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The Steel Ball Run (スティールボールラン Sutīru Bōru Ran?) is the race that delivers the setting of Part VII: Steel Ball Run; a series of checkpoints and routes on a rough course between San Diego and New York City, USA.


Summary

Part VII: Steel Ball Run is named after this event, hosted by Steven Steel and the President of the United States, Funny Valentine.

The idea of the Steel Ball Run was imagined both by Steven Steel and a young Lucy Pendleton at one point between 1884 and 1888. Listening to Steven's ramblings about organizing a long distance horse-ride, Lucy proposed that Steven made it a race across America instead with an enormous prize money. Steven first found the idea ridiculous, but talked about it anyway, which caught the attention of numerous sponsors ready to gamble on that huge event. At one point, Funny Valentine involved himself in the organization of the race, determining the journey with Joseph of Arimathea's map and secretly taking command over the whole event. It would then serve as a front for the search for the Saint Corpse Parts, Funny Valentine and a number of competitors participating in the race to gather the relics.

The race takes place in the USA, starting September 25th, 1890 at 10 AM on San Diego beach, with the final finish line located in New York City. The total distance is estimated at around 6000 km, made up by several routes (called "Stages") seperated by known landmarks.

The champion is to receive 50 million dollars. Other prizes: 2nd place 1 million USD; 3rd place 500,000 USD; 4th place 250,000 USD; 5th place 120,000; special prizes up to 10th place such as the checkpoint award are available.

The original competitors use horses, camels, the new automobile and (in the case of Sandman) their own two feet in this mad-dash across the country. Different kinds of hazards and climates await them, between the dryness of the Arizona desert or the challenge of crossing a frozen lake.

The race ended January 19th, 1891. It was heavily criticized for the numerous deaths it caused among the competitors, and had and economic result of 7,000,000,000,000,000 yen. Steven Steel donated everything to various causes, stopping the criticisms altogether.

Route

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Stage 1

"San Diego Beach", San Diego, CA (Chapter 5)
TO
"Santa Maria Novella Church" (Chapter 13)

Stage 2

"Arizona Desert" / Monument Valley, AZ/UT (Chapter 13)

Stage 3

"Cannon City" (or "Canon City") (Chapter 28)

Stage 4

"Kansas City" (Chapter 33)

Stage 5

Chicago, IL;
"Michigan lakeline" (Chapter 40)

Stage 6

"Michigan lakeline";
Mackinaw City, MI;
Lake Huron, MI (Chapter 45)

Stage 7

"Philadelphia" (Chapter 55)

Stage 8

"New Jersey" (Chapter 60)

Stage 9

Trinity Church, Lower Manhattan, New York City, NY (Chapter 90)

Outline of Each Stage and Winners

SPOILER WARNING: Part Spoiler details may follow.
STAGE SUBTITLE ROUTE TOTAL DISTANCE DAYS TRAVEL TOTAL PARTICIPANTS WINNERS RETIRES DEATHS
1st.15,000 MeterSan Diego Beach -
Santa Maria Novella Church
15 km18 Min.3852Gyro Zeppeli (downgraded)

Sandman
793
2nd.Crossing the Arizona Desert - Monument Valley1,200 km18 Days 7 Hours 24 Min.3770Diego Brando121982
3rd.Rocky Mountain Breakdown - Cannon City710 km
(Mountain Route)
5 Days
9 Hours 51 Min.
2469Hot Pants5510
4th.The Small Gravestone on the Wide, Wide Great Plains - Kansas CityApprox. 1,250 km21 Days 7 Hours 10 Min.1918Norisuke Higashikata14761
5th.Illinois Skyline - Chicago, Michigan LakelineApprox. 780 km14 Days 2 Hours 11 Min.441Pocoloco652
6th.Michigan Lakeline - Mackinaw City - Lake HuronApprox. 690 km -374Gyro Zeppeli3130
7th.Philadelphia Triangle - PhiladelphiaApprox.1,300 km21 Days 6 Hours 5 Min.61Diego Brando90
8th.Both Sides Now - New JerseyApprox. 140 km2 Days52Sloop John B 7 0
9th. Manhattan Rhapsody -Trinity Church in Manhattan Approx. 13 km 30 min. 45Diego Brando (disqualified)

Sloop John B
6 0
Overall Steel Ball Run San Diego Beach -
Trinity Church in Manhattan
Approx. 6000 km 116 Days
6 Hours 33 Min.
3852Diego Brando
(disqualified)

Pocoloco
3725 88

Participant Data[1]

