A CARNIVAL OF SPORTS: Spectacles, Stunts, Crazes and Unusual Sporting Events by Bill Severn

A CARNIVAL OF SPORTS: Spectacles, Stunts, Crazes and Unusual Sporting Events

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Most of the eccentric athletic endeavors Severn chronicles have been motivated as much by the search for a fast buck as by the desire for a new kind of kicks. Our favorites are those stunts which were associated with a single, colorful individual -- such as Blondin's highwire conquest of Niagara, Weston's ""pedestrianism"" marathons of the 1860's, and ""Shipwreck Kelly's"" flagpole sitting, but few amateur pop historians will be able to resist learning the origins of such phenomena as yo-yos, frisbees, skateboards, roller derby and dance marathons. By the time Severn gets around to pancake races, chariot driving contests and the International Gerplunking Open held on Mackinac Island, Michigan our endurance was sorely tested; nevertheless there's an audience of trivia experts that will snap up every chance to astound their friends.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1974
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: McKay--dist. by Walck