Baseball in America and America in Baseball

Baseball in America and America in Baseball

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Texas A&M University Press


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Baseball in America and America in Baseball

Presenting views from a variety of sport and history experts, Baseball in America and America in Baseball captures the breadth and unsuspected variety of our national fascination and identification with America’s Game.

Chapters cover such well-known figures as Ty Cobb and lesser-known topics like the “invisible” baseball played by Japanese Americans during the 1930s and 1940s. A study of baseball in rural California from the Gold Rush to the turn of the twentieth century provides an interesting glimpse at how the game evolved from its earliest beginnings to something most modern observers would find familiar. Chapters on the Negro League’s Baltimore Black Sox, financial profits of major league teams from 1900 to 1956, and American aspirations to a baseball-led cultural hegemony during the first half of the twentieth century round out this superb collection of sport history scholarship.

Baseball in America and America in Baseball belongs on the bookshelf of any avid student of the game and its history. It also provides interesting glimpses into the sociology of sport in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603440233
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 03/04/2008
Series: Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press , #38
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

DONALD G. KYLE is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington. His special research emphasis is sport history.ROBERT B. FAIRBANKS is chair of the Department of History at the University of Texas at Arlington and specializes in urban history studies.

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction   Richard Crepeau     1
"Our Players Are Mostly Farmers": Baseball in Rural California, 1850 to 1890   David Vaught     8
"Invisible Baseball": Japanese Americans and Their Game in the 1930s   Samuel O. Regalado     32
Chasing Shadows: The Baltimore Black Sox and the Perils of History   Daniel A. Nathan     52
The Profits of Major League Baseball, 1900 to 1956   Steven A. Riess     88
Mapping an Empire of Baseball: American Visions of National Pastimes and Global Influence, 1919 to 1941   Mark Dyreson     143
"Matters Involving Honor": Region, Race, and Rank in the Violent Life of Tyrus Raymond Cobb   Benjamin G. Rader     189
About the Contributors     223

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