Stolen Bases Why American Girls Don't Play Baseball

ISBN-10: 0252032829
ISBN-13: 9780252032820
Edition: 2009
Authors: Jennifer Ring
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Description: Far from being strictly a men's sport, baseball has long been enjoyed and played by Americans of all genders, races, and classes since it became popular in the 1830s. The game itself was invented by English girls and boys, and when it immigrated to  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 3/3/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Far from being strictly a men's sport, baseball has long been enjoyed and played by Americans of all genders, races, and classes since it became popular in the 1830s. The game itself was invented by English girls and boys, and when it immigrated to the United States, numerous prominent women's colleges formed intramural teams and fielded intensely spirited and powerful players.Jennifer Ring questions the forces that have kept girls who want to play baseball away from the game. With the professionalization of the sport in the early twentieth century, Albert Goodwill Spalding--sporting goods magnate, baseball player, and promoter--declared baseball off limits for women and envisioned global baseball as a colonialist example to teach non-white men to become civilized and rational. And by the late twentieth century, baseball had become serious business at all levels, with female players perceived as obstacles to rising male players' stakes of success.Stolen Basesalso looks at American softball, which was originally invented by men who wanted to keep playing baseball indoors during cold winter months but has become the consolation sport for most female players. Throughout her analysis, Ring searches for ways to rescue baseball from its arrogance and exclusionary entitlement and to restore the great American sport's more optimistic nickname: the people's game.

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Entitlement and Its Absence
Introduction: A Quick and Dirty History of Baseball
The Girls' Game
A. G. Spalding and America's Needs
Enter Softball
How Baseball Became Manly and White
American Womanhood and Athletics
Cricket
Stolen Bases
Collegiate Women's Baseball
The Invisibility of Bias
Epilogue: What Does Equality Look Like?
Notes
Index

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