Give up exercise, Theodore Roosevelt was told by a doctor while attending Harvard, or you might die of a heart attack! This after being plagued by crippling asthma, myopic eyesight, and other ailments as a child. Roosevelt's body was his weakness, the one hill he could never conquer.
But, oh, how he tried!
In vivid detail, The Strenuous Life shows how Roosevelt developed an obsession with athletics, carried it to the nation's highest office, and championed a new age of American athleticism. As President, Roosevelt boxed, practiced Ju-Jitsu, played tennis, conducted harrowing "point-to-point" walks, and invited athletes to the White House. He also made certain that each of his children played sports. Not surprisingly, Roosevelt's personal quest had broad reverberations. During his administration, America saw an unprecedented rise in sports and recreational activities. With Roosevelt in office, baseball's first ever World Series took place, interscholastic sports began, and schools placed a legitimate emphasis on physical education. Additionally, the NCAA formed, and the United States hosted the Olympics for the first time.
Yes, the "Bull Moose," as he'd come to be known, resided squarely in the midst of this upheaval. Filled with amazing anecdotes, a who's who of American political and sports figures from the early 20th century, and Rooseveltian gusto and humor, this book is the play-by-play and color commentary on Roosevelt's "Strenuous Life."
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Table of Contents
1 Hit the Line Hard 11
2 The Strenuous (Like, Really Strenuous) Life 35
3 Harvard and Its Harvardness 51
4 The Tennis Cabinet 71
5 Creating the Roosevelt Athletic League 93
6 1904 118
7 Ted's Dangerous Football Adventure 141
8 "Walking" 171
9 Baseball's Great Roosevelt Chase 188
10 Legacy 211
11 Wait…Jack Johnson? 229
12 One Last Race 249
About the Author 328