All-Around Men: Heroes of a Forgotten Sport by Frank ZarnowskiAll-Around Men: Heroes of a Forgotten Sport by Frank Zarnowski

All-Around Men: Heroes of a Forgotten Sport

byFrank Zarnowski

Paperback | March 31, 2005

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The All-Around was a one-day, ten-event track and field contest of endurance, speed, and strength that was the forerunner to the modern decathlon. Its heyday stretched from the American Civil War to World War I during which its champions were generally well known and highly esteemed figures. After the decathlon was introduced in the 1912 Olympic Games, however, the All-Around was soon forced into the background. The event vanished early in the 20th century before it made a brief comeback after World War II, creating an athletic subculture for dozens of athletes who kept it alive until its final demise in 1977. The careers of these early amateurs are highlighted in biographical sketches of the 22 greatest All-Around men. The book covers the great touring professional Highlander athletes, Donald Dinnie and Princeton's George Goldie, whose careers did much to popularize multi-event contests from the 1860s to the 1880s. Zarnowski also profiles Malcolm Ford, Hollywood cowboy Fred C. Thomson, Avery Brundage (later president of the International Olympic Committee), and the legendary Jim Thorpe. The story of the post-WWII All-Arounder, Bob Richards the "Vaulting Vicar" of Wheaties fame, is also included. The lives and careers of these men - as well as the event itself - are finally given the treatment they deserve in this richly detailed book, which includes more than 20 photos. It will hold great appeal to sports historians, 19th century historians, and the fans, athletes, and coaches of modern day track and field.
Frank Zarnowski has served as the color commentator for many televised track and field meets including the 2004 NBC coverage of the Athens Olympic Games. He is a professor of Economics at Mount St. Mary's University and the author of five books on the decathlon.
Title:All-Around Men: Heroes of a Forgotten SportFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.94 × 6.18 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:8.94 × 6.18 × 0.7 inPublished:March 31, 2005Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810854236

ISBN - 13:9780810854239


Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction: A Word about History Part 3 Part 1: Early Track and Field History Chapter 4 1 Track and Field in Antebellum America Chapter 5 2 American Track and Field after the Civil War Chapter 6 3 The All-Around and the Evolution of Modern Combined Events Part 7 Part 2: Biographies of All-Around Men Part 8 Professionals and Caledonians Chapter 9 4 Donald Dinnie Chapter 10 5 James Fleming Chapter 11 6 George Davidson Chapter 12 7 George Goldie Chapter 13 8 Duncan C. Ross Part 14 The Gilded Age of Amateurs Chapter 15 9 Malcolm W. Ford Chapter 16 10 Alexander A. Jordan Chapter 17 11 J. Fred Powers Chapter 18 12 Harry L. Gill Part 19 All-Around Men of Ireland Chapter 20 13 Patrick Davin Chapter 21 14 Thomas F. Kiely Chapter 22 15 Martin J. Sheridan Part 23 All-Around Men of the New Century Chapter 24 16 Fred C. Thomson Chapter 25 17 Jim Thorpe Chapter 26 18 S. Harrison Thomson Chapter 27 19 Harold Osborn Part 28 All-Around Men of the Modern Era Chapter 29 20 Bob Richards Chapter 30 21 Charlie Stevenson Chapter 31 22 Tom Pagani Chapter 32 23 Bill Urban Chapter 33 24 Bill Walsh Chapter 34 25 Lloyd Sigler Part 35 Eccentric Additions Complete the Story Chapter 36 26 Ellery H. Clark Chapter 37 27 Avery Brundage Part 38 Appendix: The All-Around Record Book Part 39 Bibliography Part 40 Index Part 41 About the Author

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The All-Around, a ten-event track and field contest of endurance, speed, and strength, was introduced to the Olympic Games in 1912 and discontinued in 1977. Zarnowski, a professor at Mount St. Mary's College who has served as a commentator for televised track and field events, chronicles the careers of the men who excelled in the event, including the All-Around's most famous athlete, Jim Thorpe. B&w photos and statistical data are included. The book will hold appeal for sports historians as well as fans, athletes, and coaches.