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Rugged Game ❮Download❯ ➾ Rugged Game ➹ Author C. Nathan Hatton – Thomashillier.co.uk This book details the rich history of both amateur and professional wrestling from the late 1800s to 1933 in the Lakehead Ontario region There was a real heyday for wrestling between the early 1880s a This book details the rich history of both amateur and professional wrestling from the late s to in the Lakehead Ontario region There was a real heyday for wrestling between the early s and into the early to mid s which included the development of catch as catch can wrestling the precursor to modern freestylefolkstyle wrestling There were also numerous grassroots wrestling clubs and organizations including many based in working class organizations such as the Finnish Labour Temple the Communist Party of Canada and the Industrial Workers of the World IWW The book details the relation of the growth of wrestling in the region to the growth of the economy industry and trade as well as the accompanying national and ethnic tensions and disputes.

  • Paperback
  • 198 pages
  • Rugged Game
  • C. Nathan Hatton
  • English
  • 08 February 2015

1 thoughts on “Rugged Game

  1. Jason Presley Jason Presley says:

    In Rugged Game Hatton brings a small microcosm of wrestling history into very sharp focus and makes good on the subtitle of the book This is very much about the how the local culture ethnic make up and pioneer economy shaped the evolution of wrestling in Fort William and Port Arthur Ontario which were collectively called the Lakehead The two small towns which are now basically the south and north sides of Thunder Bay were rival settlements grown from the demands of the forestry and shipping industries of the day The author details how the communities grew and shrank with the tides of the industries on which they depended as well the circumstances that resulted in the large influx of immigrants from Finland who would go on to dominate the local wrestling culture for a couple of decadesHatton focuses on the rise of the sport in the twin towns and limits his scope to the time before the new slam bang style of wrestling was introduced to the area in 1933 populated mostly with the dedicated traveling troupe of wrestlers ending the dominance and dependence of the sport on strictly local talent Meticulously researched and referenced each chapter is followed by 2 3 pages of end notes what is presented is a look at the larger wrestling business in miniature Even with the ethnic economic and political pressures uniue to the Lakehead the birth growth and changes to the sport mirrored the experiences of almost every other small town where wrestling was once popular around the turn of the 20th century Despite the academic nature of the material the book is very readable and the actual text is really confined to the first 130 pages or so the remainder being appendices detailing the actual wrestling cards from the area both amateur and professional over about a 25 year spanFor anyone interested in the history of wrestling but looking for something that isn't just the same big names of Muldoon Jenkins Gotch and Lewis ad naseum Rugged Game provides a nice change of pace and a collection of material largely unknown prior to this work I enjoyed it and highly recommend it

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