Early Professional Baseball and the Sporting Press: Shaping the Image of the Game

Early Professional Baseball and the Sporting Press: Shaping the Image of the Game

by R. Terry Furst

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ISBN-13: 9781476606255
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/04/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

R. Terry Furst is an assistant professor of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) in New York City.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I. Changing Views Toward Man, Recreation, Leisure and Health 9
Muscular Christianity and the Y.M.C.A. 15
Periodicals, Sport Magazines, Newspapers and the
Dissemination of Ideas About Physical Fitness 17
II. The Amateur Ideal in Baseball 23
The Rise of Sportsmanship in England 23
Social Class, Status and Amateurism in England 26
The Amateur Rower in England 27
The Amateur Rower in America 28
The Influence of the English on American Sport 30
III. The Origin of Baseball and the Early Years of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club 34
The Abner Doubleday Myth 41
The North American Indian and the Origin of Baseball 42
The Origin and Structure of the Knicker­bocker Base Ball Club 43
Baseball Clubs Before and After the Knickerbockers 53
The First Convention and the First Association of Baseball Players 56
IV. Positive Press 60
 Well-­Publicized Events in the Early History of Baseball 62
 Recognition and Acclaim of the Skill of Baseball Players and Adoption of the Fly Rule 66
V. The Baseball Public and the Spectacle of Baseball 74
 The Public 75
 The Baseball Consumer 76
 Composition of the Baseball Public 77
 The Baseball Public and the Press 80
 The Baseball Spectacle and Rule Changes 82
 Baseball Strategies 84
 The Appeal of Baseball 85
 The Rowdy Behavior of the Baseball Audience 87
 Club Rivalries 89
VI. The Disreputable Image of Baseball 93
 Professional Athletics of the Early Nineteenth Century 93
 Substitution and Revolving: Disreputable Practices in the Transformation of Baseball 97
 Gambling and Corruption in Baseball 99
 The Championship of Baseball: The Quest for Supremacy 106
 The Impact of the Championship on Baseball 110
 The Moral Image of Baseball 110
 African Americans in Baseball: The Early Years 111
VII. Compensation and Image in Professional Baseball 115
 Precursor of Direct Payment to Players: The “Benefit Match” 115
 Admission Charges and Sharing of Gate Receipts 119
 Sinecures: An Indirect Form of Player Compensation 121
 The Adoption of the Rule Prohibiting Compensation to Players 122
 Some Issues Surrounding Salaries 123
 Player Compensation, ­Socio-­Occupational Background and the Professionalization of Baseball 126
 The Cincinnati Red Stocking Team of 1869–70 129
 Player Compensation and the Image of Professional Baseball 132
 The 1870s: A Time for Decisions in Organized Baseball 134
 Attempts by the Press to Define the Terms Amateur and Professional 136
 The Image of Professional Baseball 139
Chapter Notes 145
Bibliography 161
Index 167

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