lesser-known sports figures, such as Miki Gorman, the first woman to win the Boston and New York Marathons, and Sharon Hedrick, a wheelchair Olympic gold medalist. While the encyclopedia discusses Jackie Robinson and his seminal role in integrating major league baseball, it does not include any information about the athletes who struggled while desegregating such other major sports as basketball and football. The athletes' profiles, heavily laden with statistical information, could have been more engaging if they included more personal information about their subjects. Nonetheless, this is an impressive, thoughtful effort, an excellent choice as source material for school projects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590692649
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.33 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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