Squash: A History of the Game by James Zug,George Plimpton

By James Zug,George Plimpton

the 1st entire historical past of squash within the usa, Squash contains each element of this more and more renowned activity: men's and women's play, juniors and intercollegiates, singles and doubles, hardball and softball, amateurs and execs.
Invented by way of English schoolboys within the 1850s, squash first got here to the USA in 1884 whilst St. Paul's tuition in New Hampshire equipped 4 open-air courts. the sport took carry in Philadelphia, the place gamers based the U.S. Squash Racquets organization in 1904, and have become one of many fundamental pursuits of the nation's elite. Squash introduced a U.S. Open in 1954, yet its current increase all started within the Nineteen Seventies whilst advertisement squash golf equipment took the game public. within the Nineteen Eighties a professional travel sprung as much as provide tournaments on moveable glass courts in dramatic locales resembling the wintry weather backyard on the international alternate heart.
James Zug, with entry to non-public data and interviews with countless numbers of avid gamers, describes the riveting moments and sweeping ancient traits that experience formed the sport. He specializes in the biographies of mythical squash personalities: Eleo Sears, the Boston Brahmin who swam within the chilly Atlantic prior to suits; Hashim Khan, the impish founding father of the Khan dynasty; Victor Niederhoffer, the son of a Brooklyn cop; and Mark Talbott, a thankful useless groupie who traveled the professional circuit sound asleep behind his pickup. A gripping cultural historical past, Squash is the e-book for which all aficionados of this fast paced, fascinating video game were waiting.

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