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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 drives the plot of Steel Ball Run; a series of checkpoints and routes on a rough course between San Diego and New York City, USA.

Summary

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

The concept of the Steel Ball Run was conceived by Steven Steel and a young Lucy Pendleton at a 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. Steven first found the idea ridiculous, but talked about it anyway, which caught the attention of numerous sponsors ready to gamble on such 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, with Valentine and a number of competitors participating to gather the relics.

The race took 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 nine routes (called "Stages") seperated by known landmarks.

For each stage points are awarded and the one who completed the race with the most points becomes champion. The champion is to receive 50 million dollars, eventually changed to 60 millions. Other prizes include respectivelly 1 million USD, 500,000 USD, 250,000 USD and 120,000USD for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and fifth ranking finalist. Special prizes up to 10th place such as the checkpoint award are available.

Points are awarded following this table:[1][2]

Placement Points
1st 100
2nd 50
3rd 40
4th 35
5th 30
6th 25
7th 20
8th 15
9th 13
10th 12
11th 11
12th 10
13th 9
14th 8
15th 7
16th 6
17th 5
18th 4
19th 3
20th 2
21st 1
Out 0

A cash prize is awarded for the winner of each Stage and a one cumulative hour bonus is awarded for the first eight ones to be used at the end of the 8th Stage and adjust their arrival time accordingly.

The original competitors used horses, camels, the new automobile or even their own legs in this mad-dash across the country. Different kinds of hazards and climates awaited, 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 numerous deaths among the competitors, and raised seventy trillion dollars in revenue, which Steven Steel donated to various causes.

Route

This section requires expansion.

1st Stage - First 15,000 Meters

"San Diego Beach", San Diego, CA[3]
TO
"Santa Maria Novella Church"[4]

Results

Note: Information deduced by cross referencing with other score tables are in italics.

Place Points Jockey Time
1st 100 Sandman 18m 9s
2nd 50 Diego Brando Nose
3rd 40 Pocoloco Nose
4th 35 Mountain Tim Nose
5th 30 Johnny Joestar Neck
6th 25 Hot Pants 2½ Horses
7th 20 Fritz von Stroheim 3¼ Horses
8th 15 Dixie Chicken 5 Horses
9th 13 Benjamin Boom Boom 8¼ Horses
10th 12 Andre Boom Boom 8½ Horses
11th 11 L. A. Boom Boom 8¾ Horses
12th 10 Zenyatta Mondatta 11 Horses
13th 9 Caravan Serai 13 Horses
14th 8 Baba Yaga 13½ Horses
15th 7 Nellyville 13¾ Horses
16th 6 Dot Han 15 Horses
17th 5 Gaucho 17 Horses
18th 4 Mrs. Robinson 17¼ Horses
19th 3 Norisuke Higashikata 21 Horses
20th 2 Sloop John B 23 Horses
21st 1 Gyro Zeppeli 18m 9s ~Penalty~
22th 0 Billy White 28 Horses
23th 0 Iglesias 35 Horses
Out 0 Kanye ?
Out 0 Shigechi ?
Out 0 Tarkus ?
Out 0 Georgie Porgie ?
Out 0 Mack the Knife ?
Out 0 Rotters Club ?
Out 0 Nightfly ?
Out 0 Mister. ?
Out 0 Oyecomova ?

Drop out

2nd Stage - Crossing the Arizona Desert

"Arizona DesertW" / Monument ValleyW, AZ/UT[4]

Results

Note: Information deduced by cross referencing with other score tables are in italics.

Place Points Jockey Time
1st 150 Diego Brando 18d 7h 24m
2nd 80 Johnny Joestar ½ Horse
3rd 140 Sandman 1 Horse
4th 36 Gyro Zeppeli 1 Horse, 1 Nose
5th 55 Hot Pants 3 Horses
6th 28 Norisuke Higashikata 19d
7th 30 Zenyatta Mondatta ?
8th 21 Dot Han ?
9th 53 Pocoloco ?
10th 14 Sloop John B ?
11th 11 Iglesias ?
12th 17 Nellyville ?
13th 9 Kanye ?
14th 8 Shigechi ?
15th 15 Baba Yaga ?
16th 6 Billy White ?
17th 5 Tarkus ?
18th 13 Caravan Serai ?
19th 18 Dixie Chicken ?
20th 2 Georgie Porgie ?
21st 1 Mack the Knife ?
Out 5 Gaucho ?
Out 0 Rotters Club ?
Out 0 Nightfly ?
Out 0 Mister. ?

