Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture 1999

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Overview

The symposium was held in June 1999 and the 23 resulting papers cover baseball and the American imagination, American culture, American society, American business, and the fan. Among more specific topics are spirituality, poetry, radio, reflections of violence in the 1960s and 1970s, Joe DiMaggio and the ideal of American masculinity, and legislative history and labor relations implications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786408320
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/2/2000
  • Series: Cooperstown Symposium Series , #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 391
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter M. Rutkoff directs the American Studies program and was the National Endowment for the Humanities distinguished teaching professor of history and American studies, 1997-2000, at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Alvin L. Hall is director of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. They are also the editors of The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 1997 (Jackie Robinson) (2000).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x
Preface 1
Introduction 5
Part 1 Baseball and the American Imagination
Solarball: Baseball, America, Time, and the Sun 9
Spirituality and Baseball 23
The Baseball Diamond as American Landscape 31
The 1913 World Series and the Epic Imagination 41
Part 2 Baseball and American Culture
Baseball Short Stories: From Lardner to Asinof to Kinsella 59
Reflections on Baseball and Poetry 73
Baseball and Vaudeville and the Development of Popular Culture in the United States, 1880-1930 83
Baseball and Country Music 101
As American as Cherry Pie: Baseball and Reflections of Violence in the 1960s and 1970s 115
"Three Strikes and You're Out": The Role of Sports Metaphors in Political Discourse 133
Baseball Meets the National Pastime: Baseball and Radio 147
Part 3 Baseball and American Society
Slide, Kelly, Slide: The Irish in the Early History of Baseball 177
"There Is Nothing Now Heard of, in Our Leisure Hours, but Ball, Ball, Ball": Baseball and Baseball-Type Games in the Colonial Era, Revolutionary War, and Early American Republic 187
Baseball as a Symbiosis of Interests: A Survey of Men and Women at Minor League Games in the Midwest 215
Joe DiMaggio and the Ideal of American Masculinity 227
From Bloomer Girls' Baseball to Women's Softball: A Cultural Journey Resulting in Women's Exclusion from Baseball 245
Mixed Singles: The Story of Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues (A Play) 261
Part 4 Baseball and American Business
Baseball Is Polluted: The Modern Way to Spell BASEBALL--$Business, $People, $Collecting, the $Sport and $More 281
Stamp Out Smokeless Tobacco and Snuff in Baseball 289
Baseball, Culture, Criminal Justice, and the Academy 297
The Curt Flood Act: Legislative History and Labor Relations Implications 313
Part 5 Baseball and the Fan
The Fans' Role in Shaping Baseball: A Voice Too Long Silent? 333
Baseball Fans and the Cooperstown Symposium Participants 357
Index 375
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