The Great Match Race: When North Met South in America's First Sports Spectacle

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 5 abr. 2007 - 272 páginas
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The Great Match Race is a captivating account of America's first sports spectacle, a horse race that pitted North against South in three grueling heats. On a bright afternoon in May 1823, an unprecedented sixty thousand people showed up to watch two horses run the equivalent of nine Kentucky Derbys in a few hours' time. Eclipse was the majestic champion representing the North, and Henry, an equine arriviste, was the pride of the South. Their match race would come to represent a watershed moment in American history, crystallizing the differences that so fundamentally divided the country. The renowned sportswriter John Eisenberg captures all the pulse-pounding drama and behind-the-scenes tensions in a page-turning mix of history, horse racing, and pure entertainment.

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THE GREAT MATCH RACE: When North Met South in America's First Sports Spectacle

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The first large-scale U.S. horse race between the rivaling North and South, promoted as a contest of speed versus stamina (or "bottom," in turf parlance). In the 1800s, spectator sports weren't ... Leer reseña completa


1 Eclipse Against the World
2 If Civil War Must Come
3 The Only Legitimate Respectable Sport
4 A Fine Ole Genleman
5 His Excellency
6 This Plan Will Work
7 Dont Spit Your Tobacco Juice
8 What a Heat
13 Riders Up
14 Good God Look
15 You Cant Do It
16 See the Conquering Hero Comes
17 Ours Was the Best Horse
18 Epilogue
Back Matter

9 Every Angle Covered
10 A Hairline Fracture
11 Nothing Is Heard but the Race
12 I Have Decided on Our Challenger

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JOHN EISENBERG was an award-winning sports columnist for the Baltimore Sun for two decades and is the author of Ten-Gallon War,That First Season,My Guy Barbaro (cowritten with jockey Edgar Prado), and The Great Match Race. He has written for Smithsonian,Sports Illustrated, and Details, among other publications, and currently contributes columns to He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


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