More Than a Pastime: An Oral History of Baseball Fans

More Than a Pastime: An Oral History of Baseball Fans

by William Freedman


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ISBN-13: 9780786493814
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

William Freedman, professor emeritus of English literature at the University of Haifa, currently teaches part time and serves on the board of governors of The Sakhnin College for Teacher Education in Sakhnin, Israel. He has published numerous books and essays of literary criticism and three books of poetry.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction: Saving the Game That Saved Them 3

I Moral Landscape, Mentor, Proof 37

The Moral Force of Victory: The Yankees on the Side of the Gods Gene W. 41

Society's Rudder and Keel Reno B. 46

Affection, Loyalty, Sacrifice: "I Followed My Friends to the Giants" Peter A. 52

Being Human in the Clutch: The Guys Who Came Through When You Needed Them "Dutch" D. 55

Something I Cared About, Something to Defend Erik B. 59

"Go and Talk to the Kids: It Had a Lot of Meaning" Dan J. 63

II Striving for Excellence and Perfection 69

Greatness Up for Grabs Paul K. 72

Tragedy and Triumph: Upfront Depot Street Walter S. 76

Baseball and Christianity: Going All Out for that Great Reward Give C. 82

III Empowerment

"Taking Risks and Chances-The Way the Dodgers Did" Mel P. 90

"Part of this Masculine Thing" Carol T. 94

Status in the Neighborhood Michael K. 99

Showing Them You Have It in You Brandon M. 102

Enfranchised in America: We Are Who We Are Bernie O. 104

IV The Contained Aesthetic Object, the Mirroring Work of Art

Style, Flair, Transcendence: The Gods of Baseball Andy C. 113

From Wonder to Completion Sanford F. 117

Baseball as Poem: The Self-Sufficient Mirror John S. 122

V Not Just Fathers and Sons 127

Learning What the World Was Supposed to be Like Rebecca A. 130

"An Intimacy Between Me and My Father …A Secret Society" Vivian L. 135

"My Way of Remembering" Tom Z. 141

VI A Sense of Belonging 145

"A Social Activity, Something to Do with Other People" Abby L. 148

At Home in Yankee Stadium Pat Sue J. 151

"The Tie That Binds" Sanford S. 158

Paradise, the Bronx Bennett K. 162

A Part of History Joe N. 168

VII Identification 172

A Member of the Team: The Warming Brotherhood of Baseball Elliott S. 178

Catcher in the Rye Tim C. 180

Even Mr, Replay Can't Go Home Again John D. 183

"I Talk to the Players, I Talk to the Television": A Kind of Obsession Eric K. 186

Dominance from Within Charles S. 189

Yankee Goyim, Dodger Jews: "You Need to Know Who You Belong With" Herb P. 194

VIII Formation of Identity and Character 198

Identity through Difference and Continuity Chris H. 200

"You Sit Down and Think What Its Lessons Are": Becoming a Better Person Fred C. 203

"Yeah, but It Was Not a Piece of Cake": A School for Stoics George P. 206

Quirkiness in Action: Playing Life the Way It Should Be Played Carl T. 211

IX Rescue, Fun, and All the Rest: A Concluding Miscellany 216

They Kept Me from Going Under Carl P. 218

"Something in This Life That's Just for Fun Kathy D. Cindy D. Valerie A. 222

One of Fate's Threads Lila C. 227

Epilogue 233

Bibliography 243

Index 249

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