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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 3 (1840-1860)

Preface xii

Introduction xiii

CHAPTER 1 THE RISE OF MODERN SPORTS

  1. Calisthenic Exercises for Schools, Families, and Health Establishments. By Catherine E. Beecher 4
  2. Saints and Their Bodies. By Thomas Wentworth Higginson 14
  3. The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. By Oliver Wendell Holmes 22
  4. National Gymnastics 28
  5. The Athletic Revival and the Central Park 30

CHAPTER 2 AQUATICS

  1. Notes on Our Naval History 36
  2. Harvard Vs. Yale 40
  3. Rules for the Regatta, 1858 42
  4. Worcester, (Mass.) College Regatta 43
  5. The Scene of the Regatta 44
  6. Great Boat Race Between New York and St. John 46
  7. Championship Regatta 48
  8. Boats and Boat Racing 52
  9. Dinner of the New York Yacht Club Honoring John C. Stevens and the Yacht America 55
  10. Letter Announcing the Competition for the America's Cup 59
  11. Constitution (of the New York Yacht Club, 1857) 60

CHAPTER 3 BASEBALL

  1. Base Ball Match, 1845 72
  2. The Knickerbocker Rules 73
  3. Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules and Regulations Adopted by the Massachusetts Baseball Convention. 1858 75
  4. Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules and Regulations of the National Association of Base Ball Players, 1858 79
  5. The Great Base Ball Match: All New York Vs. All Brooklyn 86
  6. Cricket and Base Ball 88
  7. Grand Base Ball Match 94

CHAPTER 4 BLOOD (ANIMAL) SPORTS

  1. New York City Dogfight 100
  2. Announcements 101
  3. Rules of Dog Fighting In the West 102
  4. Contest Between a Coon and Terrier 103
  5. Great Canine Exhibition 104
  6. Fight in Canada-Crib and Boney 105
  7. Rules of the Pit. Rules and Regulations for the Boston
  8. Union Club Cock Pit 106
  9. New York Rules on Cocking 107
  10. Rules of Cockpits in the South 108
  11. Rules of the San Francisco Game Club 110
  12. Main Between New York and Massachusetts. Descent of the Police-Capture of the Birds and their Owners 112

CHAPTER 5 BOXING

  1. The Horrible Death of McCoy 117
  2. The Slaughter of McCoy, Its Causes, .... 119
  3. The Great Prize Fight Between Tom Hyer and Yankee Sullivan 121
  4. New Rules of the Ring as Revised by the Pugilistic Association 130
  5. Boston Corners, October 12, 1853 (John Morrissey Vs. James Sullivan) 133
  6. The International Match. The Great Battle (John C. Heenan Vs. Tom Sayers) 142
  7. From Bell's Life in London, 29 April 1860 (Heenan Vs. Sayers) 148
  8. To the Referee and Editor of Bell's Life (Heenan Vs. Sayers) 148
  9. From Bell's Life, 20 May 1860 (Heenan Vs. Sayers) 149
  10. The London Times, April 19, 1860 (Heenan Vs. Sayers) 151
  11. The New York Times, May 2, 1861 (Heenan Vs. Sayers) 152

CHAPTER 6 CRICKET

  1. The Laws of Cricket as Revised by the Mary-Le-Bone Cricket Club, May 15, 1854 160
  2. Constitution and By Laws of the Philadelphia Cricket Club 164
  3. Great Convention of Cricketers 166
  4. The Grand Cricket Match at Hoboken, United States Vs. Canada 169
  5. The Great Cricket Match. The Eleven Vs. Twenty-Two of Canada East) 173
  6. St. George Vs. England 175
  7. The Eleven Vs. Twenty-Two of Philadelphia 176

CHAPTER 7 EQUESTRIANISM

  1. Grand Tournament at Louisville Ky. 183
  2. Tournament in Prince William 186
  3. Exhibitiion at Ohio, 1854, The Ohio Fat Woman (Weight 400 Pounds) a Contestant 187
  4. California, 1857 188
  5. Announcement of a Ladies National Equestrian Convention Union Course, Long Island, 1858 189
  6. A Challenge (Heenan Vs. Sayers) 191
  7. Boston's Challenge to Fashion Accepted 192
  8. The South Beaten by the North in 7:32 l/2-7:45 193
  9. The Race (Fashion Vs. Boston) 195
  10. Recapitulation 198
  11. The Great Contest (Peytona Vs. Boston) 199
  12. Rules and Regulations of the Metairie Jockey Club 205
  13. Glorious Victory of Prioress 211
  14. Report of the Race from the London Times, 14 October 1857 211
  15. Deciding Heat 214
  16. Rules and Regulations Adopted for the Union Course Long Island, 1848 214
  17. Trotting Match Between Flora Temple and Princess June 16, 1859 218
  18. Editorial (Flora Temple and Princess) 219
  19. Second Match Between Prince and Flora Temple 221
  20. Unprecedented Trotting. The Quickest Time Ever Made in Trotting 222
  21. Fourth Flurry Between Flora Temple and Princess 223

