Gus Hornsby’s Gamble

The Life of Chicago Football’s Founder Turned Fugitive

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About the Book

In the 1870s, Gus Hornsby spread the game of American football around the world like an evangelist and helped establish American football in the heartland of the U.S. Hornsby seemed destined for greatness as a groundbreaking journalist, inventor, explorer and entrepreneur. His arrogance, greed and an intractable gambling addiction, however, drove him to criminality and cast him into obscurity. But this public ruin led to his greatest accomplishment in prison: personal redemption.
Surprisingly, Hornsby’s meteoric rise and fall intersected with towering influencers of the time, including the women and men who would pioneer the “first-wave” feminist movement in the United States. This book explores their unexpected connections and interweaves their stories—along with details from the first American football game in the Midwest, a match at Northwestern University—to reveal elements of a pivotal moment in American history, both in feminism and sports. More than a biography of a person navigating nineteenth-century America, it is a story about America—brash, imaginative and seemingly limitless in resources and creativity, but overly self-assured and wildly reckless.

About the Author(s)

Larry LaTourette works as a consumer insights and marketing analytics expert. For over twenty years, he has pursued historical research, exploring the roots of American football and the people who brought it to us. He lives in the Chicago area.

Bibliographic Details

Larry LaTourette
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 35 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9118-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4897-2
Imprint: McFarland