On the Origins of Sports

Author(s): Gary Belsky


Did you know that James Naismith invented basketball as a way to keep his students indoors during the cold Massachusetts winter? Or that many of the Southerners who began racing stock cars got their early driving experience escaping police while running moonshine? On the Origins of Sports is jam packed with these compelling tidbits of information tailor made for obsessive sports fans, and covers a wide range of sports whether national pastimes like football and cricket or global obsessions such as soccer and basketball. Each sport has its own chapter, which includes the sport's original rules; a short history of the sport in accessible, insightful text; and informative line illustrations. Also included are annotated interstitials that take a deeper look into an element of the sport: for example, the evolution of the baseball glove; sports with war roots; a compendium of sports balls; iconic sports trophies; and more. Aside from facts and figures, rules and history, On the Origins of Sports is a book that sports enthusiasts and history buffs alike will want to display on their coffee tables, showcase on their bookshelves, and treasure for generations.


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An illustrated book of history and miscellany about 21 of the world's most popular sports from football and soccer to wrestling and mixed martial arts - built around the sport's original rules, illustrated with period style line drawings, and written by ESPN The Magazine's former editor in chief, Gary Belsky, and executive editor, Neil Fine.

Gary BelskyandNeil Fineare the former editor in chief and executive editor, respectively, of"ESPN The Magazine," with more than three decades of combined experience in sports media. As founding partners of the editorial consulting firm Elland Road Partners, together they have written books such as "23 Ways to Get to First Base: The ESPN Uncyclopedia"and"Answer Guy: Extinguishing the Burning Questions of Sports with the Water Bucket of Truth.""

General Fields

  • : 9781579656843
  • : Artisan
  • : Artisan Division of Workman Publishing
  • : April 2016
  • : 228mm X 152mm X 16mm
  • : United States
  • : August 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gary Belsky
  • : Hardback
  • : annotated edition
  • : en
  • : 796.09
  • : 240
  • : 200 illustrations