Ping Pong Fever: The Madness That Swept 1902 America (Paperback)
The true story of the amazing 1902 Ping Pong craze in America. A perfume named Ping Pong? Ping Pong in half a dozen different Broadway shows? Ping Pong cigarettes, a Ping Pong dance, Ping Pong soap and Ping Pong Juice? It's starting to sound like Dr. Seuss Twin babies named Ping and Pong? Ping Pong balls used to mail letters? Ping Pong on a train? Ping Pong on the brain
Welcome to 1902 America. A new game with a funny name is changing lives. There is no escaping the epidemic, spreading uncontrollably from family to family, infiltrating every town and hamlet in the nation.
Full of rich period detail, this lively romp examines who is playing---from the famous to the farmer to the athlete---and the effect of the madness on every sphere of daily living---fashion, romance, humor, health and more. Tournament champions included the day's top lawn tennis players.
And for the first time anywhere: Who really invented Ping Pong?
Illustrated with over 400 photos, drawings and cartoons from the 1902 era.
Oh, a warning: You, too, will catch PING PONG FEVER.
But you will also catch yourself smiling a lot.
About the Author
Steve Grant's writing on the sport's history appears in publications of the Museum of the International Table Tennis Federation. He has played table tennis in basements and back yards and city parks, on cruise ships, in school gyms and college dorms, and at summer camps, recreation centers, billiard parlors, hotels and resorts, but mostly at table tennis clubs.