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General Information

Name:  Steven Allen Riess  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in New York, New York

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Illinois Connection

Steven received his Ph. D. , at the University of Chicago and is a retired history professor, formerly the Bernard Brommel Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History at Northeastern Illinois University. He currently lives in suburban Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

In 1976, Steven Allen Riess joined the faculty at Northeastern. In addition to teaching the first half of the U.S. survey, he also teaches the History of American Sport, History of Chicago, American Ethnic History, and History of Crime and Violence. Along with the books that he has written, he has also edited, [ ''Sports in America from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century: An Encyclopedia''], [ ''Companion to American Sport History ''], [ ''The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City'']and [ ''Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball Clubs''.]

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Selected Titles At Your Library

City games :
ISBN: 0252062167. OCLC Number: 23739530

University of Illinois Press,. .

Major problems in American sport history :
ISBN: 0669353809. OCLC Number: 36655779

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Sport in industrial America, 1850-1920 /
ISBN: 0882959166. OCLC Number: 31515705

Harlan Davidson,. .

The American sporting experience :
ISBN: 0880112107. OCLC Number: 10696848

Leisure Press,. .

The sport of kings and the kings of crime :
ISBN: 081560985x. OCLC Number: 785782990

Syracuse University Press,. .

"Riess narrates the history of horse racing, detailing how and why New York became the national capital of the sport from the mid-1860s until the early twentieth century. The sport's survival depended upon the racetrack being the nexus between politicians and organized crime. The powerful alliance between urban machine politics and track owners enabled racing in New York to flourish. Gambling, the heart of racing's appeal, made the sport morally suspect. Yet democratic politicians protected the sport, helping to establish the State Racing Commission, the first state agency to regulate sport in the United States. At the same time, racetracks became a key connection between the underworld and Tammany Hall, enabling illegal poolrooms and off-course bookies to operate. Organized crime worked in close cooperation with machine politicians and local police officers to protect these illegal operations. In The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime, Riess fills a long-neglected gap in sports history, offering a richly detailed and fascinating chronicle of thoroughbred racing's heyday."

Touching base :
ISBN: 0252067754. OCLC Number: 39962525

University of Illinois Press,. .