Ellison "Tarzan" Brown: The Narragansett Indian Who Twice Won the Boston Marathon

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McFarland, Jul 5, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 445 pages
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Ellison "Tarzan" Brown was one of America's premier marathon runners during the 1930s and 1940s. This volume tells the story of his life from the beginning of his budding career in the early 1930s through his untimely death in 1975. With his unorthodox approach to the sport and his spectacular finishes, Tarzan Brown quickly became something of a legend in racing. Inevitably, he became the subject of stories that were not always entirely factual--and sometimes not very flattering. This biography seeks to present an accurate, unbiased account of Brown's life. The reminiscences of his close friends, family and even his rivals paint a vivid picture of the man and his career. The book covers in considerable depth events such as Brown's trip to the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany and his role in the naming of the infamous Heartbreak Hill on the course of the Boston Marathon. Completing the picture is a look at the more personal aspects of Brown's life, such as his struggle to support his young family, and an examination of his Narragansett Indian heritage. The final chapter discusses the misconceptions surrounding Brown's accidental death outside a bar in 1975.
 

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Contents

Remember Tarzan Brown by John J Kelley
1
Introduction
5
The Narragansett
7
What Kid Could Ever Run That Way from Westerly?
11
Helason Brown933
13
Two of Them Trying to Run with One Pair of Legs934
20
Even Without Shoes935
24
Two National Titles in a Fortnight935
33
This Marathon Business Is Okay But You Cant Support a Family on It939
200
A Question of Fairness939
220
The Greatest Attraction in New England939
233
Tarzan Browns Thunder 1939
247
The Fastest Thing in Floating Foot Power
260
Bad Cramps Bad Socks1940
271
Three Races to Every Two1940
288
Winning Most of the Silverware 1940
299

This Human Powerhouse936
44
ThePreMarathonBuzz936
52
A Pat on the Back936
62
Nason and the Hill936
81
Marathon Aftermath936
85
Olympic Team Selection936
95
Even Better Than Running936
103
Running for Uncle Sam936
112
Tarzan Browns October Feat and Feet936
129
Full of Real Heart937
146
A Running Enigma938
159
I Give Him a Ride and He Gives Me a Beating939
177
To the Welcome Relief of the Finish Line in Record Time939
184
He Has Everybody Guessing 1941
312
Injury1941
323
Indian Comet Along the Comeback Trail 1942
335
The Prettiest Thing I Ever Saw in Action1943
346
An Ungovernable Tear19441945
356
Surprises by Finishing 12th in Final Comeback 1946
363
Time and Marathoners FlyThe Postwar Years
370
The Final Years
377
A Final Look
388
Notes
395
Bibliography
419
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Michael Ward, a musician and two-time W.C. Handy Award nominee, lives with his wife Bonnie, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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