For the Love of the Game: Amateur Sport in Small-Town Ontario, 1838-1895

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jan 31, 2003 - History - 213 pages
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Nancy Bouchier traces the increasing importance of amateur sport to Woodstock and Ingersoll, two small nineteenth-century Ontario towns, revealing its intricate ties to urban boosterism and middle-class culture. Focusing on civic holiday celebrations, the establishment of organized clubs for cricket, baseball, and lacrosse, and the rise of spirited urban sports rivalries, Bouchier shows that small town interest in sports was much more than a pale imitation of the sporting life of Canada's major urban centres.

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Nancy B. Bouchier is associate professor of kinesiology and associate member of the Department of History, McMaster University.

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