Drop out

3rd Stage - Rocky Mountain Breakdown

"Cañon CityW[5]

Results

Note: Information deduced by cross referencing with other score tables are in italics.

Place Points Jockey Time
1st 155 Hot Pants 5d 9h 51m 42s
2nd 130 Johnny Joestar 5d 11h 4m 21s
3rd 190 Diego Brando Neck
4th 71 Gyro Zeppeli Neck
5th 83 Pocoloco 2½ Horses
6th 165 Sandman 1 Horse
7th 41 Dot Han 1½ Horses
8th 30 Baba Yaga 5 Horses
9th 14 Mack the Knife 6 Horses
10th 17 Gaucho 2 Horses
11th 11 Georgie Porgie ?
12th 38 Norisuke Higashikata ?
13th 26 Nellyville ?
14th 21 Caravan Serai ?
15~20th 2~7 Nightfly ?
15th~out 18~25 Dixie Chicken ?
15th~out 30~37 Zenyatta Mondatta ?
15th~out 18~25 Dixie Chicken ?
15th~out 11~18 Iglesias ?
15th~out 9~16 Kanye ?
15th~out 8~15 Shigechi ?
15th~out 6~13 Billy White ?
15th~out 5~12 Tarkus ?
15th~out 0~7 Rotters Club ?
15th~out 0~7 Mister. ?
Out 14 Sloop John B ?

4th Stage - The Small Gravestone on the Wide, Wide Great Plains

"Kansas CityW" [6]

Results

Note: Information deduced by cross referencing with other score tables are in italics.

Place Points Jockey Time
1st 138 Norisuke Higashikata 21d 7h 10m 13s
2nd 133 Pocoloco 21d 8h 3m 41s
3rd 111 Gyro Zeppeli 21d 8h 33m 51s
4th 165 Johnny Joestar ⅛ Horse
5th 71 Dot Han 8 Horses
6th 190 Sandman 6 Horses
7th 175 Hot Pants 5 Horses
8th 48 Sloop John B 8 Horses
9th 13~20 Rotters Club 3½ Horses
10th 42~48 Zenyatta Mondatta 1 Horse
11th 52 Caravan Serai 7 Horses
12th 23 Georgie Porgie ?
13th 35 Nellyville ?
14~19th 10 Nightfly ?
14th~out 18~33 Dixie Chicken ?
14th~out 14~22 Mack the Knife ?
14th~out 11~26 Iglesias ?
14th~out 9~24 Kanye ?
14th~out 8~23 Shigechi ?
14th~out 6~21 Billy White ?
14th~out 5~20 Tarkus ?
14th~out 0~15 Mister. ?
Out 30 Baba Yaga ?
54th 190 Diego Brando ?

Drop outs

5th Stage - Illinois Skyline

ChicagoW, IL;
"Michigan lakeline" [7]

Results

Note: Information deduced by cross referencing with other score tables are in italics.

Place Points Jockey Time
1st 233 Pocoloco 14d 2h 11m 5s
2nd 188 Norisuke Higashikata 14d 2h 15m 38s
3rd 215 Hot Pants 14d 2h 23m 30s
4th 146 Gyro Zeppeli 14d 2h 35m 17s
5th 195 Johnny Joestar 14d 2h 35m 19s
6th 54 Sloop John B 14d 6h 16m 47s
7th 52 Caravan Serai 14d 6h 60m 8s
8th 25 Nightfly 14d 7h 3m 44s
9th 31~46 Dixie Chicken ?
10th 42 Baba Yaga ?
11th 46 Nellyville ?
12th 21~25 Iglesias ?
13th 18~25 Kanye ?
14th 14~25 Billy White ?
15th 15~25 Shigechi ?
16th 11~25 Tarkus ?
17th 28 Georgie Porgie ?
18th 4~19 Mister. ?
19th 17~25 Mack the Knife ?
20th~out 42~50 Zenyatta Mondatta ?
Out 190 Diego Brando ?

