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The Secret History of Balls

The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce and B at

Author: Josh Chetwynd

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN:

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 698

You may fancy yourself a sports fan, but chances are you don't know: A fish eyeball was used as the center of some nineteenth-century baseballs The race to make better billiard balls led to the invention of plastics The Nerf ball was originally created to be part of a board game featuring cavemen Balls are the unsung heroes of sports. They are smacked, flung, dribbled, crushed, thrown, and kicked. They're usually only the subject of scrutiny when something goes wrong: a tear, the application of an illegal foreign substance, or a dent from overuse. Nevertheless, if you're watching nearly any major sporting event from around the world, you're likely following the ball wondering where it will go next... The Secret History of Balls mines the stories and lore of sports and recreation to offer insight into 60 balls-whether they're hollow, solid, full of air, or stuffed with twine or made of leather, metal, rubber, plastic, or polyurethane-that give us joy on playing fields and in every arena from backyards to stadiums around the globe.

Girls with Balls - The Secret History of Women's Football

Author: Tim Tate

Publisher: John Blake Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 535

IN THEIR DAY THEY WERE BIGGER THAN BECKHAM. THEY WERE THE WORKING CLASS FACTORY GIRLS WHO PLAYED IN FRONT OF VAST CROWDS THROUGHT BRITAIN AND BECAME CELEBRITIES ACROSS THE WORLD. THEY THREATENED THE ENTIRE MALE-DOMINATED BASTION OF 20TH CENTURY FOOTBALL. SO THE FA PLOTTED TO SHUT THEM DOWN.Boxing Day 1920, and 53,000 men, women and children pack inside Goodison Park. The extraordinary crowds have come to watch two rivals play a match for charity. But this is no ordinary charity fixture. Eleven of the players are international celebrities and their team is the biggest draw in British - and world - football. Yet they are all full-time factory workers - and they are women. They are the ladies of Dick Kerr electrical works. And the male football establishment is terrified by them.With the men away fighting from 1914-1918, most of the workers in the factories of northern England were women. And many factories had a ladies' football team. In December 1917, the team from Dick Kerr factory challenged the ladies of the nearby Arundel Coulthard Foundry to a charity match. It was the first of 828 games for Dick Kerr Ladies as over the decades they scored more than 3,500 goals and raised the equivalent of ?1million for an array of charities.By 1920, ladies' football was a major spectator sport. But away from the cheering terraces the bastions of professional men's football viewed the mass popularity of women's soccer with increasing alarm. On 5 December 1921 the Football Association met in London. After a brief debate behind closed doors it unanimously passed an urgent resolution: women's football was banned from all professional grounds.Dick Kerr Ladies did not give in, playing their matches on parkland with thousands of spectators turning up to watch. But constant pressure from the FA meant that one by one, teams began to fold. It would take until 1971 for the FA to lift its ban. Today, women's football has once again claimed a place in the global game. But it came too late for the pioneers of the sport: Preston Ladies - nee Dick Kerr Ladies - played their last match in 1969.Girls With Balls tells the extraordinary story of the time when women ruled the football world. With recollections from the last remaining member of the team from Dick Kerr's glory years and a treasure trove of contemporary photographs, this is the missing chapter in the history of football - its last great secret. It is a story of men with power, wealth and a fiefdom to protect. But above all, it is a story of girls with balls.

Secret History Of Womens Football

Author: Tim Tate

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 424

IN THEIR DAY THEY WERE BIGGER THAN BECKHAM. THEY WERE THE WORKING CLASS FACTORY GIRLS WHO PLAYED IN FRONT OF VAST CROWDS THROUGHT BRITAIN AND BECAME CELEBRITIES ACROSS THE WORLD. THEY THREATENED THE ENTIRE MALE-DOMINATED BASTION OF 20TH CENTURY FOOTBALL. SO THE FA PLOTTED TO SHUT THEM DOWN.Boxing Day 1920, and 53,000 men, women and children pack inside Goodison Park. The extraordinary crowds have come to watch two rivals play a match for charity. But this is no ordinary charity fixture. Eleven of the players are international celebrities and their team is the biggest draw in British - and world - football. Yet they are all full-time factory workers - and they are women. They are the ladies of Dick Kerr electrical works. And the male football establishment is terrified by them.With the men away fighting from 1914-1918, most of the workers in the factories of northern England were women. And many factories had a ladies' football team. In December 1917, the team from Dick Kerr factory challenged the ladies of the nearby Arundel Coulthard Foundry to a charity match. It was the first of 828 games for Dick Kerr Ladies as over the decades they scored more than 3,500 goals and raised the equivalent of ?1million for an array of charities.By 1920, ladies' football was a major spectator sport. But away from the cheering terraces the bastions of professional men's football viewed the mass popularity of women's soccer with increasing alarm. On 5 December 1921 the Football Association met in London. After a brief debate behind closed doors it unanimously passed an urgent resolution: women's football was banned from all professional grounds.Dick Kerr Ladies did not give in, playing their matches on parkland with thousands of spectators turning up to watch. But constant pressure from the FA meant that one by one, teams began to fold. It would take until 1971 for the FA to lift its ban. Today, women's football has once again claimed a place in the global game. But it came too late for the pioneers of the sport: Preston Ladies - nee Dick Kerr Ladies - played their last match in 1969.Girls With Balls tells the extraordinary story of the time when women ruled the football world. With recollections from the last remaining member of the team from Dick Kerr's glory years and a treasure trove of contemporary photographs, this is the missing chapter in the history of football - its last great secret. It is a story of men with power, wealth and a fiefdom to protect. But above all, it is a story of girls with balls.

