The 1929 Bunion Derby

Author: Charles B. Kastner
Editor: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 081565281X
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On March 31, 1929, seventy-seven men began an epic 3,554-mile footrace across America that pushed their bodies to the breaking point. Nicknamed the "Bunion Derby" by the press, this was the second and last of two trans-America footraces held in the late 1920s. The men averaged forty-six gut-busting miles a day during seventy-eight days of nonstop racing that took them from New York City to Los Angeles. Among this group, two brilliant runners, Johnny Salo of Passaic, New Jersey, and Pete Gavuzzi of England, emerged to battle for the $25,000 first prize along the mostly unpaved roads of 1929 America, with each man pushing the other to go faster as the lead switched back and forth between them. To pay the prize money, race director Charley Pyle cobbled together a traveling vaudeville company, complete with dancing debutantes, an all-girl band wearing pilot outfits, and blackface comedians, all housed under the massive show tent that Pyle hoped would pack in audiences. Kastner’s engrossing account, often told from the perspective of the participants, evokes the remarkable physical challenge the runners experienced and clearly bolsters the argument that the last Bunion Derby was the greatest long-distance footrace of all time.

Race Across America

Author: Charles B. Kastner
Editor: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815654421
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On April 23, 1929, the second annual Transcontinental Foot Race across America, known as the Bunion Derby, was in its twenty-fifth day. Eddie “the Sheik” Gardner, an African American runner from Seattle, was leading the race across the Free Bridge over the Mississippi River. Along with the signature outfit that earned him his nickname—a white towel tied around his head, white shorts, and a white shirt—Gardner wore an American flag, a reminder to all who saw him run through the Jim Crow South that he was an American and the leader of the greatest footrace in the world. Kastner traces Gardner’s remarkable journey from his birth in 1897 in Birmingham, Alabama, to his success in Seattle, Washington, as one of the top long-distance runners in the region, and finally to his participation in two transcontinental footraces where he risked his life, facing a barrage of harassment for having the audacity to compete with white runners. Kastner shows how Gardner’s participation became a way to protest the endemic racism he faced, heralding the future of nonviolent efforts that would be instrumental to the civil rights movement. Shining a bright light on his extraordinary athletic accomplishments and his heroism on the dusty roads of America in the 1920s, Kastner gives Gardner and other black bunioneers the attention they so richly deserve.

Fads Follies And Delusions Of The American People

Author: Paul Sann
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Includes material on Batman, Superman, Zorro, Hopalong Cassidy, Davy Crockett, James Bond, flagpole sitters, the Bunion Derby, marathon dancing, contests, June Havoc, Dr. Francis Townsend, Upton Sinclair, chain letters, Emile Coue, Wilhelm Reich, dianetics, hadacol, ouija boards, hula hoops, skateboards, Mah-jongg, gold, bubble gum, silly putty, Scrabble, frisbees, Father Divine, Frank Buchman, Billy Sunday, Aimee Semple McPherson, Billy Graham, Timothy Leary, the hippies, the Sixties, goldfish swallowing, panty raids, the funeral of Rudolph Valentino, and other topics.

Service For Company Publications

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Running Through The Ages 2d Ed

Author: Edward S. Sears
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 0786473398
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Beginning with prehumans running down prey, this book describes how ancient, medieval and modern runners have come to run ever faster. Writers of antiquity left few detailed accounts of running but in the early 1800s detailed accounts of running feats and matches appeared in newspapers, journals and books. Nineteenth century pioneers like George Seward, Harry Hutchens, Walter George and Bernie Wefers are here given long-deserved recognition. The six-day Go-as-You-Please races of the 1870s and 1880s--featuring running's first great female performer, Amy Howard--are discussed. Twentieth century luminaries Helen Stephens, Jesse Owens, Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zatopek, Bob Hayes, Abebe Bikila and Joan Benoit-Samuelson are included, along with the Bunion Derby races of 1928-1929. New material for this revised and expanded second edition includes coverage of the 1970s running boom, women marathon pioneers, the impact of drugs on running, and the feats of 21st century runners such as Usain Bolt, Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie.

Runner S World

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The Great American Sports Book

Author: George Gipe
Editor: Doubleday Books
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An informative, anecdotal survey of American spectator sports from the post-Civil War years to the present, looks at the turn-of-the-century gentlewoman's art of archery, the tumultuous beginnings of baseball, the superstar years of football, and more

American National Biography

Author: John Arthur Garraty
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195127973
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"AIDS has made a huge impact on our society medically, socially, politically, legally, and psychologically. Sarah Watstein encapsulates this interdisciplinary issue into approximately 4,000 terms and explains them objectively, clearly, and readably for high school students, adults, and medical professionals. The terms include related diseases such as Kaposi's Sarcoma, treatments such as interleukin, jargon-"no code"- and slang-"bareback sex." The appendixes list statistics, toll-free telephone numbers, Web sites, nonprofit and government organizations, clinical trials, databases, and payment assistance programs. Highly recommended for all libraries."--"Outstanding Reference Sources: the 1999 Selection of New Titles," American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.

The First Hollywood Sound Shorts 1926 1931

Author: Edwin M. Bradley
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This study of early sound shorts begins with an explanation of the development of sound motion pictures in Hollywood by such influential companies as Warner Bros and Fox, with an emphasis on short subjects.

Time

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The Wicked City

Author: Curt Johnson
Editor: Da Capo Press
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Recalls the corruption and capitalism that characterized Chicago from 1880 through 1931 and chronicles the lives of the men who made it happen--Al Capone, Diamond Joe Esposito, Marshall Field, and George Pullman

The Writings Of Will Rogers

Author: Will Rogers
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Red Grange And The Rise Of Modern Football

Author: John Martin Carroll
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"John Carroll follows the career of this unassuming pioneer who helped lift pro football above its reputation as "a dirty little business run by rogues and bargain-basement entrepreneurs." Grange became one of the first athlete-heroes and the first major sports figure to serve as a play-by-play broadcast commentator."--Jacket.

The Western Historical Quarterly

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Will Rogers Daily Telegrams

Author: Will Rogers
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Variety Radio Directory

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Canadian Journal Of History Of Sport

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C C Pyle S Amazing Foot Race

Author: Geoff Williams
Editor: Rodale Press
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Offers an account of the 1928 cross-country foot race; the legendary sports promoter, C. C. Pyle, who sponsored the event; and Andy Payne, a twenty-year-old part-Cherokee Oklahoman who entered the contest in hopes of saving his family's farm.