Baseball and the Mythic Moment: How We Remember the National Game

Baseball and the Mythic Moment: How We Remember the National Game

by James D. Hardy

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Baseball and the Mythic Moment: How We Remember the National Game by James D. Hardy

While moments come and go, and popular trends are created only to be consumed and replaced, a small handful of events are able to transcend place and time to become widely shared cultural touchstones. Baseball, with its longevity, reverence for character and perseverance, and symbolism of American values, has produced a number of these modern myths—people, games and events that transcend society’s love for the ephemeral to attain collective cultural significance. The Babe’s called shot and Ripken’s 2,131st are more than significant moments in baseball. They are culturally relevant events that contribute to an American mythology.
This book examines how certain baseball moments became mythic, and why some moments are culturally persistent while others are limited in importance to the confines of sport. After a discussion of baseball in myth and memory, and the effect of the media on both, chapters draw a distinction between the merely famous (or infamous) and the mythic act, whether it’s physical (Bobby Thomson) or symbolic (Jackie Robinson); matchups, whether individual (Alexander vs. Lazzeri) or team (Red Sox-Yankees 1978 playoff); clubs, both those that achieved (1927 Yankees) and that choked (1964 Phillies); and franchises, including the winners (Yankees) and the losers (Cubs).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786426508
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/12/2007
Pages: 219
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

James D. Hardy, Jr., is a professor of history at Louisiana State University and has written numerous books on baseball. He lives in Baton Rouge.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1



1. Myth and Memory 5



PART I: HERO JOURNEY

2. The Big Hit 25

3. The Perfect Game, or Close Enough 40

4. Glory and Infamy 53



PART II: CENTER STAGE

5. Murderers Row 67

6. Subway Series 83

7. Playoff 101



PART III: WINNERS AND LOSERS

8. America’s Team 127

9. America’s Other Team 145



PART IV: TIME AND MEMORY

10. The Bambino 163

11. Baseball on Television 177



Notes 187

Bibliography 197

Index 203

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