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Bricklayer Bill

The Untold Story of the Workingman's Boston Marathon

Two weeks after the United States officially entered World War I, Irish American "Bricklayer Bill" Kennedy won the Boston Marathon wearing his stars-and-stripes bandana, rallying the crowd of patriotic spectators. Kennedy became an American hero and, with outrageous stories of his riding the rails and sleeping on pool tables, a racing legend whose name has since appeared in almost every book written on the Boston Marathon.

When journalist Patrick Kennedy and historian Lawrence Kennedy unearthed their uncle's unpublished memoir, they discovered a colorful character who lived a tumultuous life, beyond his multiple marathons. The bricklayer survived typhoid fever, a five-story fall, auto and train accidents, World War action, Depression-era bankruptcy, decades of back-breaking work, and his own tendency to tipple. In many ways, Bill typified the colorful, newly emerging culture and working-class ethic of competitive long-distance running before it became a professionalized sport. Bricklayer Bill takes us back to another time, when bricklayers, plumbers, and printers could take the stage as star athletes.

About the Authors

Patrick L. Kennedy is a writer based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lawrence W. Kennedy is professor of history at the University of Scranton and author of several books, including Planning the City upon a Hill: Boston since 1630 (University of Massachusetts Press, 1992).

Reviews

"The authors capture Boston and the spirit of the race with the story of a marathoner whose career in sports framed the golden era of running."—Michael Connelly, author of 26.2 Miles to Boston: A Journey into the Heart of the Boston Marathon

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