Baseball/Literature/Culture

Essays, 2008–2009

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About the Book

The Conference on Baseball in Literature and American Culture has consistently produced a strong body of scholarship since its inception in 1995. Essays presented at the 2008 and 2009 conferences are published in the present work.
Topics covered include religion; class and racial dichotomies in the literature of cricket and baseball; re-reading The Natural in the 21st century; the feminist movement; Don DeLillo’s Game 6; baseball in Seinfeld; Robert B. Parker; Harry Stein’s Hoopla; Negro league owner Tom Wilson’s impact on Nashville; Major League Baseball’s postwar boom; and overwrought baseball editorials, among others.

About the Author(s)

Ronald E. Kates is an associate professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University.
Warren Tormey is an assistant professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. They are co-chairs (along with Crosby Hunt) of the Conference on Baseball in Literature and American Culture.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Ronald E. Kates and Warren Tormey
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 243
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3681-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5673-4
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Baseball in Literature and American Culture Conference Series

Table of Contents

Foreword by John N. McDaniel      1

Preface: Working the Count: Continuing Diversity in Baseball Studies

RONALD E. KATES AND WARREN TORMEY      3

I. BASEBALL IN SCHOLARLY AND SPIRITUAL CONTEXTS

Baseball Studies: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?

PETER CARINO      9

Proselytizing Pastime: Appropriating Jesus at Coors Field

ANDREW HAZUCHA      21

“Blasphemous Youths” and Sunday Baseball: A Cincinnati Tale from 1885

KEVIN GRACE      29

II. BASEBALL IN CULTURAL AND LITERARY CONTEXTS

What’s “Not Cricket” Ain’t Necessarily Baseball Either: Class and Racial Dichotomies in the Literature of Cricket and Baseball

JEREMY LARANCE      38

“Minds of Fleetful Thoughts”: Rube Foster, Dave Malarcher, and the Intellectual Project of Negro League Baseball

DANIEL ANDERSON      50

Staging a Feminist Movement in Baseball: Rida Johnson Young’s The Girl and the Pennant

TRAVIS STERN      64

Baseball at the D.C. Diamond: October 3, 1951—The Day the Earth Stood Still

STEVE ANDREWS      72

Re-Reading The Natural in the 21st Century

REBEKAH BILLINGS      89

“An Offense Against Memory”: The Buckner Moment in Don DeLillo’s Game 6

CROSBY HUNT      96

“What the Hell Did You Trade Jay Buhner For?”

Baseball in Seinfeld

AARON W. MILLER      102

Hard-Boiled Baseball: The National Game in the Fiction of Robert B. Parker

GARY LAND      109

Change of a Nation: Boxing, Baseball, and the Birth of a New American Hero as Depicted in Harry Stein’s Hoopla

NICHOLAS X. BUSH      120

Putting the Ball Cap on James Joyce: Beer and Bars, and Echoes of Ulysses in Coover’s Universal Baseball Association

WARREN TORMEY      125

The Inevitable Last Pitch: Lit Fans Bid Rabbit Adieu

PHIL OLIVER      141

III. FICTION

Politics as Usual

TOM WELLS      151

A Wicked Curve

STEVEN L. WALKER      164

IV. BASEBALL IN HISTORICAL AND REFLECTIVE CONTEXTS

The Day the Part-Timers Were Champions: June 13, 1926,

Muzzy Field, Bristol, Connecticut

DOUGLAS S. MALAN      181

The Contributions of Tom Wilson: A Negro League Team Owner’s Impact on the Nashville Community

HARRIET HAMILTON      187

Pumpsie Green: The Last of the Firsts

THOMAS D. VEVE      192

When Every Mudville Joined a League: Minor League Baseball’s Postwar Boom, 1945–1955

ROBERT G. BARRIER      197

How to Write a Great Baseball Story

R DEAN JOHNSON      202

Nothing’s Wrong with Baseball: Overwrought Baseball Editorials and the Most Frequent Complaints

About the Game

SARAH D. BUNTING      209

What Baseball Makes

CARL SCHINASI      216

About the Contributors      223

Index      227

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