Sports Immmortals

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The Sports Immortals is the first study to systematically apply the classic theories of psychology and anthropology to sport to present a model of the ways in which we create mythical figures out of actual individuals. Peter Williams begins with the theories of thinkers like Jung, Frazer, and Otto Rank and then shows their application, first to sport itself, then, more specifically, to American sport, and particularly to baseball. The result is a clear illustration of the way in which we insist on making ...

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Overview

The Sports Immortals is the first study to systematically apply the classic theories of psychology and anthropology to sport to present a model of the ways in which we create mythical figures out of actual individuals. Peter Williams begins with the theories of thinkers like Jung, Frazer, and Otto Rank and then shows their application, first to sport itself, then, more specifically, to American sport, and particularly to baseball. The result is a clear illustration of the way in which we insist on making archetypes out of our heroes, and how this process is the same today as it was in ancient Athens and before.

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Explores the psychology of hero-worship in sports, covering the period from the late 19th century to the present. Offers an overview of the classic theorists, and demonstrates how the public creates heroes and villains in the same way the Greeks created archetypal deities. Topics include the archetypes of human myth, localized sports archetypes, origins of the baseball myth, the archetypes of baseball, and the sports press. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879726706
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Sports and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Pt. 1 The Theoretical Foundation
Introduction: Psychologists and Other Social Scientists 5
Ch. 1 The Archetypes of Human Myth 15
Ch. 2 Localized Archetypes 31
Pt. 2 The Application of Theory to Sport
Ch. 3 The Archetypes of Sport 39
Ch. 4 Localized Sports Archetypes 57
Pt. 3 The Application of Theory to Baseball
Ch. 5 Disclaimer 65
Ch. 6 Origins of the Baseball Myth 67
Ch. 7 The Archetypes of Baseball 71
Ch. 8 Dionysus and Apollo: The Two Great Gods, Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson 79
Ch. 9 Apollo and Dionysus: Divisions 87
Ch. 10 Apollo and Dionysus: Variants 95
Ch. 11 Localized Baseball Archetypes 101
Pt. 4 Lesser Sports and Chroniclers
Ch. 12 Lesser Sports 115
Ch. 13 The Press 139
Summary Outlines 141
Epilogue: Baseball and the Fans 147
Appendix: When the Archetypal Mask Slips 153
Works Consulted and Cited 157
Index 163
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