By Frank Deford,Walter Iooss,Jerry Seltzer
In Five Strides at the Banked Track, distinctive activities journalist Frank Deford opens a desirable window in this exhilarating leisure that operates based on its personal set of distinct rules—both off and on the track.
The Derby all started as an concept on a tablecloth in 1935 through Leo Seltzer. From its nice melancholy roots—when younger skaters could run away to affix the curler Derby within the similar manner one may possibly run away to affix the circus—through its prewar heyday, postwar decline, and supreme upward push to superstardom within the Sixties, Deford sweeps us alongside on an unforgettable trip. He brings jointly the avid gamers, the enthusiasts, the promoters, and the stars. He stocks the exploits of Bay Bomber legend Charlie O’Connell, big name Joanie Weston, and liked villain Ann Calvello, along with her dyed blue hair, who might eventually move directly to compete in curler Derby in seven separate a long time. Deford vividly captures the thrill of a recreation Variety referred to as “cathartic, dramatic, fast moving, and vintage as a John Wayne movie.” From the idolatry of the lovers to the loneliness of the open highway to the hard-charging frenzy of the world, this can be a infrequent glimpse right into a uniquely American spectator game that maintains to reinvent and resurrect itself today.
This definitive new edition includes a foreword through Jerry Seltzer and an introduction through Frank Deford.
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