Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2003-2004

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This is an anthology of 17 of the finest essays presented in 2003 and 2004 at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, the longest running and most famous conference of its kind.

The first of five sections, "Gender: Feminism and Masculinity on and off the Diamond", examines the relationship between baseball and gender, and includes a unique autobiographical account from former major league player Dan Ardell. "African Americans and the Game" studies Reconstruction- era baseball, the African America press's attitude toward the Negro Leagues, and the declining appeal of baseball for the African American community. "Other Minorities: Beyond Baseball's Melting Pot" expands on the discussion of baseball and ethnicity. "Baseball Media: Literature, Journalism, and Audiovisual Reproduction" examines baseball from the perspective of the media and popular arts. "The Business of Baseball" offers five essays on topics ranging from the foundation of the Yankee dynasty to the impact of market size on competition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786421961
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/11/2005
  • Series: Cooperstown Symposium Series , #7
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Preface 1
Introduction 5
Pt. I Gender : feminism and masculinity on and off the diamond
A cup of coffee in the show : my seven games in the Majors 17
Cuba Libre versus women's lib : a comparison of the feminine side of baseball in Cuba and in the United States 27
Defending masculinity : brawling and the unwritten rules of Major League Baseball 38
Pt. II African Americans and the game
Bases loaded : race, reconstruction, and baseball in Washington, D.C., 1865-1876 51
"Between memory and history" : black sportswriters and the (re)construction of Negro League Baseball 68
Down in the dugout : why baseball is no longer the national pastime for Blacks 80
Pt. III Other minorities : beyond baseball's melting pot
Who is a Jewish baseball player? 95
Constructing the Cuban pipeline : Papa Joe Cambria brings the Cubans to Willliamsport, Pennsylvania, 1944 to 1945 107
The Chinese Wall and Murakami, too : the baseball establishment and post-World War II perceptions of the Asian other 123
Pt. IV Baseball media : literature, journalism, and audiovisual reproduction
Imagining the action : audiovisual baseball game reproductions in Richmond, Virginia, 1895-1935 141
Joe McCarthy and the Fourth Estate : a window onto baseball and media relations in the mid-twentieth century 156
Playing catch inverted : August Wilson's Fences and other departures from baseball's culture stereotypes 182
Pt. V The business of baseball
Yankees profits and promise : the purchase of Babe Ruth and the building of Yankee Stadium 197
Evolution of the Sunday doubleheader and its role in elevating the popularity of baseball 215
The Kansas City Royals' Baseball Academy : expanding the science and pedagogy of baseball 227
The cost of competitiveness in Major League Baseball 242
The elements of Major League contraction 256
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