CHAPTER 8 FIELD SPORTS

  1. Constitution and Regulations of the United Bowmen of Philadelphia, 1844 226
  2. Central New York Rifle Club Resolutions 229
  3. Rules of the Central New York Rifle Club 230
  4. National Rifle Club Resolutions 231
  5. Rules of Shooting 232
  6. The Pigeon Shooting Tournament 233
  7. The Rules of Pigeon Shooting 235
  8. CHAPTER 9 FOOTBALL
  9. The Annual Foot-Ball Game (Brown University Intramural) 239
  10. The Game of Football 239
  11. The Football Game (Harvard Intramural) 241
  12. Sixty-One Up 243
  13. 1859 Match (Harvard Intramural) 245

CHAPTER 10 GYMNASIUM SPORTS

  1. The Boston Fencing Club Constitution 248
  2. Gymnastics in the Kentucky Military Institute 251
  3. Great Gymnastic Performances 252
  4. Grand Gymnastic Exhibition 253

CHAPTER 11 LACROSSE

  1. Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Conditions of the North American Indians 258
  2. The Game of LaCrosse. General Remarks 263

CHAPTER 12 PUB SPORTS

  1. Rules of Billiards. The American, or Four-Ball Game 276
  2. Further Rules for the Foregoing Game, when Played as a Four-Handed Match 282
  3. Further Rules for the Same Game, when Played by Three Independent Players 282
  4. Billiards as a Winter Amusement 283
  5. Michael Phelan Vs. Ralph Benjamin, 1857 285
  6. Michael Phelan Vs. John Seerieter, 1859 286
  7. The Baltimore Game of Ten Pins 290
  8. The Game of Quoits Commended 293
  9. Return Match Between The New York and Caledonian Quoiting Clubs 295
  10. Rules of the New York Quoit Club 296

CHAPTER 13 RACKETS

  1. Constitution and By-Laws. Report of Committee (The Racket Court Club of New York) 298
  2. Racket Match for $500 a Side at the Allen Street Court, New York 302
  3. Racket Match for $100 a Side 303
  4. The Return Racket Match. By an Eye Witness 303
  5. Rules for the Game in a Close Court 304
  6. Rules for the Game in an Open Court 306

CHAPTER 14 TRACK AND FIELD

  1. Montreal Athletic Games, 1843 310
  2. The Scottish Game. A Day with the New York Caledonian Club 312
  3. The Great Foot Race (Hoboken, 1844) 317
  4. Philosophy of the Late Foot Race 322
  5. The Match (Ten Mile Race, 1844) 323
  6. William Jackson Vs. George Frost, 1853 327
  7. Mrs. Bentley's Thirty Hour Match 329
  8. Female Pedestrian Match 330
  9. Challenge to Female Pedestrians 331
  10. "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword" 331
  11. A Hundred Hours' Walk 332
  12. Great Walking Feat in Lowell 333

CHAPTER 15 WINTER SPORTS

  1. Toronto Curling Club-Married Vs. Single 336
  2. Regulations and Terminology 338
  3. Constitution and By-Laws of the Skaters' Club of the City of Philadelphia, 1859 340
  4. Description of the Apparatus used by the Club for Saving Life 341
  5. Skating Regulations, Central Park Pond, New York City, 1859 342
  6. Skating Match at Madison, Wisconsin 344
  7. Philadelphia Against Boston 345
  8. The Skating Races at the Skating Park, Boston 346
  9. March, 1858 (Snow Shoe Race) 347
  10. February, 1859 (Snow Shoe Race) 348
  11. January, 1860 (Snow Shoe Race) 349
  12. By-Laws of the Montreal Snow Shoe Club 350

CHAPTER 16 WORK SPORTS

  1. Firemen "Out West." Trial of Masheens 353
  2. Grand Trial of Steam Fire Engines on Boston Common 354
  3. Dreadful Calamity on the Hudson River the Finale of a Race 357
  4. The Calamity on the River 359
  5. Old Times on the Upper Mississippi 361
  6. Reminiscences of Carl Schurz (Steamboat Racing) 365

CHAPTER 17 WRESTLING

  1. Wrestling Match Between Mingo and Coit. Articles of Agreement (1854) 369
  2. Wrestling Match (Kirk Vs. Ainsworth, 1857) 371

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

  1. Primary Sources 373
  2. Secondary Sources 374

Indexes 381

  1. Index of Names 381
  2. Index of Subjects 384
  3. Index of Institutions 386
  4. Index of Geographic and Place Names 388

 

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