The American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity / Edition 3

The American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity / Edition 3

by Lawrence Baldassaro
     
 

These nine essays selected by Lawrence Baldassaro and Richard A. Johnson present for the first time in a single volume an ethnic and racial profile of American baseball. These essayists show how the gradual involvement by various ethnic and racial groups reflects the changing nature of baseball—and of American society as a whole—over the course of the

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These nine essays selected by Lawrence Baldassaro and Richard A. Johnson present for the first time in a single volume an ethnic and racial profile of American baseball. These essayists show how the gradual involvement by various ethnic and racial groups reflects the changing nature of baseball—and of American society as a whole—over the course of the twentieth century.

Although the sport could not truly be called representative of America until after Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947, fascination with the ethnic backgrounds of the players began more than a century ago when athletes of German and Irish descent entered the major leagues in large numbers. In the 1920s, commentators noted the influx of ballplayers of Italian and Slavic origins and wondered why there were not more Jewish players in the big leagues. The era following World War II, however, saw the most dramatic ethnographic shift with the belated entry of African American ballplayers. The pattern of ethnic succession continues as players of Hispanic and Asian origin infuse fresh excitement and renewal into the major leagues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809324460
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Writing Baseball Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2The Many Fathers of Baseball: Anglo-Americans and the Early Game6
3German Americans in Major League Baseball: Sport and Acculturation27
4"Slide, Kelly, Slide": The Irish in American Baseball55
5Unreconciled Strivings: Baseball in Jim Crow America68
6Before Joe D: Early Italian Americans in the Major Leagues92
7From Pike to Green with Greenberg in Between: Jewish Americans and the National Pastime116
8Diamonds out of the Coal Mines: Slavic Americans in Baseball142
9The Latin Quarter in the Major Leagues: Adjustment and Achievement162
10Baseball and Racism's Traveling Eye: The Asian Pacific American Experience177
Contributors199
Index201

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