Big Leagues: Professional Baseball, Football, and Basketball in National Memory / Edition 1

Big Leagues: Professional Baseball, Football, and Basketball in National Memory / Edition 1

by Stephen Fox
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803268963

ISBN-13: 9780803268968

Pub. Date: 08/01/1998

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

What is behind America’s enduring love affair with professional baseball, football, and basketball? Big Leagues traces the evolution of these team sports from unlikely beginnings to multibillion-dollar businesses that still arouse widespread passion. We love these sports, Fox argues, because they evolve within long, repeating cycles that leave them stable

Overview

What is behind America’s enduring love affair with professional baseball, football, and basketball? Big Leagues traces the evolution of these team sports from unlikely beginnings to multibillion-dollar businesses that still arouse widespread passion. We love these sports, Fox argues, because they evolve within long, repeating cycles that leave them stable at their cores. Ballplayers, like their games, don’t change much. They remain children with a ball and juvenile in their attitudes toward sex, drink, and drugs, as well as toward superstitions and practical jokes.

Fox candidly illustrates the shenanigans of old-time and newer players, contradicts some accepted wisdom on the origins and early histories of the games, and includes a controversial account of the history of black athletes in America. He also surveys the world of fandom, examines the “big money” explosion, and dares to project the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803268968
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Edition description:
Bison Book
Pages:
508
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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