Diamonds in the Dark: America, Baseball, and the Movies

Overview

Within the pages of this unique book, Howard Good examines Hollywood's love affair with baseball, providing information on hundreds of films. He also discusses the evolution of the baseball genre, the symbolic use of baseball paraphernalia in films, the various settings in which baseball has been played in films, and the significance of those settings. Good analyzes the biographical films of the great ballplayers; the use of stock baseball characters like the rookie pitcher and the corrupt team owner; and major ...

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Overview

Within the pages of this unique book, Howard Good examines Hollywood's love affair with baseball, providing information on hundreds of films. He also discusses the evolution of the baseball genre, the symbolic use of baseball paraphernalia in films, the various settings in which baseball has been played in films, and the significance of those settings. Good analyzes the biographical films of the great ballplayers; the use of stock baseball characters like the rookie pitcher and the corrupt team owner; and major themes on the human condition. A true treasure for anyone who looks forward to spring not because it brings the birds and flowers, but because it brings the beginning of another baseball season.

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Sports Collectors Digest
Examines Hollywood's love affair with baseball, providing information on hundreds of films ranging from the well-known to the obscure.
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Examines Hollywood's love affair with baseball, providing information on hundreds of films ranging from the well-known to the obscure. Offers insight into the many ways in which baseball has been featured in American films since the early 1900s. Discusses the evolution of the baseball genre, the symbolic use of baseball paraphernalia in films, and the various settings in which baseball has been played in films and the significance of those settings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810830479
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Good, Ph.D. is Professor of Journalism in the Communication and Media Department at State University of New York at New Paltz. He is author of Outcasts: The Image of the Journalist in Contemporary Film (Scarecrow 1989) and The Journalist as Autobiographer (Scarecrow, 1993).

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Old Ball Game: An Introduction 1
2 Tools of the Trade: Bats, Balls, and Gloves in Films of the Eighties 19
3 Diamonds Are Forever: The Ballpark as Symbolic Space 39
4 The Heart of the Order: The Success Myth in Baseball Biopics 53
5 Seventh-Inning Stretch: Baseball Musicals 81
6 The Strike Zone: Pitchers and Catchers 93
7 Looking for Mr. Baseball: Owners and Managers 111
8 Bronx Cheer: Sportswriters, Broadcasters, and Fans 123
9 Left on the Bench: Minorities, Women, and Children 139
10 Extra Innings: Afterthoughts 171
Selected Bibliography 175
Index 181
About the Author 187
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