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By Geoffrey Dunn

Its inviting weather, attractive rugged mountains, and alluring shorelines have continuously made Santa Cruz County a haven for athletic actions. a wide selection of wearing endeavors, a few past the norm, have known as Santa Cruz domestic over the a long time. within the nineteenth century, Santa Cruz served as a springboard for contemporary browsing. It was once an early bastion for geared up baseball, too, starting within the 1860s, and it was once domestic to a sequence groups as early because the 1870s. different colourful athletic actions happened the following (including hearth hose groups, long-distance strolling, and bicycling), besides extra conventional American activities like basketball, soccer, boxing, and tennis. The area boasts of a robust culture of ladies athletes to boot, specifically Marion Hollins, might be the best all-around girl athlete of the early twentieth century.

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My acquisitions editor at Arcadia, Jeff Ruetsche, has been an absolute jewel to paintings with. He has helped to steer this venture via to the end line. To him, I provide my everlasting appreciation. eventually, I thank my family—Siri, Tess, Dylan, and Lindy—for their love and help through the years. They’ve been genuine “sports” approximately this undertaking, and that i savor it. advent as a result of its reasonable and alluring weather, in addition to its certain mix of rugged mountains, flat coastal terraces, and inviting shorelines and surf, Santa Cruz County has continuously been a haven for athletic actions, courting again to pre-European touch. It continues to be as a way to today, with a wide selection of wearing endeavors past the norm, from mat browsing to women’s curler Derby. might be such a lot significantly—and most sensible recognized internationally—Santa Cruz served as a springboard for contemporary browsing. throughout the summer season of 1885, 3 princes traveling from Hawaii surfed right here within the Americas for the first actual time. what's no longer so renowned is that Santa Cruz used to be an early bastion for prepared baseball at the West Coast, starting within the 1860s, and used to be domestic to a chain groups as early because the 1870s. different colourful athletic actions came about right here within the nineteenth century, together with fire-hose groups, long-distance jogging, and bicycling, besides extra conventional American exercises, comparable to basketball, soccer, boxing, tennis, and polo. one in all Santa Cruz’s maximum boosters and baseball fanatics was once the mythical neighborhood promoter Fred Swanton. throughout the early 1900s, he coined the promotional slogan “Santa Cruz—Never a lifeless second. ” one of many purposes there has been by no means a lifeless second the following was once as a result plethora of activities and athletic actions happening. Swanton made yes of that. The Santa Cruz seashore Boardwalk, which was once based via Swanton, supplied a major venue for aggressive swimming (the mythical Olympian Duke Kahanamoku played right here in 3 separate many years) in addition to the commonly renowned Plunge Carnivals and Aquatic exhibits. there's additionally a robust culture of girls athletes within the area, specifically, Marion Hollins, the founding father of Pasatiempo and one of many maximum all-around girls athletes within the usa within the twentieth century. regrettably, every one of these athletic endeavors were principally ignored by means of neighborhood historians, relationship again to the overdue nineteenth century. possibly believing that activities and athletics are mostly extraneous and incidental affairs, Santa Cruz County activities background has been principally lacking from the old list. E. S. Harrison’s seminal paintings, historical past of Santa Cruz County, California (1892), hardly ever mentions a unmarried carrying task within the area, although a number of the figures whose lives are chronicled therein actively engaged in such targets. in reality, our exact activities background tells us very much approximately Santa Cruz County lifestyles, from pre-missionary instances to the current. activities are an important cultural job that profoundly reflect—and define—the way of life of any neighborhood.

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