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History 109 – Summer 2010 PBS Video Review The two PBS videos I chose to watch were “Seabiscuit” and “Roberto Clemente”. I chose these two because I am an avid sports fan and I wanted to see how these sports figures fit into American History. Seabiscuit, a finicky horse with eggbeater like form and no particularly impressive bloodline, was always an under dog who overcame injuries and losses to be one of the most impressive talents in the sports history. Seabiscuit was a light in a dark time for America and changed the way people thought. He was well liked and gave people hope that if he could come from nothing and accomplish amazing things, maybe a typical American could do great things if they tried too. Owned by Charles and Marcella Howard, this horse was in need of a trainer. As a young colt no trainers were willing to work with the temperamental horse, no one until Tom Smith. When Smith first saw Seabiscuit he saw his look of confidence and decided to train him. He put him on a strict diet, and a specialized training regimen. Smith soon realized this special horse needed a very particular type of jockey, one who had good sense, could read a horse, and was a physical match. John “Red” Pollard was just the man. Red had something about him that made Seabiscuit affectionate and comfortable. The two clicked because like Seabiscuit, Red didn’t have much to his name. He left home at 15 and had been told at a young age he would never amount to anything. This was the perfect duo to change history. Together they trained and competed in various races across the country, but they suffered defeats in Santa Anita and on the East coast. Seabiscuit was fast and people could see that despite his losses he had undeniable talent. He went on to earn 10 major wins and was ready to
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take on anyone. In his second race at Santa Anita, Seabiscuit came back and went from 12 th to 1 st but still lost by a nose. People’s faith sparked and they truly realized that he was the horse to beat. Seabiscuit was now an icon with his own line of oranges, women’s hats, and various other goods. Pollard got severely injured after being thrown and was told he’d never ride again. Seabiscuit was scheduled to compete against War Admiral, a pedigreed horse with countless wins. George Wolf rode in Red’s place at Pimlico, and Seabiscuit beat War Admiral by 4 lengths in front of over 40,000 fans, while 40 million listeners tuned in on radios. Seabiscuit set the course record, inspired millions and easily earned 1938 horse of the year after such an amazing display. Seabiscuit was hurt in February of 1939 and owner Howard took in Pollard so the two could help each other recover. In the late fall they announced Seabiscuit would race in Santa Anita once again. Red wanted to ride, despite worries about further injuries and the risk of being crippled. At 7 years old Seabiscuit made history with the fastest run of his life on a mile and a
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