Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

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Overview

Baseball has brought us great players, great writers, and some really rotten calls. Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture looks at American society through the prism of its favorite pastime, discussing not only the game but also such issues as race relations, writing, drug abuse, entertainment, gambling, and movies.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An impressive work . . . a fine book to use as a touchstone for starting a baseball collection."

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American Reference Books Annual

"An informative, entertaining book about the relationship between baseball and popular culture. Recommended for all college and university libraries."

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Choice

"Baseball aficionados will enjoy browsing through this authoritative title, and researchers will find infomation on a variety of topics not readily available elsewhere."

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School Library Journal

"This unique work offers readers encyclopedic coverage of the game as a social institution, with considerable focus on its relationship with society. Recommended for all libraries with substantial interest in sports."

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Looks at American society through the prism of its favorite pastime, discussing the game and surrounding issues of race relations, writing, drug abuse, entertainment, and the change from rural to urban society. Entries describe larger-than-life characters of the sport, sports facts and firsts, important milestones, and observations on daily life and popular culture. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576071038
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2000
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xv
Aaron, Henry Louis (Hank, Hammerin' Hank) (1934- ) 1
African Americans 4
Alexander, Grover Cleveland (Old Pete, Alex the Great) (1887-1950) 6
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League 7
Allen, Mel (1913-1996) 9
All-Star Games 11
American Legion Baseball 12
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease) 12
Anson, Adrian Constantine (Cap, Pop) (1852-1922) 13
Antitrust Exemption 15
Art 16
Artificial Turf 18
Australian Baseball 18
Autographs 19
Autry, Orvon Gene (1907-1998) 19
Babe Ruth League 21
Baker, John Franklin (Home Run) (1886-1963) 21
Ballparks 23
Banks, Ernest (Ernie, Mr. Cub) (1931- ) 25
Barber, Walter Lanier (Red) (1908-1992) 26
The Baseball Encyclopedia 27
Bauman, Joe Willis (1922- ) 28
Bell, James Thomas (Cool Papa) (1903-1991) 28
Berra, Lawrence Peter (Yogi) (1925- ) 29
Black Sox Scandal 30
Bouton, James Alan (Jim) (1939- ) 33
Brickhouse, John Beasley (Jack) (1916-1998) 34
Brooklyn Dodgers 34
Brown, Mordecai Peter Centennial (Three Finger, Brownie) (1876-1948) 37
Business 38
Campanella, Roy (Campy) (1921-1993) 43
Canadian Baseball 44
Cancer 45
Caray, Harry (ca. 1914-1998) 46
Cards, Baseball 47
Cartwright, Alexander Joy (1820-1892) 49
"Casey at the Bat," 50
Castro, Fidel (1927- ) 52
Chadwick, Henry (1824-1908) 53
Chandler, Albert Benjamin (Happy) (1898-1991) 53
Chapman, Raymond Johnson (Ray) (1891-1920) 54
Cheating 54
Cincinnati Red Stockings 56
Clemente, Roberto Walker (1934-1972) 57
Cobb, Tyrus Raymond (the Georgia Peach) (1886-1961) 58
Collectibles 61
College Baseball 61
Colorado Silver Bullets 63
Comiskey, Charles Albert (Charlie, the Old Roman, Commy) (1859-1931) 64
Commissioner 66
Connors, Kevin Joseph Aloysius (Chuck) (1921-1992) 67
Creighton, James (1841-1862) 68
Cricket 69
Cuban Baseball 70
Cummings, William Arthur (Candy) (1848-1924) 71
Damn Yankees 73
Dean, Jay Hanna (Dizzy) (1910-1974) 74
Democracy 75
DiMaggio, Joseph Paul (Joltin' Joe, the Yankee Clipper) (1914-1999) 77
Disabilities 81
Doby, Lawrence Eugene (Larry) (1923- ) 83
Doubleday, Abner (1819-1893) 84
Durocher, Leo Ernest (the Lip) (1905-1991) 85
Equipment 87
Expansion 90
Family Relationships 93
Fantasy Camps 94
Favorite Baseball Player 94
Feller, Robert William (Rapid Robert) (1918- ) 95
Fiction 96
Field of Dreams 99
Films 99
Finley, Charles Oscar (1918-1997) 102
Flood, Curtis Charles (Curt) (1938-1997) 103
Food Vendors 104
Foster, Andrew (Rube, Jock) (1879-1930) 105
Free Agency 106
Gaedel, Edward Carl (Eddie) (1925-1961) 109
Gambling 109
Games 111
Gashouse Gang 113
Gehrig, Henry Louis (Lou, the Iron Horse) (1903-1941) 113
Giamatti, Angelo Bartlett (1938-1989) 116
Gibson, Joshua (Josh) (1911-1947) 119
Gibson, Pack Robert (Bob, Hoot) (1935- ) 120
Greenberg, Henry Benjamin (Hank) (1911-1986) 121
Grey, Pearl Zane (1875-1939) 123
Griffey, George Kenneth, Jr. (Junior, Ken) (1969- ) 124
