The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2011-2012

The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2011-2012

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The 2011-2012 volume in the Cooperstown Symposium series is a collection of new scholarly essays that use baseball to examine topics whose import extends beyond the ballpark. The essays represent 16 of the leading presentations from the two most recent proceedings of the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held on June 1-4, 2011, and May 30-June 1, 2012. The essays are divided into six parts. "Baseball History, Myth, and the American Past" considers the distinction between reality and remembrance. "Decade of Transition: The 1960s in Baseball and America" explores a critical passage in the evolution of the nation and the game. "Baseball Economics: Owners, Profits, and the Public" provides perspectives on sports as business. "Out of the Bleachers: Women Umpiring and Playing" links the game to those who participate and care about it despite the expectations of atavistic gender roles. "Casting the Game: Stage and Screen" examines theatrical and cinematic treatments of baseball. Part 6, "Game of Numbers: Statistical Baseball," examines the sport and its artifacts quantitatively.

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Simons (history, State U. of New York-Oneonta) draws together 16 essays presented at the last two proceedings of the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, which took place in June 2011 and May and June 2012. Contributed by baseball scholars from a variety of disciplines, the essays use the sport to examine broader topics: baseball history, myth, and its significance to the American past, including the effects of the 1919 Black Sox crisis on the 1926-1927 season, the 1926 World Series, the scrapbooks of Eleanor Gehrig about her husband's career, and minor league baseball in Oneonta; the 1960s as a decade of transition in the game and the nation; business aspects, with discussion of the financial records of six major league franchises, Yankee Stadium financing, and Jacobs Field in Cleveland; women umpires and players; theatrical and cinematic representations, such as in The Perfect Game, American Pastime, Sugar, Bleacher Bums The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, and Take Me Out; and statistical aspects related to the impact of racial and ethnic characteristics on sports memorabilia purchases and quality starts for pitchers. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2013
ISBN: 9781476602738
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, 245 pages)
Additional Contributors: Simons, William M.


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