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Creating the National Pastime Baseball Transforms Itself, 1903-1953

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ISBN-10: 0691058857

ISBN-13: 9780691058856

Edition: 1996

Authors: G. Edward White

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/22/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
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
Notes
Index