Drop outs

Unknown

6th Stage - Michigan Lakeline

"Michigan lakeline";
Mackinaw CityW, MI;
Lake HuronW, MI [8]

Results

Note: Information deduced by cross referencing with other score tables are in italics.

Place Points Jockey Time
1st 246 Gyro Zeppeli ?
2nd 245 Johnny Joestar ?
3rd 273 Pocoloco ?
4th 223 Norisuke Higashikata ?
5th 72 Baba Yaga ?
6th 79 Sloop John B ?
7th 48 Georgie Porgie ?
8th 57~65 Zenyatta Mondatta ?
9th 59 Nellyville ?
20th 192 Diego Brando ?

Drop outs

Unknown

7th Stage - Philadelphia Triangle

"Benjamin Franklin Parkway", "PhiladelphiaW", Pennsylvania [9]

Results

Note: Information deduced by cross referencing with other score tables are in italics.

Place Points Jockey Time
1st 292 Diego Brando 21d 6h 5m 11s
2nd 273 Norisuke Higashikata ?
3rd 313 Pocoloco ?
4th 114 Sloop John B ?
5th 102 Baba Yaga ?
6th 271 Gyro Zeppeli +45m
7th 265 Johnny Joestar +45m
8th 63 Georgie Porgie ?
9th 72 Nellyville ?

Unknown

8th Stage - Both Sides Now

"Union Beach" "New JerseyW" [10]

Results

Note: Information deduced by cross referencing with other score tables are in italics.

From this point on, Diego Brando is dead and secretly replaced by the Diego Brando from Another Universe.

All hour bonuses aquired are used at the end of the race to adjust th arrival time and the rank that would be associated.

Place Points Jockey Time
1st 214 Sloop John B 1st
1h bonus
2nd 342 Diego Brando 4th
2h bonus
3rd 313 Norisuke Higashikata 2nd
1h bonus
4th 348 Pocoloco 3rd
1h bonus
5th 295 Johnny Joestar 5th
no bonus
6th 88 Georgie Porgie 6th
no bonus
7th 92 Nellyville 7th
no bonus

Drop outs

Unknown

Final Stage - Manhattan Rhapsody

Trinity ChurchW, Lower ManhattanW, New York CityW, NY [11]

Results

Note: Information deduced by cross referencing with other score tables are in italics.

Place Points Jockey Time
1st 314 Sloop John B ?
2nd 398 Pocoloco ?
3rd 353 Norisuke Higashikata ?
4th 123 Georgie Porgie ?
5th 122 Nellyville ?

Drop outs

  • Diego Brando (442 points including the 100 points from the final stage, had he not disppeared afterwards)
  • Johnny Joestar (295 points)

Unknown

Overall

Outline of Each Stage and Winners

SPOILER WARNING: Part Spoiler details may follow.
STAGE SUBTITLE ROUTE TOTAL DISTANCE DAYS TRAVEL ENTRANTS WINNER DROP OUT DEATHS
1st15,000 MetersSan Diego Beach
- Santa Maria Novella Church
15 km18 Min.3852Gyro Zeppeli
(downgraded)
Sandman
823
2ndCrossing the Arizona Desert - Monument Valley 1,200 km18 Days 7 Hours 24 Min.3770Diego Brando130182
3rdRocky Mountain Breakdown - Cañon City 710 km
(Mountain Route)
5 Days 9 Hours 51 Min.2469Hot Pants5510
4thThe Small Gravestone on the Wide, Wide Great Plains - Kansas City 1,250 km21 Days 7 Hours 10 Min.1918Norisuke Higashikata14771
5thIllinois Skyline - Chicago, Michigan Lakeline 780 km14 Days 2 Hours 11 Min.441Pocoloco672
6thMichigan Lakeline - Mackinaw City - Lake Huron 690 km c. 12 Days374Gyro Zeppeli3130
7thPhiladelphia Triangle - Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia 1,300 km21 Days 6 Hours 5 Min.61Diego Brando90
8thBoth Sides Now - Union Beach, New Jersey 140 kmc. 2 Days52Sloop John B 7 0
Final Manhattan Rhapsody -Trinity Church in Manhattan 13 km c. 30 min. 45Diego Brando
(disqualified)
Sloop John B
6 0
Overall Steel Ball Run San Diego Beach -
Trinity Church in Manhattan
6000 km 116 Days 6 Hours 33 Min. 3852Diego Brando
(disqualified)
Pocoloco
3813 88

