Rock, the Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports

Rock, the Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports

by Randy Roberts
ISBN-10:
0674015045
ISBN-13:
2900674015042
Pub. Date:
04/30/2005
Publisher:
Harvard University Press

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Rock, the Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports

When you hear the words "Boston sports," does your mind flash to a place or to a person? Do you think of a fly ball arching over the Green Monster, a Celtic breaking across the parquet at Boston Garden, rowers skimming along the Charles River in autumn, or runners tackling the grueling stretch of "Heartbreak Hill" during the Boston Marathon? Or do you conjure faces—a smiling Babe Ruth, a bearded Bill Russell, a determined Rocky Marciano, a boyish and nimble Bobby Orr, or a defiant Pedro Martinez? Most likely, it is impossible to separate the two, impossible to imagine Bob Cousy on any court other than the Garden or Ted Williams playing at any field other than Fenway. Certain people and places are as inseparable as heads and tails on a penny.

The Rock, the Curse, and the Hub is a collection of original essays about the people and places that live in the minds and memories of Bostonians and all Americans. From the Boston of the young Bambino and even younger Francis Ouimet to the glories and agonies of 1986 and the struggles to keep the Patriots in town, each chapter focuses on the games and the athletes, but also on which sports have defined Boston and Bostonians. In a city of deep ethnic and class divisions, sports have provided a common ground, an intense shared experience. Pursuing the legend and the lore, these essays celebrate the players, the games, and the arenas that are at the heart of the city of Boston.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900674015042
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Randy Roberts is Professor of History at Purdue University.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. All Gods Dead: Babe Ruth and Boston, 1918-1920
Aram Goudsouzian

2. The Boston Red Sox, 1901-1946
William E. Leuchtenburg

3. Ted Williams: Boston Hero, Boston Legend
John Demos

4. The Year of the Yaz
John M. Carroll

5. The Boston Marathon: America's Oldest Annual Road Race
Matthew Oshinsky and David M. Oshinsky

6. Rowing on Troubled Waters
David W. Zang

7. Frances Ouimet at The Country Club
James Campbell

8. The Lost Battle for Gentlemanly Sport, 1869-1909
Ronald A. Smith

9. Sports, Politics, and Revenge: The Patriots' Strange Journey Home
David Welky

10. The Champion of All Champions: John L. Sullivan
Elliott J. Gorn

11. The Rock, the Hub, and the Curse of Al Weill
Russell Sullivan

12. Long before Orr: Placing Hockey in Boston, 1897-1929
Stephen Hardy

13. Number 4 Is the One: The Emergence of Bobby Orr
Randy Roberts

14. The Battle of the Beards: Russell and Chamberlain
Randy Roberts

15. Beantown, 1986
Raymond Arsenault

Coda

Notes

Index

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Randy Roberts brings every moment of Boston's illustrious sports history to life. He is a superb storyteller and a passionate narrative historian who manages to find the story in the history.

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Randy Roberts brings every moment of Boston's illustrious sports history to life. He is a superb storyteller and a passionate narrative historian who manages to find the story in the history.

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The Rock, the Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
happyfan More than 1 year ago
This anthology, to which several distinguished scholars and academicians have contributed (even when outside their own fields of specialization), is a testament to the singular history of sports in Boston. The Puritan heritage has long been forsaken, for the thrill of watching several distinguished teams (and even dynasties) as well as outstanding athletes in what tongue-in-cheek was termed in the nineteenth century the hub of the universe. This volume is excellent.