The Secret History of the Court of France under Louis XV

Edited, from rare and unpublished documents, by Challice

Author: Challice

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: France

Page:

View: 876

Life of Jefferson Davis, with a secret history of the Southern Confederacy, ... containing ... information of the principal Southern Characters in the late war, etc

Author: Edward Albert POLLARD

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page:

View: 794

The Royal Mistresses of France; Or, the Secret History of the Amours of All the French Kings ... Made English from the French Original [entitled: “Galanteries Des Rois de France”].

Author: Kings (France)

Publisher:

ISBN:

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View: 488

The Masqueraders; Or Fatal Curiosity: Being the Secret History of a Late Amour ... The Fourth Edition. [By Eliza Haywood.]

Author: Eliza Fowler Haywood

Publisher:

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View: 903

The Secret History of Mac Gaming

Author: Richard Moss

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 416

View: 478

The Macintosh challenged games to be more than child’s play and quick reflexes. It made human–computer interaction friendly, inviting, and intuitive. Mac gaming led to much that is now taken for granted by PC gamers and spawned some of the biggest franchises in video game history. It allowed anyone to create games and playful software with ease, and gave indie developers a home for their products. It welcomed strange ideas and encouraged experimentation. It fostered passionate and creative communities who inspired and challenged developers to do better and to follow the Mac mantra ‘think different’. Drawing on archive material and interviews with key figures from the era – and featuring new material from Craig Fryar, Apple’s first Mac games evangelist and the co-creator of hit game Spectre – The Secret History of Mac Gaming is the story of those communities and the game developers who survived and thrived in an ecosystem that was serially ignored by the outside world. It’s a book about people who followed their hearts first and market trends second, showing how clever, quirky, and downright wonderful video games could be.

The Secret History of the Fenian Conspiracy

Its Origin, Objects, & Ramifications

Author: John Rutherford

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Fenians

Page:

View: 206

The secret history of a household, by the author of 'Alice Wentworth'.

Author: Noell Radecliffe

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

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View: 170

Ἀνεκδοτα Ἑτερουριακα. Or, the secret history of the House of Medicis ... Made English by F. Spence

Author: Antoine VARILLAS

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

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View: 191

The Secret History of the Court and Cabinet of St. Cloud

In a Series of Letters from a Gentleman at Paris to a Nobleman in London

Author: Stewarton

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: France

Page:

View: 478

Piccadilly

A Fragment of Contemporary Biography

Author: Laurence Oliphant

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Piccadilly (London, England)

Page: 328

View: 834

Blackwood's Magazine

Author:

Publisher:

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Category:

Page:

View: 520

Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

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View: 736

Three Brass Balls

Author: George Robert Sims

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page:

View: 307

The Secret History of Henrietta, Princess of England

First Wife of Philippe, Duc D'Orléans ; Together With, Memoirs of the Court of France for the Years 1688-1689

Author: Madame de La Fayette

Publisher: Howard Fertig Pub

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 263

View: 463

LIFE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS WITH A SECRET HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN CONFEDERACY

Author: EDWARD A. POLLARD,

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page:

View: 555

Life of Jefferson Davis

With a Secret History of the Southern Confederacy, Gathered "behind the Scenes in Richmond."

Author: Edward Alfred Pollard

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Confederate States of America

Page: 536

View: 810

The Making of Birmingham

Being a History of the Rise & Growth of the Midland Metropolis

Author: Robert Kirkup Dent

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Birmingham (England)

Page: 583

View: 665

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