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City Games

The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports

From billiards to stickball, the games people played in an urbanizing nation

Comprehensive and thoughtful, City Games looks at the complex interrelationship and interdependency between sport and the city. Steven A. Riess shows how demographic growth, evolving special arrangements, social reform, the formulation of class and ethnic subcultures, the expansion of urban government, and the rise of political machines and crime syndicates all interacted to influence the development of sports in the United States.

"Riess has dug deeply into the urban roots of our national obsession. City Games is valuable reading for anyone interested in America's cities or America's sports."--Stephen Hardy, author of How Boston Played: Sport, Recreation, and Community


Steven A. Riess is a former professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University and former editor of the Journal of Sport History. He is the author of Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era and editor of The American Sporting Experience: A Historical Anthology of Sport in America.

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