Participant Data

SPOILER WARNING: Part Spoiler details may follow.
Jockey Age Country Horse's Name Age Species 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th Overall Points
Completed
Pocoloco 21 USA Hey! Ya! 4 Quarter Horse 3 9 5 2 1 3 3 4 2 1st 398
Norisuke Higashikata 68 JP Hono 4 Bavarian Warm Blood 19 6 12 1 2 4 2 3 3 2nd 353
Sloop John B  ? USA Catch a Wave 4 Quarter Horse 20 10 Out 8 6 6 4 1 1 3rd 314
Georgie Porgie  ? FR  ?  ?  ? Out 20 11 12 17 7 8 6 4 4th 123
Nellyville  ? USA Country Grammar 4 Quarter Horse 15 12 13 13 11 9 9 7 5 5th 122
Drop outs
Diego Brando 20 UK Silver Bullet 4 Arab Thoroughbred 2 1 3 54 Out 20 1 2 Disqualified 342
Johnny Joestar 19 USA 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 Dead 246
Baba Yaga  ? RU Nut Rocker 5 Arab 14 15 8 Out 10 5 5 Retired 102
Hot Pants 23 USA Gets Up 3 Mustang 6 5 1 7 3 Retired Dead 215
Sandman  ? USA None 1 3 6 6 Dead 190
Dot Han  ? MN #1 4 Boulonnais 16 8 7 5 Dead 71
Gaucho - ES Peg 6 Criollo 17 Out 10 Dead 17
Mountain Tim 31 USA Ghost Rider in the Sky 5 Mustang 4 Retired Dead 35
Fritz von Stroheim  ? DE Europe Express 4 Trakehner 7 Retired 20
Benjamin Boom Boom  ? USA Crosstown Traffic 4 Quarter Horse 9 Dead 13
Andre Boom Boom  ? USA Foxy Lady 3 Quarter Horse 10 Dead? 12
L. A. Boom Boom  ? USA Little Wing 3 Quarter Horse 11 Dead? 11
Mrs. Robinson  ? MX El Condor Pasa 7 Appaloosa 18 Retired 4
Oyecomova  ? Neapolis  ?  ?  ? Out Dead? 0
Urmd Avdol  ? EG  ?  ? Camel Retired 0
Baron Roocatugo  ? DE Automobile Retired 0
Mark Becker - - - - - Dead 0
David Hagen - - - - - Dead 0
Paul Lukather - - - - - Dead 0
Unknown
Zenyatta Mondatta - IN Roxanne 5 Arab 12 7  ? 10  ? 8 - - - - 57+
Caravan Serai - MX Moon Flower 4 Andalusian 13 18 14 11 7 - - - - - 52+
Dixie Chicken - USA Ramblin' Man 4 Pinto 8 19  ?  ? 9 - - - - - 31+
Nightfly - - - - - Out Out  ?  ? 8 - - - - - 25+
Iglesias - PT 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 - USA 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.[12]
  • 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 7 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.

Gallery

References

  1. SBR Chapter 12: First Stage: Disqualified from Victory
  2. SBR Extra Chapter 2: The Story of F. Valentine
  3. SBR Chapter 5: First Stage: 15,000 Meters
  4. 4.0 4.1 SBR Chapter 13: The Sheriff's Request to Mountain Tim
  5. SBR Chapter 28: Scary Monsters, Part 1
  6. SBR Chapter 33: A Man's World, Part 1
  7. SBR Chapter 40: Silent Way, Part 1
  8. SBR Chapter 45: The Land of Promises: Sugar Mountain, Part 1
  9. SBR Chapter 55: The Victor's Rights
  10. SBR Chapter 60: Both Sides Now, Part 1
  11. SBR Chapter 90: High Voltage, Part 1
  12. SBR Chapter 1: The Steel Ball Run: Press Conference, About Numerical Values and Notation

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