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Sports in North America (SportsDocs)

A Documentary History

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  • Volume 1 Part 1 Sports in the Colonial Era, 1618-1783 Edited by Thomas L. Altherr (Metropolitan State College). 1087 documents, 496 pages. 1996. Contents of Volume 1 Part I
  • Volume 1 Part 2 Sports in the New Republic, 1784-1820 Edited by Thomas L. Altherr (Metropolitan State College). 668 documents, 469 pages. 1996. Contents of Volume 1 Part II
  • Volume 2 Origins of Modern Sports, 1820-1840 Edited by Larry K. Menna (SUNY, Farmingdale). 145 documents, 420 pages. 1994. Contents of Volume 2
  • Volume 3 The Rise of Modern Sports, 1840-1860 Edited by George B. Kirsch (Manhattan College). 150 documents, 408 pages. 1992. Contents of Volume 3
  • Volume 4 Sports in War, Revival and Expansion, 1860-1880 Edited by George B. Kirsch (Manhattan College). 147 documents, 412 pages. 1995. Contents of Volume 4
  • Volume 5 Sports Organized, 1880-1900 Edited by Gerald R. Gems (North Central College). 253 documents 529 pages. 1996. Contents of Volume 5
  • Volume 6 Sports and Reform, 1900-1920 Edited by Steven A. Riess (Northeastern Illinois University). 276 documents, 516 pages. 1996. Contents of Volume 6

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Contents of Volume 2 (1820-1840)

Preface xii

Introduction xiv

CHAPTER 1 CHANGING ATTITUDES TOWARD EXERCISE AND SPORT

  1. Commencement Oration at Middlebury College, 1829. By John Frost 3
  2. On Gaming. By William Alcott 15
  3. The Female Student, or Lectures to Young Ladies on Female Education, 1833. By Almira Phelps 20
  4. Excerpts from A Course of Calisthenics For Young Ladies, 1829 23
  5. Report of the Secretary of the Board of Education on the Subject of Schoolhouses, 1838. By Horace Mann 29
  6. On Exercise 31

CHAPTER 2 SPORTS JOURNALISM AND WRITING 34

  1. Introduction to the American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, 1829 36
  2. Prospectus of The Spirit of the Times and Life in New York, 1831 38
  3. To Our Friends 39
  4. To Our Friends and Patrons 40
  5. New Volume of The Spirit of the Times for 1837 41
  6. Patronage of Sporting Works 43
  7. To Old Suscribers 45
  8. On Reporting Races "And So On" 48
  9. The American Turf Register,...: Baltimore 49
  10. Writing an Article 51
  11. National Race, Union Course, 1836 53
  12. Sports of the Turf in America 57
  13. A Week in the Woodlands: or Scenes on the Road, in the Field, and Round the Fire, 1839. By Frank Forester 60
  14. Compliment to "Frank Forester" 68
  15. Scenes At the Sources of the Hudson 69

CHAPTER 3 ANIMAL SPORTS 72

  1. Cocking in Virginia 73
  2. Rules of the Pit 74
  3. Georgia Against the United States 77
  4. Challenge to the Cockers of Hagerstown, Maryland 77
  5. Cockfighting 78
  6. Bull Baiting 79

CHAPTER 4 AQUATICS 79

  1. Advantage of Knowing How to Swim 81
  2. Whitehall Ahoy! 84
  3. Postscript, One O'Clock, P.M. 85
  4. The Boat Race 86
  5. Fourth of July Races 86
  6. The Steam Boat Race 87
  7. Boat Clubs 89
  8. New York Boat Clubs 90
  9. Aquatic Sports-Rowing and Sailing 93
  10. Regatta at St. Simon's Island 94
  11. Aquatic Register 95
  12. Regatta at Quebec 96
  13. Boat Race From Castle Garden 98
  14. Mobile Boat Race 100
  15. A Regatta at Savannah 101
  16. Boat Club in Louisiana 102
  17. Boat Race, Pittsburgh v. Louisville 104
  18. Speed of Race Boats 106
  19. Boat Clubs 107
  20. Banter to the New York Boat Clubs 108
  21. The Grand Regatta 109
  22. The Quebec Regatta 112
  23. The Regatta 114
  24. Regatta 116
  25. Annual Regatta of 1837 119
  26. New York Annual Regatta 120
  27. The Quebec Races, Regatta, and Theatre 125
  28. The Newburgh Regatta 127

