The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture 2002

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The 24 papers of this proceedings were presented at the 14th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held in Cooperstown, NY in June 2002. The papers are divided into the themes of history, business, race, the media, and culture. Individual topics include a comparison of the segregation and desegregation eras, Ernest Hemingway and baseball, the Black press, gay Major League players, religious associations of baseball, and the rise of segregated baseball in 19th-century Kansas. Simons teaches ...
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The 24 papers of this proceedings were presented at the 14th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held in Cooperstown, NY in June 2002. The papers are divided into the themes of history, business, race, the media, and culture. Individual topics include a comparison of the segregation and desegregation eras, Ernest Hemingway and baseball, the Black press, gay Major League players, religious associations of baseball, and the rise of segregated baseball in 19th-century Kansas. Simons teaches history at the State U. of New York in Oneonta, which co-sponsors the symposium. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786415700
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/5/2003
  • Series: Cooperstown Symposium Series , #6
  • Edition number: 2002
  • Pages: 379
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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William M. Simons is professor of history at the State University of New York-Oneonta. Alvin L. Hall is director of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface 1
Introduction 3
Keynote Address: Baseball Lives in the Depression Era 15
Country Baseball on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 1867-1921 29
Pitcher at Twilight: Bill Monbouquette and the American Dream 40
The Segregation of Professional Baseball in Kansas, 1895-1899: A Case Study in the Rise of Jim Crow During the Gilded Age 61
Engineering Baseball: Branch Rickey's Innovative Approach to Baseball Management 81
The Pitch Men: Ty Cobb, Yogi Berra, and Cal Ripken, Jr. 95
Assessing Outcomes of Baseball Labor Negotiations 110
Letting the Gini Out of the Bottle: A Look at Inequality in Major League Baseball Since 1985 122
In the Tradition of Jackie Robinson: Ozzie Virgil and the Integration of the Detroit Tigers 137
Jim Crows of a Feather: A Comparison of the Segregation and Desegregation Eras in Professional Baseball and Football 154
The Social Significance of Sport: Implications for Race and Baseball 169
Blacks in Baseball: Up from Neglect to Center Stage 182
Baseball and Ernest Hemingway 199
The Black Press and the Integration of Baseball: When to Stop the Cheering 216
Portrayals of Racial Minorities in Baseball Films 232
When New York Was the Capital of Baseball: Remembering Bob Cooke and the Herald Tribune 244
Types and Archetypes: The Characters of Baseball 257
The Changing Language of Baseball Writers in Historical Context, 1900-2001 269
On Being Gay in Major League Baseball 287
When Baseball Players Wore Skirts: The Promotion of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League 300
Baseball Heroes and Femme Fatales 315
Baseball and Its Appeal to Older Americans 330
Believing in Baseball: The Religious Power of Our National Pastime 339
Theology and Celebrity: How Celebrity Affects the Practice of Faith in Baseball 357
Index 365
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