The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture 1998

Overview

This is an anthology of 20 papers that were presented at the Tenth Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held in June 1998, and co-sponsored by the State University of New York at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Commencing with a perceptive speech by keynote speaker G. Edward White, this Symposium examined such topics as whether a city can support two?not just one?major league team, how television broadcasters and their ball clubs ...

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Overview

This is an anthology of 20 papers that were presented at the Tenth Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held in June 1998, and co-sponsored by the State University of New York at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Commencing with a perceptive speech by keynote speaker G. Edward White, this Symposium examined such topics as whether a city can support two—not just one—major league team, how television broadcasters and their ball clubs interrelate and how masculine dominance in baseball mainly curtailed female advancement in the game and business.

These essays, divided into sections titled "Baseball as a Business," "Baseball and Communication," "Baseball and Racial and Ethnic Perspectives," "Baseball and Gender Matters," "Baseball and Images" and "The 'Other' Leagues of Baseball," cut through the quick and easy judgments of the media and offer instead the longer, more informed view of scholars and researchers.

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The 20 papers represent most of the presentations to the tenth annual gathering. They cover baseball as business, communications, racial and ethnic perspectives, gender matters, images, and the other leagues that once played baseball. Some have been published separately since then. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786409549
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/20/2002
  • Series: Cooperstown Symposium Series , #2
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas L. Altherr is a professor of history at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Alvin L. Hall is director of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
An Overlooked Implication of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption 9
From Kiner to Bunning, from Cannon to Miller, from "Players' Group" to Players' Union 24
Baseball's Changing Salary Structure 44
What Constitutes a Good Baseball Town?: An Analysis of One- and Two-Team Cities, 1946-1996 57
Hired Voices: The Contract Between the Fourth Estate and Baseball 69
The Myth of the "Tools of Ignorance": Why Catchers Make the Best Communicators 78
Baseball and Modern Leadership Theory 91
Lazzeri to DiMaggio to Giamatti: Italian-Americans in Baseball 109
Baseball and the Next Generation of Americans 119
Baseball and Academic Outcomes: A Capstone Course 127
Searching for Sockalexis: Exploring the Myth at the Core of Cleveland's "Indian" Image 138
Eros at the Bat: American Baseball and Sexuality in Historical Context 157
Baseball and the Women's Question: Participation, Gender Stereotypes, and the Consumption Ethic 182
Women in the Stands: Feminist Learning Theories and the Appeal of Baseball 203
Scorecards, Scrapbooks, and Stats: Girls, Women, and the Game of Baseball 210
The Kingdom of Baseball in America: A Chronicle of an American Theology 223
The Melancholy of Baseball 242
Spalding or Spink: Who Wrote the First Standard History of Baseball? 254
Semi-Pro Baseball: Oral Histories from the Depression through World War II 271
The Independent Carolina League 1936-1938: Baseball Outlaws 295
Index 327
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