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Riassunto: More than a century before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, black athletes were dominating America's first national sport. The sport was horse racing, and the greatest jockeys of all were slaves and the sons of slaves. Cheered by thousands of Americans in the North and South, they rode to victory in all of the major stakes, including the very first Kentucky Derby. Although their glory days ranged from the early 1700s to the turn of the 20th century, the memory of these great black jockeys was erased from history. Who were these athletes and why have their names vanished without a trace?
"This may be the most fascinating untold sports story in American history. We are lucky that it is so well told now by Mr. Hotaling in his wonderfully written book." ? Charles Osgood, anchor, CBS News Sunday Morning
The Great Black Jockeys is the first book about the lives and times of the forgotten men whose extraordinary skills were a wonder to behold, men with names like "Honest Ike" Murphy, Abe Hawkins, Willie Simms, Austin Curtis, Jimmy Winkfield, and dozens more. This is also a story of a young country where whole towns turned out in cleared fields to cheer and place wagers on magnificent horses and the men who rode them, and where the greatest athletes in the land were the property of others. For fleeting moments on the racecourse black riders in colorful silks tasted the glory and freedom that slavery had denied them.
In The Great Black Jockeys, the exploits and courage of America's earliest and best athletes are finally remembered.
Recensione: The most engrossing sports stories have a way of sneaking up on you. They explore issues much broader than competition, who won, and who lost; they are sports stories because they take place on the fields of play, but the light they shed illuminates much more than the athletic arena. On one level, The Great Black Jockeys is certainly about sports--indeed, racing was America's first national sport. But it's also about much more than that. It's an absorbing history, at times tragic, at times inspiring, of a nation in transition and the complex interrelationship between sports, society, attitudes, and race.
The overriding tragedy here is that this particular story essentially ends just after the turn of the 20th century. Before that, black riders dominated the game. In slave days, race riding could be a route to freedom. It was certainly a route to fame and a share of fortune. Whether a match race for bragging rights in the field, or a leg of the prestigious Triple Crown, black riders had at least a fair shake. Isaac Murphy, whose winning percentages have never been matched, won a trio of Kentucky Derbies. Jimmy Winkfield won back-to-back Runs for the Roses in 1901 and 1902. Yet, no black rider has piloted a winner in a major American stakes race since 1909. What happened?
By introducing us to a forgotten chapter in sports history and a host of deserving athletic legends sadly overlooked by time, Hotaling explores what did happen, and why a sport that witnessed blacks and whites competing as equals for so long at the highest levels suddenly locked the starting gate. The story Hotaling tells is as fascinating as it is painful, a story of opportunity unsaddled by prejudice and fear, and never significantly remounted again. "This is not black history," he makes clear. "It is not white history. It is American history." And like so much of American history, it's more complex than black and white. --Jeff Silverman
Titolo: The Great Black Jockeys
Casa editrice: Prima Lifestyles
Data di pubblicazione: 1999
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Prima Lifestyles, 1999. Condizione libro: Fair. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP63706590
Descrizione libro Prima Lifestyles, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Codice libro della libreria mon0001298502
Descrizione libro Prima Lifestyles. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. Very Good: Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Codice libro della libreria 2657609420
Descrizione libro Prima Lifestyles. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. Very Good Some wear on book from reading. Codice libro della libreria 2664909036
Descrizione libro Prima Lifestyles, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. All orders are shipped with a USPS tracking number. Book has an unclipped dust cover. First Class Customer Service, Orders Handled Promptly. No writing or markings in book. This is NOT an ex-library. Codice libro della libreria mon0000009595
Descrizione libro Prima Lifestyles, 1999. Condizione libro: Used. This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: More than a century before the great Jackie Robinson played ball in a Dodger uniform, black athletes were dominating America's first national sport -- horseracing. Who were these athletes, and why have their names vanished without a trace? This is the first book to tell the story of the lives and times of these forgotten men. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_usedgood_0761514376
Descrizione libro Prima Lifestyles, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0761514376
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97807615143744.0
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 97807615143743.0
Descrizione libro U.S.A.: Prima Lifestyles, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. Language: eng. Codice libro della libreria ABE-3705212569965376112