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Baseball and American culture : across the diamond
Rielly, Edward J.
Publication Information:
New York : Haworth Press, [2003]

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xxiii, 289 pages ; 23 cm.
A distinct sense of belonging / E. Michael Brady -- Home base : a survey of backyard baseball diamonds / Theresa M. Danna -- On Fenway, faith, and fandom : a Red Sox fan reflects / Derek Catsam -- Baseball memorabilia / Frank Hoffmann -- From Jackie to Elvis, from Selma to St. Petersburg : the desegregation of spring training / Brian Carroll -- Creating home with the ball field : the dynamics of baseball and civic inclusivity for Germans, Irishmen, and Blacks during the late nineteenth century / Kevin J. Grzymala -- The Internet and the popularization of the Negro leagues / Alar Lipping -- Baseball and Blacks : a loss of affinity, a loss of community / David C. Ogden -- The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League : accomplishing great things in a dangerous world / Carol J. Pierman -- Globalization of baseball in popular culture / Martin Manning -- Here's the pitch : baseball and advertising / Roberta Newman -- From John McGraw to Joe Torre : industrial management styles applied throughout the history of major league baseball / Richard J. Puerzer -- The Hall of Fame and the American mythology / George Grella -- Politics, patriotism, and baseball on-screen / Rob Edelman -- Writing their way home : American writers and baseball / Connie Ann Kirk -- Baseball as a second language : the impenetrability of our national pastime / Seth Whidden -- Baseball poetry : society's overlooked and underestimated literary art form / Dan Zamudio -- Eiron men, "You know me, Alazons, " and pixies : baseball humor as American humor / Thomas L. Altherr -- Baseball labor relations : is it safe to go back to the ball park? / Karen Shallcross Koziara -- God and the diamond : the "born-again" baseball autobiography / Gary Land -- The winter meetings, the king of baseball, and the conscience of the game / Larry Moffi -- Control problems : the limitations of baseball as metaphor / William W. Wright -- Boys of summer, suicides of winter : an introduction to baseball suicides / Loren Coleman.
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Discover baseball's role in American society!

Baseball and American Culture: Across the Diamond is a thoughtful look at baseball's impact on American society through the eyes of the game's foremost scholars, historians, and commentators. Edited by Dr. Edward J. Rielly, author of Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, the book examines how baseball and society intersect and interact, and how the quintessential American game reflects and affects American culture. Enlightening and entertaining, Baseball and American Culture presents a multidisciplinary perspective on baseball's involvement in virtually every important social development in the United States--past and present.

Baseball and American Culture examines baseball's unique role as a sociological touchstone, presenting scholarly essays that explore the game as a microcosm for American society--good and bad. Topics include the struggle for racial equality, women's role in society, immigration, management-labor conflicts, advertising, patriotism, religion, the limitations of baseball as a metaphor, and suicide. Contributing authors include Larry Moffi, author of This Side of Cooperstown: An Oral History of Major League Baseball in the 1950s and Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947-1959, and a host of presenters to the 2001 Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, including Thomas Altherr, George Grella, Dave Ogden, Roberta Newman, Brian Carroll, Richard Puerzer, and the editor himself.

Baseball and American Culture features 23 essays on this fascinating subject, including:
"On Fenway, Faith, and Fandom: A Red Sox Fan Reflects"
"Baseball and Blacks: A Loss of Affinity, A Loss of Community"
"The Hall of Fame and the American Mythology"
"Writing Their Way Home: American Writers and Baseball"
"God and the Diamond: The Born-Again Baseball Autobiography"

Baseball and American Culture: Across the Diamond is an essential read for baseball fans and historians, academics involved in sports literature and popular culture, and students of American society.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Rielly offers 23 chapters by 23 authors exploring with very uneven success the relationship between baseball and American culture. The best chapters treat desegregation, the Internet, women, labor relations, and the winter meetings. Although most of the chapters are well written, what this reviewer found frustrating was an excess of description and a corresponding minimum of analysis in most chapters. A recurring theme is the indication of baseball's reduced popularity (per certain indexes) in contrast to upward swings for other professional team sports. But nowhere is there mention of American culture's increasing pace and triviality as one explanation of football and basketball's appeal because of their obvious action and lack of complexity. Ignored also are underlying reasons for the substantially greater number of baseball publications, why there is more humor in baseball, more interesting characters, and more coffee-shop talk about the sport than is true of its competitors. Shakespeare, this reviewer suspects, would characterize several of the chapters as "much ado about nothing." ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. W. F. Gustafson emeritus, San Jose State University

Table of Contents

E. Michael BradyTheresa M. DannaDerek CatsamFrank HoffmannBrian CarrollKevin J. GrzymalaAlar LippingDavid C. OgdenCarol J. PiermanMartin ManningRoberta NewmanRichard J. PuerzerGeorge GrellaRob EdelmanConnie Ann KirkSeth WhiddenDan ZamudioThomas L. AltherrKaren Shallcross KoziaraGary LandLarry MoffiWilliam W. WrightLoren Coleman
About the Editorp. xi
Contributorsp. xiii
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Section I The American Fan
Chapter 1. A Distinct Sense of Belongingp. 3
Chapter 2. Home Base: A Survey of Backyard Baseball Diamondsp. 13
Chapter 3. On Fenway, Faith, and Fandom: A Red Sox Fan Reflectsp. 21
Chapter 4. Baseball Memorabiliap. 35
Section II Baseball Inclusivity
Chapter 5. From Jackie to Elvis, from Selma to St. Petersburg: The Desegregation of Spring Trainingp. 49
Chapter 6. Creating Home with the Ball Field: The Dynamics of Baseball and Civic Inclusivity for Germans, Irishmen, and Blacks During the Late Nineteenth Centuryp. 63
Chapter 7. The Internet and the Popularization of the Negro Leaguesp. 79
Chapter 8. Baseball and Blacks: A Loss of Affinity, a Loss of Communityp. 87
Chapter 9. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Accomplishing Great Things in a Dangerous Worldp. 97
Chapter 10. Globalization of Baseball in Popular Culturep. 109
Section III Money, Managing, and Myth
Chapter 11. Here's the Pitch: Baseball and Advertisingp. 123
Chapter 12. From John McGraw to Joe Torre: Industrial Management Styles Applied Throughout the History of Major League Baseballp. 137
Chapter 13. The Hall of Fame and the American Mythologyp. 151
Section IV Baseball and the Arts
Chapter 14. Politics, Patriotism, and Baseball On-Screenp. 163
Chapter 15. Writing Their Way Home: American Writers and Baseballp. 173
Chapter 16. Baseball As a Second Language: The Impenetrability of Our National Pastimep. 183
Chapter 17. Baseball Poetry: Society's Overlooked and Underestimated Literary Art Formp. 193
Chapter 18. Eiron Men, "You Know Me, Alazons," and Pixies: Baseball Humor As American Humorp. 201
Section V Baseball and Resolution of Conflict
Chapter 19. Baseball Labor Relations: Is It Safe to Go Back to the Ballpark?p. 221
Chapter 20. God and the Diamond: The "Born-Again" Baseball Autobiographyp. 239
Chapter 21. The Winter Meetings, the King of Baseball, and the Conscience of the Gamep. 249
Chapter 22. Control Problems: The Limitations of Baseball As Metaphorp. 259
Chapter 23. Boys of Summer, Suicides of Winter: An Introduction to Baseball Suicidesp. 271
Indexp. 279