Introducing 19th Century New York City's Most Popular Sport, "Pedestrianism"

When you think of popular New York City sports in the 19th century, baseball, tennis, and cycling come to mind. But one of the most popular activity was the now forgotten pedestrianism, a form of race walking that spawned the idea of celebrity athletes.

The top pedestrians earned a fortune in prize money and endorsement deals […] their images appeared on some of the first cigarette trading cards, which children collected as avidly as later generations would collect baseball cards.

Read the full article for more on pedestrianism, New York City’s forgotten sport.

Joshua Mu

Joshua Mu

Contributing Writer

When he is not attempting to hustle the hustlers of Central Park, Joshua enjoys exploring the depths of what New York has to offer. He one day hopes to pilot a drone without immediately crashing it.

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