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

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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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For a closer look at the cultural import of the game as it is now played and marketed, thoughtful dads (and others) can turn to Baseball and the American Dream: Race, Class, Gender, and the National Pastime. University of San Francisco politics department chair and legal studies coordinator Robert Elias has compiled 23 essays that examine everything from "Dream or Nightmare?: Baseball and the Gender Order" and "Left Capitola for a Fate Unknown: Harry Hooper" to Andrei Codrescu's "Borders and Shangri La: Orlando ( June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765607638
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Missing Ball Thrower
Introduction: American Dreams
A Fit for a Fractured Society: Baseball and the American Promise 3
1 The Greatest Season: From Jackie Robinson to Sammy Sosa 37
2 Jackie Robinson's Legacy: Baseball, Race, and Politics 43
3 The Beauty of the Game 64
4 Sammy Sosa Meets Horatio Alger: Latin Ballplayers and the American Success Myth 71
5 From Hardball to Hard Time and Back 76
6 Borders and Shangri-La: Orlando (El Duque) Hernandez and Me 90
7 California Baseball's Mixed Multitudes 102
8 The Road to Cooperstown: Japanese American Baseball, 1899-1999 123
9 From San Francisco Sandlots to the Big Leagues: Babe Pinelli 135
10 The Common Dream Examined 141
11 Left Capitola for a Fate Unknown: Harry Hooper 151
12 Past [Im]Perfect: Mythology, Nostalgia, and Baseball 158
13 The Shot Heard 'Round the World: America at Midcentury 170
14 Beyond the Dugout: Reassessing the Baseball Dream 187
15 America's Two Realms 193
16 The Ring 200
17 Luring Teams, Building Ballparks 207
18 A New Golden Age? An Evolving Baseball Dream 214
19 To Elevate the Game: Women and Early Baseball 227
20 Women, Baseball, and the American Dream 235
21 A League of Our Own 248
22 Dream or Nightmare? Baseball and the Gender Order 255
23 The Tune Plays the Same 262
Bibliography 265
About the Contributors 279
Index 289
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