Griffith, Clark Calvin (the Old Fox) (1869-1955) 124
Hall of Fame and Museum 127
Hemingway, Ernest Miller (1899-1961) 128
Heroes 131
Hitless Wonders 133
Home Run 133
Hornsby, Rogers (Rajah) (1896-1963) 136
House of David 137
Hunter, James Augustus (Catfish) (1946-1999) 137
Industrial Leagues 139
Internet 140
Irvin, Monford (Monte) (1919- ) 140
Jackson, Joseph Jefferson (Shoeless Joe) (1889-1951) 143
Jackson, Reginald Martinez (Reggie) (1946- ) 144
Japanese Baseball 145
Jewish Americans 147
Johnson, Byron Bancroft (Ban) (1864-1931) 149
Johnson, Walter Perry (the Big Train) (1887-1946) 151
Journalism (Print) 151
Kelly, Michael Joseph (King) (1857-1894) 155
Kiner, Ralph McPherran (1922- ) 156
Kinsella, William Patrick (W. P.) (1935- ) 156
Korean Baseball 157
Koufax, Sanford (Sandy) (1935- ) 158
Kuhn, Bowie K. (1926- ) 159
Labor-Management Relations 161
Lacy, Samuel H. (Sam) (1903- ) 166
Landis, Kenesaw Mountain (1866-1944) 167
Language, Baseball 169
Lardner, Ringgold Wilmer (Ring) (1885-1933) 171
Larsen, Donald James (Don) (1929- ) 173
Lasorda, Thomas Charles (Tommy) (1927- ) 174
Latin American Baseball 174
Law 177
Little League 180
Louisville Slugger 183
Mack, Cornelius Alexander (the Tall Tactician) (1862-1956) 185
MacPhail, Leland Stanford, Sr. (Larry) (1890-1975); and Leland Stanford, Jr. (Lee) (1917- ) 186
Major Leagues 188
Malamud, Bernard (1914-1986) 191
Manley, Effa (1900-1981) 192
Mantle, Mickey Charles (Mick, the Commerce Comet) (1931-1995) 194
Marichal, Juan Antonio (Manito) (1937- ) 196
Maris, Roger Eugene (1934-1985) 196
Mathewson, Christopher (Matty, Big Six) (1880-1925) 197
Mays, Willie Howard (Say-Hey Kid) (1931-) 198
McGraw, John Joseph (Mugsy, Little Napoleon) (1873-1934) 199
McGwire, Mark David (1963-) 200
McLain, Dennis Dale (Denny) (1944-) 203
Men's Senior Baseball League/Men's Adult Baseball League 204
Merkle Boner 204
Miller, Marvin James (1917-) 205
Minor Leagues 205
Murderer's Row 208
Musial, Stanley Frank (Stan the Man) (1920-) 208
Music 210
Myth 211
Native Americans 215
Negro Leagues 217
New York Yankees 219
Nicknames 222
Night Baseball 223
Ott, Melvin Thomas (Master Melvin) (1909-1958) 227
Paige, Leroy Robert (Satchel) (ca. 1906-1982) 229
Peanuts 230
Perfection 231
Periodicals 231
Poetry 232
Polo Grounds 234
PONY Baseball and Softball 234
Postema, Pamela (1954-) 235
Povich, Shirley (1905-1998) 235
Presidents of the United States 236
Quisenberry, Daniel Raymond (1953-1998) 239
Radbourn, Charles Gardner (Old Hoss) (1854-1897) 241
Radio Broadcasting 242
Railroads 244
Records Set 245
Religion 246
Reserve Clause 248
Rice, Grantland (1880-1954) 249
Rickey, Wesley Branch (the Mahatma) (1881-1965) 250
Ripken, Calvin Edwin, Jr. (Cal) (1960-) 252
Ritual 253
Robinson, Frank (1935-) 254
Robinson, Jack Roosevelt (Jackie) (1919-1972) 256
Rose, Peter Edward (Pete, Charlie Hustle) (1941-) 259
Rotisserie Baseball (Fantasy Leagues) 261
Rounders 262
Rural America 263
Ruth, George Herman (Babe, the Bambino, the Sultan of Swat) (1895-1948) 264
Ryan, Lynn Nolan (1947-) 267
Schacht, Alexander (Al) (1892-1984) 271
Scouts 271
Seaver, George Thomas (Tom Terrific) (1944-) 272
Seymour, Harold (1910-1992) 273
Smith, Walter Wellesley (Red) (1905-1982) 273
Smith, Wendell (1914-1972) 274
Society for American Baseball Research 275
Sockalexis, Louis Francis (Chief, Sock) (1871-1913) 276
Softball 277
Sosa, Samuel Peralta (Sammy) (1968-) 278
Souvenirs 279
Spalding, Albert Goodwill (1850-1915) 280
The Sporting News 281
"The Star-Spangled Banner," 283
Statistics 284
Steinbrenner, George Michael, III (1930-) 285
Stengel, Charles Dillon (Casey, the Old Professor) (1890-1975) 286
Strikeouts 288
Substance Abuse 290
Sunday, William Ashley (Billy, Parson, the Evangelist) (1862-1935) 292
Taiwanese Baseball 293
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game," 293
Television Broadcasting 294
Theater 297
Tinker to Evers to Chance 298
Torre, Joseph Paul (1940-) 298
Total Baseball 299
Townball 300
Turner, Robert Edward (Ted) (1938-) 301
Twain, Mark (1835-1910) 301
Umpires 303
Uniforms 306
Veeck, William L., Jr. (1914-1986) 309
Wagner, John Peter (Honus, the Flying Dutchman) (1874-1955) 311
Walsh, Edward Augustine (Big Ed) (1881-1959) 312
War 312
Ward, John Montgomery (Monte) (1860-1925) 315
White, William DeKova (Bill) (1934-) 316
Whitman, Walter (Walt) (1819-1892) 316
"Who's on First?" 317
Wilhelm, James Hoyt (1923-) 318
Williams, Theodore Samuel (the Kid, Teddy Ball Game, the Splendid Splinter) (1918-) 319
Wilson, August (1945-) 321
Wilson, Lewis Robert (Hack) (1900-1948) 322
Women in Baseball 323
World Series 327
Wrigley Field 329
Yankee Stadium 331
Young, Denton True (Cy) (1867-1955) 332
Bibliography 333
About the Author 353
Index 355
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