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500 Miles to Go: The Story of the Indianapolis Speedway, Bloemker, Al
1 Bloemker, Al 500 Miles to Go: The Story of the Indianapolis Speedway
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1966, 1961) NO 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ben Feder 
[light foxing/spotting to page edges, no other significant wear to book; jacket has a one-inch indentation (like a short wrinkle) in the spine, some minor soiling at the edges of the flaps, otherwise bright and clean]. (B&W photographs) "Completely revised and brought up to date, with new photographs added," this 1966 printing (of a book originally published in 1961) "also takes into account the drastic changes which have revolutionized the sport [in the interim]. Lightweight rear-engine cars have toppled the reliable Offanhauser roadsters from their dominant position in championship competition -- a development climaxed by Jim Clark's sensational victory in 1965." Includes an appendix giving the top ten finishers in each race from 1911 to 1965, together with the winners' times and average speed. (And because I know you're wondering: that speed in 1911 was 74.59 mph.) This edition would seem to be markedly scarcer than the 1961 original. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Lady is a Jock, Haney, Lynn
2 Haney, Lynn The Lady is a Jock
New York Dodd, Mead & Company (c.1973) 0-396-06870-7 / 9780396068709 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Marcia Erickson 
[book itself is clean and unworn; jacket shows a bit of wear along top and bottom edges, one tiny closed tear and associated creasing at top of front panel]. (B&W photographs) The story of "the ramshackle, gypsy life" of female jockeys, of which there were then about sixty in the United States (among them Robyn Smith, described in the jacket blurb as "the top woman rider in the world," who would later become the last Mrs. Fred Astaire). In addition to chronicling "the phenomenal invasion of American racetracks by females over the last ten years," the book "also tells the story of the horse-crazy, fresh-faced young girls who are eagerly taking grubby, backstretch jobs side by side with the winos, pill-poppers, and drifters -- the traditional cadre of serf labor on shed row." The slightly mad-eyed woman depicted in the front panel jacket photo is Mary Bacon, "a daredevil Oklahoma cowgirl who earned money for riding lessons by jumping out of cakes at parties." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Cheerleading & Marching Bands, Loken, Newt, and Otis Dypwick
3 Loken, Newt, and Otis Dypwick Cheerleading & Marching Bands
New York A. S. Barnes & Company (c.1945) NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[corners and spine ends bumped and moderately worn, binding solid; jacket heavily edgeworn, some ink scribbling on front flap, paper loss along bottom edge of front panel, also at spine ends and at bottom corner of rear panel]. (B&W photographs, diagrams) "All the drama and color and wild excitement of a stadium of frenzied sports fans lie between the covers of [this book]. High school and college students will welcome this as the first complete and authoritative volume on the subject. In addition to every aspect of cheerleading, there is a complete and wonderful section on marching bands. Every page of type fairly sparkles with pep. Here are hints for everyone from the rooter king to the band leader, the audience, and even down to the mascot. CONTENTS: Qualifications of a Good Cheerleader; Attire and Equipment; Elements of Cheerleading Motions; Execution of Popular Yells; Favorite Yells; Novelty Yells; Cheerleading Stunts; Tumbling with Cheerleading; Organized Cheering Sections; Pep Meetings; The Marching Band." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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On Fencing, Nadi, Aldo
4 Nadi, Aldo On Fencing
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1943) 1944 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [a good sound book, moderate wear to cloth at ends of spine, a couple of small black ink stains near base of spine, a couple of tiny smudges on front cover]. (B&W photographic plates) Instructional book by one of the great fencing masters of the 20th century (of all time, some say). Nadi turned professional after winning three Gold Medals at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, eventually (1935) emigrating to the United States, where he enjoyed a long and successful career as a fencing instructor and occasional coach for movie actors, notably Tyrone Power. Located at first in New York, he moved to Los Angeles in 1943 (the same year this book appeared, possibly not a coincidence, as he may have had his eye on the big Hollywood money). He's credited as a fencing coordinator on a handful of movies (including FRENCHMAN'S CREEK) and even appeared himself in a small role as Dan Seymour's bodyguard in TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944) -- which I suspect was somebody's idea of a visual joke, playing off the contrast between the corpulent Seymour and the lanky (6-foot, 130 pounds) Nadi. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Superwives, Parr, Jeanne
5 Parr, Jeanne The Superwives
New York Coward, Mccann & Geoghegan (c.1976) 0-698-10716-0 / 9780698107168 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Honi Werner 
[book is nice and clean, with just minor shelfwear; jacket moderately shelfworn, light rubbing/scuffing] (B&W photographs) In this account of "life with the giant jocks," the author "offers an often hilarious, often harrowing, always candid inside look at the life-styles" of various big-time pro sports figures. Among the 29 ladies profiled are the other halves of Catfish Hunter, O.J. Simpson (Marquerite, pre-Nicole), Pete Rose, Arnold Palmer, Willie Shoemaker, Rod Laver, Jim Bouton, Jack Nicklaus, Carl Yazstremski, Frank Robinson, even Howard Cosell (although that seems to be quite a stretch on the definition of "jock"). 
Price: 10.00 USD
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