The Great Match Race: When North Met South in America's First Sports Spectacle

John Eisenberg (Author)

Product Details

Mariner Books
Publish Date
April 01, 2007
5.8 X 0.71 X 8.66 inches | 0.76 pounds
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About the Author

JOHN EISENBERG was an award-winning sports columnist for the Baltimore Sun for two decades and is the author of Ten-Gallon War, That First Season, My Guy Barbaro (cowritten with jockey Edgar Prado), and The Great Match Race. He has written for Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, and Details, among other publications, and currently contributes columns to He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


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