Baseball in America and America in Baseball

978-1-60344-023-3 Cloth
6 x 9. 252 pp. 9 b&w photos., 2 maps., 16 tables.
Pub Date: 03/18/2008
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 2009 McFarland Society for American Baseball Research Award, presented by the Society for American Baseball Research. Awarded to David Vaught.
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.

Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press

Published by Texas A&M University Press