CHAPTER 5 BALL SPORTS AND GAMES 129

  1. Cricket Match 131
  2. Return Match 133
  3. The Great Cricket Match at Troy 135
  4. Cricket Match-Albany v. Troy 137
  5. Cricket Match at Toronto, U.C. 140
  6. Great Cricket Match at Brooklyn 141
  7. The Recent Cricket Match 144
  8. Rules of Quoits 147
  9. Richmond "Barbacue Club" 149
  10. The Washington Social Gymnasium 150
  11. Early Canadian Baseball 152
  12. Fives 154
  13. Foot-ball 155
  14. Rounders 155
  15. The Battle of Delta. By Rev. James Cook Richmond 156
  16. Harvard Athletic Exercises. By Thomas Wentworth Higginson 159
  17. Foot-Ball Forty Years Ago. By Robert S. Minot 160
  18. Nine-Pins 161

CHAPTER 6 BOXING 161

  1. Public Fights 163
  2. A Boxing Match 166
  3. Pugilism 167
  4. Boxing Match 167
  5. Milling Match Between McDonnell and O'Hegan 169
  6. The Ring 171
  7. A Kentucky Fight 172
  8. Great Milling Match at Elizabeth Town Point 175
  9. The Canadian Sporting World 176
  10. Sparring in Quebec 178

CHAPTER 7 EQUESTRIANISM 179

  1. The Great Match Race Between Eclipse and Sir Henry 181
  2. The Maryland Association for the Improvement of the Breed
  3. of Horses 189
  4. The Blooded Horse 191
  5. Dutchess County Races 193
  6. Address by the President of the New York Trotting Club 195
  7. Hunting Park (Trotting Club) Association-Philadelphia 197
  8. Maryland Jockey Club 198
  9. Race Courses, Rules of Racing 203
  10. Sporting Intelligence 211
  11. Suggestions of a Southern Sportsman 213
  12. Montreal (U.C.) Turf Club Races 215
  13. The Quebec Races and `All That Sort of Thing,' the
  14. Races-Regatta-Deaf Burke 218
  15. The Canadian Turf 220
  16. Southern Racing 226
  17. Post Boy and John Bascomb 228
  18. Bascomb and Post Boy 232
  19. Centreville (L.I.) Trotting Course 235
  20. Hints to the Trotting Gentry 238
  21. The Trotting Turf in Boston 241
  22. Division of Purses 245
  23. Communication 250
  24. Hints to the Turfmen and Proprietors of Courses 255
  25. The New York Races 258
  26. Permanent American Sweepstakes 264
  27. Rules and Regulations Adopted By the New-York Jockey
  28. Club, April 9, 1836 269
  29. First Steeple Chase in Canada 276

CHAPTER 8 FIELD SPORTS 279

  1. Preface 281
  2. Fort Gibson Hunting Club 291
  3. Deer Hunt 293
  4. Bear Hunting in Upper Canada 295
  5. Foxhunting in Canada 297
  6. Wild Horses-The Game and Sports of the West 300
  7. Shooting Game Out of Season 305
  8. Against Shooting Game Out of Season 306
  9. Game Laws 308
  10. Icthyophagi 309
  11. The Cincinnati Angling Club 311
  12. Introduction to The Archer's Manual, 1830 312
  13. Archery 323
  14. Sweepstakes Shooting Match 325
  15. The Shooting Sweepstakes 328
  16. The Shooting Sweepstakes-Reply 329
  17. Shooting Sweepstakes, Banter from the Buckeye Club! 330
  18. Rifle Shooting 331
  19. Target Shooting 332

CHAPTER 9 GYMNASTICS 335

  1. Excerpts from Elements of Gymnastics, 1830. By William Fuller 336
  2. Excerpts from a Treatise on Gymnastics, 1828. By F.L. Jahn, translated by Carl Beck 347

CHAPTER 10 PEDESTRIANISM 357

  1. Races at Hoboken 358
  2. Results of the Races at Hoboken 359
  3. Pedestrianism 360
  4. Pedestrian Feats 360
  5. Osage Indians 361
  6. The Great Walk at Philadelphia 363
  7. Fraud and a Foot Race 365
  8. The Great Foot Race 366
  9. The Foot Race at Augusta for $3,000 a-side 370
  10. Foot Racing, Etc. at Hoboken 371
  11. The Gathering-Toronto Athletic Games 373

CHAPTER 11 WINTER SPORTS 377

  1. The Sleighing 378
  2. Canadian Sleigh-Drivers-A Cariole Race. A Winter Sketch
  3. on the Ice-Bridge, Quebec 382
  4. Curling Match in Upper Canada 384
  5. Skating 387

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

  1. Primary Sources 390
  2. Secondary Sources 391

Indexes

  1. Index of Names 396
  2. Index of Subjects 399
  3. Index of Institutions 400
  4. Index of Geographic and Place Names 402

 

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