A Companion to American Sport History
A Companion to American Sport History presents a collection of original essays that represent the first comprehensive analysis of scholarship relating to the growing field of American sport history. * Presents the first complete analysis of the scholarship relating to the academic history of American sport * Features contributions from many of the finest scholars working in the field of American sport history * Includes coverage of the chronology of sports from colonial times to the present day, including major sports such as baseball, football, basketball, boxing, golf, motor racing, tennis, and track and field * Addresses the relationship of sports to urbanization, technology, gender, race, social class, and genres such as sports biography Awarded 2015 Best Anthology from the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)
About the Author
Steven A. Riess is the Bernard Brommel Research Professor of History at Northeastern Illinois University. His books include City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports (1989), Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era, Revised Edition (1999), and The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime: Horse Racing, Politics, and Organized Crime in New York, 1865-1913 (2011), and Sport in Industrial America, 1850-1920, Second Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
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Mr Tan writes from the heart. His biographical anecdotes of his and others’ powess in badmintion in the 1930s and 40s are treasures to all followers of the sport. They reflect his intimate knowledge of the sport, and his personal friendship with the champions in his time. They illustrate the values and traditions of Olympism, namely, friendship, fair play and sportsmanship.
This is a unique bilingual book that covers the origin and development of Singapore Badminton, the Singapore Badminton Association, pioneers of the local badminton scene, Singapore’s spectacular climb to international acclaim, and the future of Singapore badminton. Spiced up with photos old and new, it also boasts technical details and newspaper clippings.
Peter C. Bjarkman has traveled to all corners of Cuba covering baseball, from their early Olympic baseball triumphs to the recent domestic economic crises that have spurred an increasing number of Cuban stars to abandon their homeland. Having enjoyed rare access and personally knowing most of the top Cuban stars, Bjarkman reveals the complete story behind the Cuban big league phenomenon, and answers numerous questions lurking behind one of the biggest sports stories of the past decades. He explains precisely how Cuba has managed to generate such remarkable baseball talent, how until recently they have kept most of their talent at home, and why Cuban government and sports officials are so adamant about rejecting open transfers with major league ball clubs. He reveals the personal histories of some of the highest-profile stars among recent Cuban imports and explains unfolding events that have led them to eventually choose “defection” from their homeland. In the process, Bjarkman explores the personal risks that many have taken to achieve their North American baseball dreams.
About the Author
Peter C. Bjarkman is the senior writer for www.BaseballdeCuba.com, the leading source in Spanish and English for current Cuban League and Cuban national team coverage. He is the author of A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864-2006 (2007) and coauthor of Smoke, the Romance and Lore of Cuban Baseball (1999, with Mark Rucker). Bjarkman has made numerous media appearances as an expert on Cuban baseball, including a featured role as Anthony Bourdain’s guide to island baseball on the 2011 Travel Channel episode “No Reservations Cuba.” He appears as a featured head on ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary, “Brothers in Exile” and has appeared several times on the popular ESPN feature “Outside the Lines.”
About the Author
Allyson Pollock is professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary, University of London. She set up and directed the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh from 2005 to 2011, and prior to that she was Head of the Public Health Policy Unit at UCL and Director of Research & Development at UCL Hospitals NHS Trust. She is the author of NHS plc and co-author of The New NHS: A Guide. She writes regularly in the Guardian as well as many professional publications. Website: http://www.allysonpollock.com/
The toy industry is one of the most consistently misunderstood sectors of American business. Thats no surprise because on many levels it resists easy definition. Its a commodity business. No, its a fashion business. No, its a consumer products business. No, its an entertainment business. The fact is its all of these businesses, each of which addresses and responds to market forces differently. And often, especially with the larger, publicly traded companies all of these businesses share a balance sheet. This book will provide a concise and in-depth introduction to the structure, practices and market forces that impact the toy industry. It will offer a short history of the industry, a description of the current market landscape, major and emerging industry competitors, contemporary trends, changes and expectations for the future. It will further cover aspects of retailing, consumer behavior, and financial markets as they relate to the industry. As noted, the book will focus primarily on the U.S. toy industry, but will provide guidelines for extrapolating the information to the global toy market and a highlight of those issues, such as manufacturing, that are relatively consistent worldwide. The book is intended to provide a foundation for understanding the diverse and changing nature of the toy industry and to help readers develop a context for appreciating it relevant to other, more predictable and definable industries. Many studentsaaC–“and professionals for that matteraaC–“come to the toy industry ill equipped for success because they are unable to understand the various disciplines and business practices it encompasses and therefore unable to apply those practices appropriately for the product or product category. A preschool toy will never behave like a toy from a hot movie. Its something many successful people in the business know and have learned over time, but it remains a mystery to the uninitiated. Withal this book is intended as an initiation into a fascinating, fast-paced and fiercely competitive business that is very often more an art than a science.
About the Author
Christopher Byrne New York, NY, Content Director for Time to Play Magazine, Editor-at Large, Toys & Family Entertainment and Royalties Magazines, Founder and Principal, Byrne Communications.