Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2001

Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2001

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Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2001

This is an anthology of 23 papers that were presented at the Thirteenth Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held June 6–8, 2001, and co-sponsored by the State University of New York at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Featuring keynote remarks from George Plimpton, author of Home Run: The Best Writing About Baseball’s Most Exciting Moment, this Symposium examined such topics as baseball’s myths, legends and tall tales.
These essays, divided into sections titled “Mythic Heroes,” “Media Mythology,” “Myth and Mystery” and “Myths in Progress,” go beyond the quick and easy judgments of the media and offer instead the longer, more informed views of scholars and researchers.

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ISBN-13: 9780786413577
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2002
Series: Cooperstown Symposium Series , #5
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Mythic Heroes
Keynote Address21
How Thomson's Shot Heard Round the World Changed My Life and Made Me a Hero30
The Right Myths at the Right Time: Myth Making and Hero Worship in Post-Frontier American Society--Rube Waddell vs. Christy Mathewson51
Baseball's Ethnic Heroes: Hank Greenberg and Joe DiMaggio66
Searching for Hank Greenberg: Aviva Kempner's Mythic Hero and Our Fathers83
"Your" Bears to "Our" Bears: Race, Memory, and Baseball in Newark, New Jersey103
The House That Ruth Built, and Pop Opened: Negro League Baseball at Yankee Stadium115
Wendell Smith's Last Crusade: The Desegregation of Spring Training123
Part 2Media Mythology
Baseball and Supernatural Intervention: Cinematic Reflections on the Crisis of Confidence in Post-World War II America139
The Actor as Ballplayer, the Ballplayer as Actor156
"The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" and For Love of the Game: The Perfect Game as Mythical Literature167
The Symbiosis Between Baseball and Broadcasting184
The Pitch: Baseball and Advertising in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries203
Baseball Fiction for Youth220
For the Record and Lives That Mattered: American Baseball Autobiographies231
Baseball Haiku: Basho, the Babe, and the Great Japanese-American Trade246
Part 3Myth and Mystery
Baseball and Freemasonry in American Culture263
Claude Hendrix: Scapegoat or the Ninth Man Out?276
Baseball, Transcendence, and the Return to Life291
Part 4Myths in Progress
From Scientific Baseball to Sabermetrics: Professional Baseball as a Reflection of Engineering and Management in Society307
Youth Select Baseball in the Midwest322
Labor Rights and the Restructuring of Major League Baseball, 1969-1992: A Case Study of Franchise Performance and the Myth of Baseball Management336
Establishing Women's Professional Baseball353

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