Encyclopedia of sports in America : a history from foot races to extreme sports / edited by Murry R. Nelson.

Contributor(s): Nelson, Murry R [editor.] | Gale GroupMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Gale virtual reference libraryPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (2 v. (xxiv, 573 p.)) : illISBN: 9780313347917 (electronic book)Subject(s): Sports -- United States -- History | Sports -- Social aspects -- United States -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: No titleDDC classification: 796.0973 LOC classification: GV583 | .E53 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
v. 1. Colonial years to 1939 -- v. 2. 1940 to present.
Summary: Explores the development and influence of sports in American culture, as well as how sports icons, commercial enterprises, organizations, sporting events, and even fan culture have changed from decade to decade and from era to era, from the foot races of colonial times to the extreme sports of today.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

v. 1. Colonial years to 1939 -- v. 2. 1940 to present.

Explores the development and influence of sports in American culture, as well as how sports icons, commercial enterprises, organizations, sporting events, and even fan culture have changed from decade to decade and from era to era, from the foot races of colonial times to the extreme sports of today.

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Library Journal Review

Nelson (education & American studies, Penn State Univ.) presents a work tracing the history of sports in America from the Colonial era through about 2007. Divided by period, the 13 chapters are written by sports experts and begin with an overview of the period before covering the most popular team sports of that time. The chapters range in length from 35 to 45 pages and place sports in historical context, discussing the social and political forces and events that influenced the sports world. Horse racing, billiards, basketball, football, cycling, bowling, sports broadcasting, hockey, golf, baseball, and NASCAR count among the diverse topics. Inserts provide information on important figures, events, and technologies. Only a few black-and-white photos are scattered throughout. Compensating for that drawback are the time line at the beginning of Volume 1, the "Recommended Resources" at the end of each chapter, and the "Resource Guide" at the end of Volume 2, all of which add student appeal. Bottom Line Written for general readers, this set could easily fill a niche in middle school and high school libraries, as well as public libraries, particularly where research on sports history is a popular topic. Nelson's work does not replace general sports encyclopedias, but it makes a nice complement to sports information collections. Recommended for middle school, high school, and public libraries; these libraries might also want a copy for their circulating collections. [Available electronically via Greenwood Digital Collection.]-Rosanne M. Cordell, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This set provides an excellent overview of sports, with the major focus on the last century. Featuring 13 chapters, a resource guide, and lots of interesting pictures, the two volumes cover the time period from 1607 to 2005. Except for the first chapter (on the years 1607-1860), and the last chapter (covering "1990 to the present"), chapters are divided by decade. The text does a fine job of giving attention to each sport equal to the attention that sport received during a particular era. The book does a superb job on the role that sports play in American culture, and on the connection between sport and societal topics, e.g., ethnicity, race, media, law, politics, and scandals. Chapter subheadings include but are not limited to an overview, summary, recommended resources, team sports, and sports for individual competitors. Throughout the two volumes readers will find short biographies of sport figures, and information on inventions, individual games, teams, stadiums, and other sport-related topics. This encyclopedia is an exceptional resource for public and academic libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. S. J. Bryant Michigan State University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Murry R. Nelson is Professor of Education and American Studies at Penn State University. He is the author of Bill Russell: A Biography (2005) and Shaquille O'Neal: A Biography (2006).

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