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A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included. Binding has minimal wear. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
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ISBN-10:

1616085851

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Trade Cloth

ISBN-13:

9781616085858

Publication Year:

2012

Author:

Sharon B. Smith

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English

ISBN:

9781616085858

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His winning percentage was well above Jordan s shooting average or Woods s domination of golf tournaments. And he sold products and drew spectators like no one had ever done. He was hands-down the most famous athlete in America s most popular spectator sport, and exactly one hundred years ago you would have been hard pressed to find anybody in the country who didn t know his name. He was Dan Patch, and he was a racehorse.At the turn of the last century, harness racing drew larger crowds and offered bigger paychecks than any other sport. Its stars were household names, and Dan Patch was both the most celebrated and the richest. As successful as he was on the track, Dan Patch was also America s first marketing machine : the horse who could sell cigars, washing machines, stoves, automobiles, and animal feed, just by the presence of his name and photograph. The Best There Ever Was examines the evolution of sports marketing through the lives of Dan Patch and the three men who owned him: an Indiana breeder, Dan Messner; M. E. Sturgis, who sold the horse for $20,000 (a fortune in those days) and spent the rest of his life trying to buy him back; and Marion W. Savage of Minneapolis, whose entrepreneurial skills presaged today s sports marketing geniuses.Any athlete who can draw a 90,000-person crowd, offer up world records, and then sell a coal stove with his name on it may well be the best by anybody s standards. A fun and fascinating read for sports lovers.

His winning percentage was well above Jordan'™s shooting averageor Woods'™s domination of golf tournaments. And he soldproducts and drew spectators like no one had ever done. He washands-down the most famous athlete in America'™s most popularspectator sport, and exactly one hundred years ago you would havebeen hard pressed to find anybody in the country who didn'™t knowhis name. He was Dan Patch, and he was a racehorse. At the turn of the last century, harness racing drew larger crowdsand offered bigger paychecks than any other sport. Its stars werehousehold names, and Dan Patch was both the most celebratedand the richest. As successful as he was on the track, Dan Patchwas also America'™s first 'Œmarketing machine': the horse who couldsell cigars, washing machines, stoves, automobiles, and animal feed,just by the presence of his name and photograph. The Best ThereEver Was examines the evolution of sports marketing through thelives of Dan Patch and the three men who owned him: an Indianabreeder, Dan Messner; M. E. Sturgis, who sold the horse for$20,000 (a fortune in those days) and spent the rest of his life tryingto buy him back; and Marion W. Savage of Minneapolis, whoseentrepreneurial skills presaged today'™s sports marketing geniuses. Any athlete who can draw a 90,000-person crowd, offer up worldrecords, and then sell a coal stove with his name on it may wellbe the best by anybody'™s standards. A fun and fascinating read forsports lovers.

His winning percentage was well above Jordan'™s shooting averageor Woods'™s domination of golf tournaments. And he soldproducts and drew spectators like no one had ever done. He washands-down the most famous athlete in America'™s most popularspectator sport, and exactly one hundred years ago you would havebeen hard pressed to find anybody in the country who didn'™t knowhis name. He was Dan Patch, and he was a racehorse. At the turn of the last century, harness racing drew larger crowdsand offered bigger paychecks than any other sport. Its stars werehousehold names, and Dan Patch was both the most celebratedand the richest. As successful as he was on the track, Dan Patchwas also America'™s first 'Œmarketing machine': the horse who couldsell cigars, washing machines, stoves, automobiles, and animal feed,just by the presence of his name and photograph. The Best ThereEver Was examines the evolution of sports marketing through thelives of Dan Patch and the three men who owned him: an Indianabreeder, Dan Messr&essner; M. E. Sturgis, who sold the horse for$20,000 (a fortune in those days) and spent the rest of his life tryingto buy him back; and Marion W. Savage of Minneapolis, whoseentrepreneurial skills presaged today'™s sports marketing geniuses. Any athlete who can draw a 90,000-person crowd, offer up worldrecords, and then sell a coal stove with his name on it may wellbe the best by anybody'™s standards. A fun and fascinating read forsports lovers.


