American National Pastimes - A History

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Author: Mark Dyreson,Jaime Schultz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317572688

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

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When the colonies that became the USA were still dominions of the British Empire they began to imagine their sporting pastimes as finer recreations than even those enjoyed in the motherland. From the war of independence and the creation of the republic to the twenty-first century, sporting pastimes have served as essential ingredients in forging nationhood in American history. This collection gathers the work of an all-star team of historians of American sport in order to explore the origins and meanings of the idea of national pastimes—of a nation symbolized by its sports. These wide-ranging essays analyze the claims of particular sports to national pastime status, from horse racing, hunting, and prize fighting in early American history to baseball, basketball, and football more than two centuries later. These essays also investigate the legal, political, economic, and culture patterns and the gender, ethnic, racial, and class dynamics of national pastimes, connecting sport to broader historical themes. American National Pastimes chronicles how and why the USA has used sport to define and debate the contours of nation. This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

The National Pastime

A Review of Baseball History

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Author: Society for American Baseball Research

Publisher: Society for Amer Baseball

ISBN: 9780910137812

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 132

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The National Pastime offers baseball history available nowhere else. Each fall this publication from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) explores baseball history with fresh and often surprising views of past players, teams, and events. Drawn from the research efforts of more than 6,700 SABR members, The National Pastime establishes an accurate, lively, and entertaining historical record of baseball.

NFL Football

A History of America's New National Pastime

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Author: Richard C. Crepeau

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252096533

Category: History

Page: 272

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This wide-ranging history synthesizes scholarship and media sources to give the reader an inside view of the television contracts, labor issues, and other off-the-field forces that shaped the National Football League. Historian Richard Crepeau shows how Commissioner Pete Rozelle's steady leadership guided the league's explosive growth during the era of Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl's transformation into a mid-winter spectacle. Crepeau also delves into the league's masterful exploitation of media from radio to the internet, its ability to get taxpayers to subsidize team stadiums, and its success in delivering an outlet for experiencing vicarious violence to a public uneasy over the changing rules of masculinity. Probing and learned, NFL Football tells an epic American success story peopled by larger-than-life figures and driven by ambition, money, sweat, and dizzying social and technological changes.

National Pastime

U.S. History Through Baseball

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Author: Martin C. Babicz,Thomas W. Zeiler

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442235853

Category: History

Page: 292

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Through war, depression, times of tumultuous upheaval and of great prosperity – baseball has reflected America’s history and ideals. In this book, historians Martin Babicz and Thomas Zeiler find in baseball a window into America’s past and into the values that allow both the sport and nation to endure: hope, tradition, escape, and revolution.

Baseball by the Beach

A History of America's National Pastime on Cape Cod

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Author: Christopher Price

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780940160712

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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Baseball’s First Inning

A History of the National Pastime Through the Civil War

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Author: William J. Ryczek

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786482832

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 269

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This history of America’s pastime describes the evolution of baseball from early bat and ball games to its growth and acceptance in different regions of the country. Such New York clubs as the Atlantics, Excelsiors and Mutuals are a primary focus, serving as examples of how the sport became more sophisticated and popular. The author compares theories about many of baseball’s “inventors,” exploring the often fascinating stories of several of baseball’s oldest founding myths. The impact of the Civil War on the sport is discussed and baseball’s unsteady path to becoming America’s national game is analyzed at length.

The National Pastime, Volume 19

A Review of Baseball History

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Author: Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)

Publisher: Society for American Baseball Research

ISBN: 9780910137775

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 116

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The National Pastime offers baseball history available nowhere else. Each fall this publication from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) explores baseball history with fresh and often surprising views of past players, teams, and events. Drawn from the research efforts of more than 6,700 SABR members, The National Pastime establishes an accurate, lively, and entertaining historical record of baseball. A Note from the Editor, Mark Alvarez: With great sadness, we run in this issue the late Ralph Horton's final article for SABR, a typically well-researched, clearly written exposition on the Big Four who brought success to Detroit in the 1880s. Ralph's example as an exemplary colleague, researcher, and friend, will stay with us. SABR members fortunate enough to attend the annual convention in Scottsdale, Arizona this past June had two never-to-be-forgotten thrills: watching José Jimenez pitch the Arizona Diamond Diamondbacks' first no hitter, and listening to Tommy Henrich's marvelous keynote talk at the banquet. Our lead article in this issue is Old Reliable's appreciation of outfield mate Joe DiMaggio Along with the baseball insights, we learn just how quiet and distant the Clipper was, even with longtime teammates. Chris Lamb writes perceptively about how differently the white and black press covered the first spring training appearances of Jackie Robinson with Montreal. This pairs nicely with Tom Gallagher's piece on the role played in baseball integration by Lester Rodney and the Daily Worker. David Voigt gives us his choice of the twelve key years of baseball's twentieth century—and a little philosophy to boo. There's plenty more, of course, from Grove to Gumpert, from semipro to the minors to Japanese ball. Jump in!

