June, 2014


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This June is all about the World Football Championship in Brazil. If you are not that much of a fan, get your sporty kick of a different variety with 10 gems from our catalog.

When Americans speak about Football Days, they mean what the rest of the world calls American Football. William Hanford Edwards gives an interesting account of how this sport came to the US and the beginnings of its popularity.

Another popular American sport is baseball, and it is played at Oakdale Academy, of course. This year, three boys want to become starting pitcher, which leads to not so nice scenes between the Rival Pitchers of Oakdale, as told by Morgan Scott.

Now it’s Casey at the Bat, and he is going to do his very best, won’t he? Listen to what is probably the best known poem about baseball, written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.

For a long time, golf has been a pastime for the rich, but it is now becoming more and more popular as a mass sport. P.G. Wodehouse wrote ten short stories revolving around golf and collected them in The Clicking of Cuthbert.

Only one of the privileges of the gentry was hunting, especially when it came to hunting with animals. James Campbell wrote A Treatise on Modern Falconry, a book that, although from the 18th century, is still one of the main sources for falconers.

Hunting is only one of the activities Our Little Canadian Cousin can pursue. Canoeing, camping, skating, snowshoeing,… and many more are described in Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald’s book about children in the great Canadian outdoors.

A 500 miles racetrack must be covered by Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout, a prototype electric race car. But first, he has to find the criminals that plot to bankrupt many people dear to him. Find out if he will succeed – and if he can win the race – in Victor Appleton’s novel.

Cashel Byron is a world champion prize fighter, but, infatuated with aristocrat Lydia Carew, he does everything to prevent her from finding that out – afer all, he wants to marry her… In The Admirable Bashville, a play by George Bernard Shaw, this is probably not as straightforward as it seems.

Jack London’s novel The Game has a similar topic, but is written from a woman’s perspective. Tomorrow is the day on which she will marry a boxer. Tonight is his last fight. But was it really such a good idea of hers to go and watch it?

Hitting other people not your thing? Outdoors not appealing? Well, there are always mental sports. Paul Morphy the Chess Champion was hailed as the best player of his era. In 1958 he travelled to Europe to challenge the best players there. His secretary, Frederick Milnes Edge, records the journey and the matches.

Enjoy – and keep on scoring!


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