American Work-Sports: A History of Competitions for Cornhuskers, Lumberjacks, Firemen and Others

American Work-Sports: A History of Competitions for Cornhuskers, Lumberjacks, Firemen and Others

by Frank Zarnowski

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ISBN-13: 9780786491261
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 11 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frank Zarnowski is a visiting professor of economics at Dartmouth College and was previously dean of the Graduate Program of Business at Mount St. Mary’s College, Maryland. He has been a television sports commentator since 1983 and was an NBC analyst for both the 1992 and 2004 Olympic Games.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bil Gilbert 1
Preface 7
Introduction: The Emergence of American Work­Sports 13
Part One: Worker Competitions in the 19th Century, 1840–1900
1. Rock Breaking and Other Early Work­Sports 23
2. “Put Out That Fire”—Firemen’s Musters 31
3. Worker Games for Slaves 48
4. Setting Type, the Story of the Swifts 55
5. Circus Leapers 66
6. Ten Miles of Track in a Day 74
Part Two: Worker Competitions in the 20th Century, 1900–1940
7. Rodeo 83
8. Lumberjacks 96
9. Rock Drilling and Steel Drivin’ Men 105
10. Office Games 117
11. Corn Husking and Other Agricultural Contests 127
Part Three: What Happened to Worker Competitions, 1940 to the Present
12. Obsolete Work-Sports 145
13. Modern Work­Sports 160
14. Work­Sports in Popular Culture 170
15. Why Work­Sports? 178
1—U.S. Workers in Common Work­Sports Occupations, 1900 193
2—Sample Muster News Account 194
3—Numbers of U.S. Work­Sports Athletes, 2010 195
4—U.S. Occupational Sports, 2010 196
5—Wall Street Journal Front Page Work­Sports Stories, 1995–2005 198
Chapter Notes 201
Bibliography 213
Index 221

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