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This day in sports
Gross, Ernie.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 286 pages ; 23 cm
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GV571 .G76 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Sports events represent, for many, landmarks for memories, contexts that securely fix moments in past time. And in America, perhaps more than in any other country, they are part of what connects the individual to the multitude. When we add them to our remembrances, they subtly suggest that, like sporting contests, our personal tales are fit for public consumption. How easy and natural it is to add a little referential sidebar to the stories we tell: "I started work in January, I remember because the Bills had just lost the Super Bowl--the fourth one." On a broader scale, sports have left their imprint on the stony history of the nation. Beginning slowly with a game of bowls (1611), something like miniature golf in New England (1652), horse racing on Long Island, and billiards in Charlestown (1722), the sporting life then gained momentum--and a firmer grip on the national conscience--with the early play of baseball, basketball, and football, games that would come to dominate the sports scene in 20th century America. Organized by day of the year, this volume provides the browser, the trivia buff and the sports historian a record of thousands of frames, matches, series, and championships. Whether it's the day a bases-loaded walk gave the National League its 16th All-Star victory in 17 seasons (July 17, 1979) or the day Harvard defeated Yale and Brown in the first-ever intercollegiate regatta (July 26, 1859), there's something new buried within the tome's 365 layers for even the most knowledgeable fans.

Author Notes

The late Ernie Gross of Onancock, Virginia, retired from a career in newspaper journalism and government public relations. He was also the author of Advances and Innovations in American Daily Life, 1600s-1930s (2002) and This Day in American History (2000).

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Booklist Review

Gross, whose This Day in American History is reviewed on p.1496, has also compiled this day-by-day chronology that focuses on American sports. Though most of the events that are documented are from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there are a few from earlier times.