The National Pastime: A Review of Baseball History

Premiere Issue Digital Re-Issue

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Author: Edited by John Thorn

Publisher: SABR, Inc.

ISBN: 1933599812

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 92

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Back in 1982, the Society for American Baseball Research was still young, barely a decade past its founding, and had grown to some 1600 members. One of their number, a "defrocked English Lit guy poking around in journalism," suggested to the board of directors that SABR, and the world, might benefit from a publication along the lines of American Heritage, only about baseball. Before long that member, John Thorn, found himself at the helm of the newly christened periodical, The National Pastime: A Review of Baseball History. The very first issue included names we think of today as luminaries in the field of baseball history and analysis: Harold Seymour, Lawrence S. Ritter, Pete Palmer, David Voigt, Bob Broeg, and more. Over the years the significance of that flagship issue has only grown, while the inventory has dwindled. SABR is pleased to present a replica edition here, with the addition of a new preface by John Thorn, now the official historian of Major League Baseball. This issue includes: Nate Colbert's Unknown RBI Record by Bob Carroll Nineteenth-Century Baseball Deserves Equal Time by Art Ahrens Dandy at Third: Ray Dandridge by John B. Holway How Fast Was Cool Papa Bell? by Jim Bankes The Field of Play by David Sanders Ladies and Gentlemen, Presenting Marty McHale by Lawrence S. Ritter Remembrance of Summers Past by Bob Broeg The Merkle Blunder: A Kaleidoscopic View by G. H. Fleming A Tale of Two Sluggers: Roger Maris and Hack Wilson, by Don Nelson Baseball's Misbegottens: Expansion Era Managers by David Voigt The Early Years: A Gallery by Mark Rucker and Lew Lipset The Egyptian and the Greyhounds by Lew Lipset All the Record Books Are Wrong by Frank J. Williams Goose Goslin's Induction Day by Lawrence S. Ritter The Great New York Team of 1927—and It Wasn't the Yankees by Fred Stein Modern Times: A Portfolio by Stuart Leeds Books Before Baseball: A Personal History by Harold Seymour, Ph.D. Ballparks: A Quiz by Bob Bluthardt Runs and Wins by Pete Palmer Baltimore, the Eastern Shore, and More by Al Kermisch David and Goliath: Figures by Ted DiTullio Double Joe Dwyer: A Life in the Bushes by Gerald Tomlinson

America's National Pastime

A Study of Race and Merit in Professional Baseball

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Author: Bret Lee Billet,Lance J. Formwalt

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275951931

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 161

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Beginning with a brief overview of the current state of racism in American society, the authors proceed to inquire into the current state of racism in professional baseball, and finally integrate the two in order to judge the degree to which baseball is a microcosm of the larger society. Annotation

The Baseball Chronicles

A Decade-By-Decade History of the All-American Pastime

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Author: Larry Burke

Publisher: Smithmark Pub

ISBN: 9780765196033

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 176

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Recounts the highlights of each decade in baseball history, describing World Series games, popular trends, and top players and teams

Baseball and the American Dream

Race, Class, Gender, and the National Pastime

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Author: Robert Elias

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317325184

Category: History

Page: 328

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A fascinating look at how America's favorite sport has both reflected and shaped social, economic, and

History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity

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Author: R. Scott Kretchmar,Mark Dyreson,Matthew Liewellyn,John Gleaves

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1492585823

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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Blending historical grounding and philosophical insights regarding sport and physical activity, History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity covers the historical and philosophical dimensions of the study of human movement. This cross-disciplinary text shows how theory in the humanities can affect professional practice. The author team, R. Scott Kretchmar, Mark Dyreson, Matthew P. Llewellyn, and John Gleaves, offers philosophical and ethical analyses alongside explorations of changes in culture. The text follows a chronology of human movement from our origins as hunter-gatherers to the present. The authors blend their specific areas of expertise to present a thorough integration of philosophy and history, capitalizing on the strengths of both disciplines. History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity examines sport and physical activity as a social force. Each chapter provides a historical scaffolding that leads into philosophical discussions about the issues raised. The content is compelling, effective, and accessible for readers. Student exercise sidebars allow students to explore questions as they go, especially in relating philosophical inquiry to historical events. Historical profile sidebars throughout the chapters allow students to gain greater insight into historical figures and events. Ancillaries include an instructor guide, a presentation package, and a test package to help instructors make the most of the historical, philosophical, anthropological, and sociological issues presented in the book. History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity is designed to reduce any gap that might exist between good ideas and sound professional behavior. Historical lessons and philosophical analyses are seamlessly integrated. Readers will understand the intersection of history, culture, ideals, ethics, and professional practice from sport’s leading philosophers and historians.