SPOILER WARNING: Part Spoiler details may follow.
Jockey Name Age Country of Citizenship Horse's Name Valley Horse Species First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth Ninth Final Results Points
Completed
Pocoloco 21 America Hey! Ya! 4 Quarter Horse 3 9 5 2 1 3 3 4 2 First 398
Norisuke Higashikata 68 Japan Hono 4 Bavarian Warm Blood 19 6 12 1 2 4 2 3 3 Second 353
Sloop John B - America Catch a Wave 4 Quarter Horse 20 10 Out 8 6 6 4 1 1 Third 314
Georgie Porgie - France - - - Out 20 11 12 17 7 8 6 4 Fourth 123
Nellyville - America Country Grammar 4 Quarter Horse 15 12 13 13 11 9 9 7 5 Fifth 122
Retired
Diego Brando 20 United Kingdom Silver Bullet 4 Arab Thoroughbred 2 1 3 54 Out 20 1 2 Disqualified 342
Johnny Joestar 19 America Slow Dancer 11 Appaloosa 5 2 2 4 5 2 7 5 Disqualified 295
Gyro Zeppeli 24 Neapolis Valkyrie 4 Stock Horse 21 4 4 3 4 1 6 Death 246
Baba Yaga - Russia Nightrocker 5 Arab 14 15 8 Out 10 5 5 Retired 102
Hot Pants 23 America Gets Up 3 Mustang 6 5 1 7 3 Retired Death 215
Sandman - America Himself Human 1 3 6 6 Death 190
Dot Han - Mongolia #1 4 Boulonnais 16 8 7 5 Death 71
Gaucho - Spain Peg 6 Criollo 17 Out 10 Death 17
Mountain Tim 31 America Ghost Rider in the Sky 5 Mustang 4 Retired Death 35
Fritz von Stroheim - Germany Europe Express 4 Trakehner 7 Retired 20
Benjamin Boom Boom - America Crosstown Traffic 4 Quarter Horse 9 Death 13
Andre Boom Boom - America Foxy Lady 3 Quarter Horse 10 Death? 12
L. A. Boom Boom - America Little Wing 3 Quarter Horse 11 Death? 11
Mrs. Robinson - Mexico El Condor Pasa 7 Appaloosa 18 Retired 4
Oyecomova - Naples - - - Out Death? 0
Urmd Avdol - Egypt - - Camel Retired 0
Baron Roocatugo - Germany - - Automobile Retired 0
Mark Becker - - - - - Death 0
David Hagen - - - - - Death 0
Paul Lukather - - - - - Death 0
Unknown
Zenyatta Mondatta - India Roxanne 5 Arab 12 7  ?? 10  ?? 8 - - - - 57
Caravan Serai - Mexico Moon Flower 4 Andalusian 13 18 14 11 7 - - - - - 52
Dixie Chicken - America Ramblin' Man 4 Pinto 8 19  ??  ?? 9 - - - - - 31
Nightfly - - - - - Out Out  ??  ?? 8 - - - - - 25
Iglesias - Portugal Natalie 5 Palomino 23 11  ??  ?? 12 - - - - - 21
Kanye - - - - - Out 13  ??  ?? 13 - - - - - 18
Mack the Knife - - - - - Out 21 9  ?? 19 - - - - - 17
Shigechi - - - - - Out 14  ??  ?? 15 - - - - - 15
Billy White - America Love Unlimited 5 Mustang 22 16  ??  ?? 14 - - - - - 14
Rotters Club - - - - - Out Out  ?? 9 - - - - - - 13
Tarkus - - - - - Out 17  ??  ?? 16 - - - - - 11
Mister - - - - - Out Out  ??  ?? 18 - - - - - 4

Trivia

  • The grand cash prize of $50 million is given in modern values, and is not to be confused with what $50 million would be worth in 1890 (which would equal $1,283,369,506.24 in 2016's USD currency value). It has been written as such to convey its value to the standard reader, and is said to be closer to 6 billion yen.[2]
  • The list of the first stages reveals a lot more than just the results. Several important characters are named there, as well the next minor villains Gyro and Johnny will face.
    • For example some riders (never seen in the manga) whose names are music references are; Billy White (American composer Barry White) and his horse Love Unlimited (Orchestra featuring Barry White), Sloop John B (Beach Boys song) and his horse Catch a Wave (another Beach Boys song) and Iglesias (Spanish singer Julio Iglesias) and his horse Natalie.
    • Another example are riders named after albums like Dixie Chicken (album by the American rock band Little Feat) and his horse Ramblin' Man (song by The Allman Brothers Band), Nellyville (The second album by American rapper, Nelly) and his horse Country Grammar (the first Nelly album released) and Zenyatta Mondatta (from the album by The Police and a self reference to the English names of Oingo and Boingo in VIZ Media's translation of Stardust Crusaders) and his horse Roxanne (a song by The Police).
  • The name of the race and of Part VII appears to reference the film The Cannonball Run.
  • According to the overall results of the Steel Ball Run, 3,852 competed in the race and 88 died.

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References

  1. http://wikiwiki.jp/jojo2ch/?%A5%C7%A1%BC%A5%BF%2FSBR
  2. Chapter 1: About Numerical Values and Notation

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