Product Identifiers
ISBN-101616085851
ISBN-139781616085858

Key Details
AuthorSharon B. Smith
Number Of Pages256 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2012-07-01
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated

Additional Details
Copyright Date2012
IllustratedYes

Dimensions
Weight15.1 Oz
Height1 In.
Width0.6 In.
Length0.9 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
LCCN2011-042223
LC Classification NumberSF343.D3S65 2012
Dewey Decimal636.1/75
Dewey Edition23

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"Before Man o'' War, before Seabiscuit and almost three-quarters of a century before Secretariat, a pacing racehorse named Dan Patch enthralled Americans. By the time Dan Patch reached racing age in 1900, the nation was hurtling past smokestacks that rose into the 20th century. Dan Patch was a star during the twilight of an America that evokes memory and myth. The horse links us to a past of county fairs and church suppers, of neighbors waving to one another on hometown streets. He excelled at old-time harness racing while living on into the new automobile era. As Sharon B. Smith observes in "The Best There Ever Was," the timing of Dan Patch''s birth date, April 29, 1896, coincided with the shift to transportation''s future: Six weeks later, automobile manufacturers Charles and Frank Duryea would announce that they had sold their 13th horseless vehicle. Americans called these motorized contraptions by a variety of names: gasoline buggies, locomobiles. The newfangled machines had to share the dusty, unpaved roads with horses. But by the time Dan Patch had finished his racing career, in 1909, Henry Ford had introduced the Model T. By the time the horse died, in 1916, Ford was selling half a million cars a year. This took horses off the roads and confined the fastest of them to racetracks. In harness racing, horses trot or pace at speed while urged on by a driver in a single-seat cart called a sulky. Americans in the 19th century identified closely with this sport because most people drove horses as their primary transportation. Few could resist the urge to go fast when another horse and buggy pulled alongside. Harness racing was daily life lived large. People loved Dan Patch because he was fast and also because he started bowing to the grandstands, something he learned on his own. Newspapers called him the "national pet." Ms. Smith makes the argument that Dan Patch stood for Middle America and its cultural values, accompanying a population shift from the East to the nation''s geographical center. Wealthy industrialists of the East favored stylish trotters, a type defined by its gait. Midwesterners admired trotters but quickly grew to prefer pacers (again, defined by their gait), who raced faster than trotters. Dan Patch''s game was pacing: Indiana-born and raised, he converted urban, Eastern horse enthusiasts to his style of racing. All the elements of a good yarn come through in Dan Patch''s story. No one would have believed at his birth that he would develop into a fast racehorse, one destined to break records. He was born crooked-legged, unable to stand on his legs and nurse naturally. His breeder-owner, Dan Messner of Oxford, Ind., said that he believed the colt would amount to no more than a delivery-wagon horse-if he lived. Time and special shoeing to correct Dan Patch''s gait turned the pacer into a racing machine. Dan Patch still had knobby knees and traveled with a peculiar motion caused by a misshapen left hind hoof. But this horse loved to race, as Messner and the colt''s initial trainer discovered. His 1-minute-55-second mile (later disallowed on a technicality) set a mark not surpassed for more than half a century. Dan Patch''s story is as much about humans and their ambitions as it is the tale of a horse. Messner parted company with his beloved horse when he had barely begun, in 1900, when he sold him to a gambling casino owner, one Manley Sturges. Messner saw how Sturges coveted the horse and feared that Sturges might poison Dan Patch if he could not have him. Messner let the horse go-for $20,000 (more than half a million dollars today) and made a tidy little profit. Dan Patch did not last long with his gambler-owner. Sturges soon sold him for $60,000 to the horse''s third and final owner, Minnesota businessman Marion Willis Savage. Under Savage''s control, our hero metamorphosed into a moneymaking marvel of the new century''s advertising age.

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