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Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2003-2004
     

Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2003-2004

by William M. Simons
 

ISBN-10: 0786421967

ISBN-13: 9780786421961

Pub. Date: 05/11/2005

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

This is an anthology of 17 papers, eight presented at the Fifteenth Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture in June 2003 and nine presented at the Sixteenth in June 2004. Selected from over 60 papers delivered at both symposia, the essays represent the finest scholarship from two conferences.
The essays are divided into five sections.

Overview

This is an anthology of 17 papers, eight presented at the Fifteenth Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture in June 2003 and nine presented at the Sixteenth in June 2004. Selected from over 60 papers delivered at both symposia, the essays represent the finest scholarship from two conferences.
The essays are divided into five sections. “Gender: Feminism and Masculinity on and off the Diamond” examines the relationship between baseball and gender, and includes a discussion of the rituals of brawling and a unique autobiographical account from former major league player Dan Ardell. “African Americans and the Game” studies Reconstruction-era baseball, the African American press’s attitude toward the Negro Leagues, and the declining appeal of baseball for the African American community. “Other Minorities: Beyond Baseball’s Melting Pot” expands on the discussion of baseball and ethnicity. “Baseball Media: Literature, Journalism, and Audiovisual Reproduction” examines baseball from the perspective of the media and popular arts and considers baseball's cultural stereotypes in film, drama, and literature. “The Business of Baseball” offers five essays on topics ranging from the foundation of the Yankees dynasty to the impact of market size on competition in the modern major leagues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786421961
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/11/2005
Series:
Cooperstown Symposium Series , #7
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface 1

Introduction 5

PART I: GENDER: FEMINISM AND MASCULINITY ON AND OFF THE DIAMOND

A Cup of Coffee in the Show: My Seven Games in the Majors 17

Cuba Libre Versus Women’s Lib: A Comparison of the Feminine Side of Baseball in Cuba and in the United States 27

Defending Masculinity: Brawling and the Unwritten Rules of Major League Baseball 38

PART II: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE GAME

Bases Loaded: Race, Reconstruction, and Baseball in Washington, DC (1865–1876) 51

“Between Memory and History”: Black Sportswriters and the (Re)construction of Negro League Baseball 68

Down in the Dugout: Why Baseball Is No Longer the National Pastime for Blacks 80

PART III: OTHER MINORITIES: BEYOND BASEBALL'S MELTING POT

Who Is a Jewish Baseball Player? 95

Constructing the Cuban Pipeline: Papa Joe Cambria Brings the Cubans to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, (1944–1945) 107

The Chinese Wall and Murakami, Too: The Baseball Establishment and Post-World War II Perceptions of the Asian Other 123

PART IV: BASEBALL MEDIA: LITERATURE, JOURNALISM, AND AUDIOVISUAL REPRODUCTION

Imagining the Action: Audiovisual Baseball Game Reproductions in Richmond, Virginia (1895–1935) 141

Joe McCarthy and the Fourth Estate: A Window onto Baseball and Media Relations in the Mid-Twentieth Century 156

Playing Catch Inverted: August Wilson's Fences and Other Departures from Baseball's Cultural Stereotypes 182

PART V: THE BUSINESS OF BASEBALL

Yankees Profits and Promise: The Purchase of Babe Ruth and the Building of Yankee Stadium 197

Evolution of the Sunday Doubleheader and Its Role in Elevating the Popularity of Baseball 215

The Kansas City Royals’ Baseball Academy: Expanding the Science and Pedagogy of Baseball 227

The Cost of Competitiveness in Major League Baseball 242

The Elements of Major League Contraction 256

Index 267

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