Playing the White Man's Games

SKU: 9781927922019

Don Marks
Grade Levels:
Adult Education, College, University
Multiple Nations, Navajo, Onondaga, Sac and Fox
Book Type:
J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing
Copyright Date:

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Playing the White Man's Games tells the extraordinary stories of Native American male athletes who overcame tremendous obstacles to dominate the NFL, CFL, PGA, Olympic Games, NHL and professional wrestling. From ABCs Athlete of the Century Jim Thorpe, whose track and field career began when he surpassed his college varsity high jump team in street shoes and climaxed with gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games, before moving on to dominate NCAA and NFL football, major league baseball and 22 sports in all, including a national championship in ballroom dancing. To Billy Mills, who improved his best time by an unheard of 50 seconds to win the 10,000-metre Olympic race in the greatest upset in Olympic history. And Notah Begay III, a product of public courses and Navajo code talkers who won four PGA tournaments in his first two years on the pro golf tour. Playing the White Man's Game expands on Don Marks enormous success with his first book, They Call Me Chief: Warriors on Ice. Told in a relaxed, newspaper style, the book offers stories about professional sports in Canada and the United States, the Indigenous athletes and the stereotypes that often plagued their playing years. Athletes that appear in this book include: Reggie Leach, Louis Sockalexis, Alwyn Morris, George Armstrong, Billy Mills, Charles Bender, Joba Chamberlain, Jacoby Ellsbury, Theo Fleury, Stan Jonathan, Ted Nolan, Jack Davis, Ed McDaniel, and many others. Unfortunately the book provides minimum mention of the role of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women in sport except for Naomi Land, the Firth sisters, Angela Chalmers and a few others.

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