Yankee Doodle Dandy: The Life and Times of Tod Sloan (Paperback)

Author: John Dizikes

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In the 1890s the world of racing was turned on its ear by a young American who rode horses as no professional jockey had ever ridden: Tod Sloan hitched up his stirrups and thrust his weight far forward. Traditionalists laughed at first and dismissed him as a novelty, but as he came to dominate racing on both sides of the Atlantic, his style of riding became widely imitated, and his famous "forward seat" remains universally practiced to this day. Sloan's place in racing lore and popular culture was cemented in 1904 when George M. Cohan wrote and starred in "Little Johnny Jones, a Broadway musical based on Sloan's rise and fall in England.

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Publisher University of Nebraska Press
Mfg Part# 9780803266414
SKU 36272304
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0803266413
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Author Info
John Dizikes
John Dizikes is a fellow of Crowell College, University of California at Santa Cruz, and teaches in the American studies program.
Praise
"Dizikes understands gambling, and his writing about it is almost scandalously knowledgeable."
From the Publisher
Annotation This biography of the celebrated jockey Tod Sloan--who was the model for George M. Cohan's "Yankee Doodle Dandy"--chronicles the sometimes seedy world of horse racing and the glamorous world of 1890s society, which included Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell.
Editors Note In the 1890s the world of racing was turned on its ear by a young American who rode horses as no professional jockey had ever ridden: Tod Sloan hitched up his stirrups and thrust his weight far forward. Traditionalists laughed at first and dismissed him as a novelty, but as he came to dominate racing on both sides of the Atlantic, his style of riding became widely imitated, and his famous “forward seat” remains universally practiced to this day. Sloan’s place in racing lore and popular culture was cemented in 1904 when George M. Cohan wrote and starred in Little Johnny Jones, a Broadway musical based on Sloan’s rise and fall in England. John Dizikes’s portrait of Sloan (1874–1933) shows a small-town, hard-luck, midwestern boy who became an overnight sensation and an international celebrity in a world of breeders, bookmakers, gamblers, hustlers, bluebloods, and princes. As the King of Jockeys in the sport of kings, Sloan lived in high style, until he was banned from British racing and forced to eke out a living on the margins of the sport for thirty years.
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0225
Publisher University of Nebraska Press
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