Contemporary Authors New Revision Series

A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television, and Other Field

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Author: Scot Peacock

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780787646097

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

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pIn response to the escalating need for up-to-date information on writers, IContemporary Authors New Revision /I Series brings researchers the most recent data on the world's most-popular authors. These exciting and unique author profiles are essential to your holdings because sketches are entirely revised and up-to-date, and completely replace the original IContemporary Authors /I entries. pFor your convenience, a soft-cover cumulative index is sent biannually.

A People's History of Baseball

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Author: Mitchell Nathanson

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252093920

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

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From its first pitch, baseball has reflected national values and promoted the idea of what it means to be American. Beloved narratives tied the national pastime to beliefs as fundamental to our civic life as racial equality, patriotism, heroism, and virtuous capitalism. Mitchell Nathanson calls foul. Rejecting the myths and much-told tales, he examines how power is as much a part of baseball--and America--as pine tar and eye black. Indeed, the struggles for power within the game paralleled those that defined our nation. Nathanson follows the new Americans who sought club ownership to promote their social status in the increasingly closed caste system of nineteenth-century America. He shows how the rise and public rebuke of the Players Association reflects the collective spirit of working and middle-class America in the mid-twentieth century and the countervailing forces that sought to beat back the emerging movement. He lays bare the debilitating effects of a harsh double standard that required African American players to possess an unimpeachable character merely to take the field--a standard no white player had to meet. Told with passion and righteous outrage, A People's History of Baseball offers an incisive alternative history of America's much-loved--if misunderstood--national pastime.

Asian Pacific Americans and Baseball

A History

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Author: Joel S. Franks

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786432918

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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"Early on, Pacific Islanders competed against each other and against mainlanders, with teams barnstorming the States, winning more than they lost against college, semi-pro, and even professional nines. For those who moved to the mainland, baseball eased the transition, helping them create a sense of community and purpose, cross cultural borders, and even fame"--Provided by publisher.

Baseball with a Latin Beat

A History of the Latin American Game

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Author: Peter C. Bjarkman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786483082

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 486

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Since Cuba’s Esteban Bellan made his debut for the Troy Haymakers of the National Association in 1871, Latin Americans have played a large role in the major leagues. Nearly 15 percent of big league rosters are made up of Latinos, while the region’s colorful and competitive winter leagues have been a proving ground for up-and-coming major league players and managers. Early Latin American stars were barred purely because of the color of their skin from playing in the major leagues. Players such as Jose Mendez and Martin Dihigo (the only player elected to the U.S., Cuban and Mexican halls of fame) made their marks on the Negro Leagues, turning the leagues’ barnstorming tours into major attractions in many Caribbean countries. This history of the players and events that make up the rich tradition of Latin American baseball gives a unique insight to this long-neglected area of baseball.

The Book of Baseball, 1911

The National Pastime from Its Earliest Days

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Author: William Patten,Joseph Walker McSpadden,Paul Dickson

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486479579

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 158

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One of the most sought-after documents of baseball's early days, this large-format hardcover features more than 220 game-action photos, publicity shots, and more. It explores the game's roots in the 1830s and the origins of the National and American leagues, and offers portraits of such stars as Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Joe Jackson, and others.

The Empire Strikes Out

How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad

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Author: Robert Elias

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 1595585281

Category: History

Page: 448

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Is the face of American baseball throughout the world that of goodwill ambassador or ugly American? Has baseball crafted its own image or instead been at the mercy of broader forces shaping our society and the globe? The Empire Strikes Out gives us the sweeping story of how baseball and America are intertwined in the export of “the American way.” From the Civil War to George W. Bush and the Iraq War, we see baseball’s role in developing the American empire, first at home and then beyond our shores. And from Albert Spalding and baseball’s first World Tour to Bud Selig and the World Baseball Classic, we witness the globalization of America’s national pastime and baseball’s role in spreading the American dream. Besides describing baseball’s frequent and often surprising connections to America’s presence around the world, Elias assesses the effects of this relationship both on our foreign policies and on the sport itself and asks whether baseball can play a positive role or rather only reinforce America’s dominance around the globe. Like Franklin Foer in How Soccer Explains the World, Elias is driven by compelling stories, unusual events, and unique individuals. His seamless integration of original research and compelling analysis makes this a baseball book that’s about more than just sports.

A Companion to American Sport History

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Author: Steven A. Riess

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118609409

Category: History

Page: 704

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A Companion to American Sport History presents acollection of original essays that represent the firstcomprehensive analysis of scholarship relating to the growing fieldof American sport history. Presents the first complete analysis of the scholarshiprelating to the academic history of American sport Features contributions from many of the finest scholars workingin the field of American sport history Includes coverage of the chronology of sports from colonialtimes to the present day, including major sports such as baseball,football, basketball, boxing, golf, motor racing, tennis, and trackand field Addresses the relationship of sports to urbanization,technology, gender, race, social class, and genres such as sportsbiography Awarded 2015 Best Anthology from the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)