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The Resource Creating the national pastime : baseball transforms itself, 1903-1953, G. Edward White

Creating the national pastime : baseball transforms itself, 1903-1953, G. Edward White

Label
Creating the national pastime : baseball transforms itself, 1903-1953
Title
Creating the national pastime
Title remainder
baseball transforms itself, 1903-1953
Statement of responsibility
G. Edward White
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"At a time when many baseball fans wish for the game to return to a purer past, G. Edward White shows how seemingly irrational business decisions, inspired in part by the self-interest of the owners but also by their nostalgia for the game, transformed baseball into the national pastime. Not simply a professional sport, baseball has been treated as a focus of childhood rituals and an emblem of American individuality and fair play throughout much of the twentieth century. It started out, however, as a marginal urban sport associated with drinking and gambling. White describes its progression to an almost mythic status as an idyllic game, popular among people of all ages and classes. He then recounts the owner's efforts, often supported by the legal system, to preserve this image. Baseball grew up in the midst of urban industrialization during the Progressive Era, and the emerging steel and concrete baseball parks encapsulated feelings of neighborliness and associations with the rural leisure of bygone times. According to White, these nostalgic themes, together with personal financial concerns, guided owners toward practices that in retrospect appear unfair to players and detrimental to the progress of the game. Reserve clauses, blacklisting, and limiting franchise territories, for example, were meant to keep a consistent roster of players on a team, build fan loyalty, and maintain the game's local flavor. These practices also violated antitrust laws and significantly restricted the economic power of the players. Owners vigorously fought against innovations, ranging from night games and radio broadcasts to the inclusion of black players. Nonetheless, the image of baseball as a spirited civic endeavor persisted, even in the face of outright corruption, as witnessed in the courts' leniency toward the participants in the Black Sox scandal of 1919. White's story of baseball is intertwined with changes in technology and business in America and with changing attitudes toward race and ethnicity. The time is fast approaching, he concludes, when we must consider whether baseball is still regarded as the national pastime and whether protecting its image is worth the effort."--Jacket
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
White, G. Edward
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Baseball
  • Baseball
  • GAMES
  • SPORTS & RECREATION
  • SPORTS & RECREATION
  • SPORTS & RECREATION
  • SPORTS & RECREATION
  • TRAVEL
  • SPORTS & RECREATION
  • Baseball
  • Baseball
  • United States
  • Honkbal
  • Nationale identiteit
  • Baseball
  • Geschichte
  • Soziologie
  • USA
Label
Creating the national pastime : baseball transforms itself, 1903-1953, G. Edward White
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-354) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The ballparks -- The enterprise, 1903-1923 -- The rise of the commissioner: gambling, the Black Sox, and the creation of baseball heroes -- The Negro leagues -- The coming of night baseball -- Baseball journalists -- Baseball on the radio -- Ethnicity and baseball: Hank Greenberg and Joe DiMaggio -- The enterprise, 1923-1953 -- The decline of the national pastime
Control code
ocn872115180
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 368 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400851362
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt139cm9d
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)872115180
Label
Creating the national pastime : baseball transforms itself, 1903-1953, G. Edward White
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-354) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The ballparks -- The enterprise, 1903-1923 -- The rise of the commissioner: gambling, the Black Sox, and the creation of baseball heroes -- The Negro leagues -- The coming of night baseball -- Baseball journalists -- Baseball on the radio -- Ethnicity and baseball: Hank Greenberg and Joe DiMaggio -- The enterprise, 1923-1953 -- The decline of the national pastime
Control code
ocn872115180
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 368 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400851362
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt139cm9d
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)872115180

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