Baseball and the American Dream: Race, Class, Gender and the National Pastime / Edition 1

Baseball and the American Dream: Race, Class, Gender and the National Pastime / Edition 1

by Robert Elias
     
 

Having turned away from baseball in his youth in pursuit of leftist politics, Elias (U. of San Francisco) now turns back to it in his presentation of 23 essays that sometimes criticize and sometimes praise the interaction of "America's pasttime" with the quest for social justice. Academics from different disciplines, sports writers, poets, and athletes look at the… See more details below

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Having turned away from baseball in his youth in pursuit of leftist politics, Elias (U. of San Francisco) now turns back to it in his presentation of 23 essays that sometimes criticize and sometimes praise the interaction of "America's pasttime" with the quest for social justice. Academics from different disciplines, sports writers, poets, and athletes look at the game from a variety of perspectives, examining the role of baseball in American society in three sections that separately concentrate on race, class, and gender.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765607638
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/30/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: The Missing Ball Thrower
Introduction: American Dreams
A Fit for a Fractured Society: Baseball and the American Promise3
1The Greatest Season: From Jackie Robinson to Sammy Sosa37
2Jackie Robinson's Legacy: Baseball, Race, and Politics43
3The Beauty of the Game64
4Sammy Sosa Meets Horatio Alger: Latin Ballplayers and the American Success Myth71
5From Hardball to Hard Time and Back76
6Borders and Shangri-La: Orlando (El Duque) Hernandez and Me90
7California Baseball's Mixed Multitudes102
8The Road to Cooperstown: Japanese American Baseball, 1899-1999123
9From San Francisco Sandlots to the Big Leagues: Babe Pinelli135
10The Common Dream Examined141
11Left Capitola for a Fate Unknown: Harry Hooper151
12Past [Im]Perfect: Mythology, Nostalgia, and Baseball158
13The Shot Heard 'Round the World: America at Midcentury170
14Beyond the Dugout: Reassessing the Baseball Dream187
15America's Two Realms193
16The Ring200
17Luring Teams, Building Ballparks207
18A New Golden Age? An Evolving Baseball Dream214
19To Elevate the Game: Women and Early Baseball227
20Women, Baseball, and the American Dream235
21A League of Our Own248
22Dream or Nightmare? Baseball and the Gender Order255
23The Tune Plays the Same262
Bibliography265
About the Contributors279
Index289

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