Cricket in America, 1710-2000

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McFarland, Mar 2, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 332 pages
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Cricket was played in Virginia in 1710 and was enjoyed on Georgia plantations in 1737. Teams representing New York and Philadelphia faced each other as early as 1838. By 1865, Philadelphia was considered the best cricket-playing city in the United States, competing against Canadian, English and Australian teams from 1890 to 1920. This 30 year span was essential to the formation of America's sports identity--and by its end, while the sport of baseball drew increasing attention, the game of cricket moved from being the game of America's aristocrats to a safe haven for America's nonwhite immigrants who were excluded from baseball because of Jim Crow laws. Here, the game's unique multi-ethnic, religious and cultural tradition in the United States is fully explored. The author explains cricket's ties to the beginnings of baseball and covers the ways in which the game continues to play an important role in America's inner cities.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
The Cradle of Competitive Cricket in America
41
Cricket in New York and New England from 890 to 920
61
International Cricket Comes of Age in Philadelphia 890926
82
A Century of Cricket in and Around Chicago 836936
112
Cricket and Baseball on the Western Frontier 852890
133
The California Cricket Rush 89094
150
Southern Californias Cricket Pioneers 88893
183
The Hollywood Cricket Club and the Rebirth of Southern
203
Cricket for Americans
227
Trends in Contemporary United States Cricket
241
Chronology of Cricket in the United States 702000
271
Chapter Notes
283
Bibliography
299
Index
307
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About the author (2006)

P. David Sentance's cricket career spans 40 years and five continents. He lives in Glendale, California.

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