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By Frank Deford,Walter Iooss,Jerry Seltzer

Illustrated with photos by way of Walter Iooss Jr.: Iconic sportswriter and commentator Frank Deford’s first ebook brings to existence certainly one of America’s such a lot thrilling—and misunderstood—sports entertainments, the curler Derby, from its start throughout the nice melancholy to it moment ascendancy within the past due 1960s

In Five Strides at the Banked Track, exclusive activities journalist Frank Deford opens a desirable window in this exhilarating leisure that operates based on its personal set of targeted rules—both off and on the track.

The Derby started as an idea on a tablecloth in 1935 via Leo Seltzer. From its nice melancholy roots—when younger skaters might run away to hitch the curler Derby within the related approach one may possibly run away to affix the circus—through its prewar heyday, postwar decline, and supreme upward thrust to superstardom within the Sixties, Deford sweeps us alongside on an unforgettable trip. He brings jointly the gamers, the fanatics, the promoters, and the celebs. He stocks the exploits of Bay Bomber legend Charlie O’Connell, famous person Joanie Weston, and loved villain Ann Calvello, along with her dyed blue hair, who could eventually cross directly to compete in curler Derby in seven separate a long time. Deford vividly captures the buzz of a activity Variety referred to as “cathartic, dramatic, fast paced, and vintage as a John Wayne movie.” From the idolatry of the fanatics to the loneliness of the open street to the hard-charging frenzy of the world, this can be a infrequent glimpse right into a uniquely American spectator recreation that keeps to reinvent and resurrect itself today.

This definitive new edition includes a foreword by means of Jerry Seltzer and an introduction by way of Frank Deford.

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