Stars, Stripes and Diamonds
American Culture and the Baseball Film
About the Book
Since the Progressive Era, baseball has been promoted as an institution encapsulating the best of American values and capable of bridging the chasms of twentieth century American culture—urban versus rural, industry versus agriculture, individual versus community, immigrant versus native, white versus color. Among the more enthusiastic of the game’s proponents have been American filmmakers, and baseball films present perhaps the purest depiction of baseball’s vision of an idealized America.
This critical study treats baseball cinema as a film genre and explores the functions of baseball ideology as it is represented in that genre. It focuses on how Hollywood’s presentation of baseball has served not only to promote dominant values, but also to bridge cultural conflicts. Commentary on 85 films deals with issues of race, community, gambling, players, women, and owners.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
About the Author(s)
Marshall G. Most and Robert Rudd
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
Table of Contents
1. America’s Game 5
2. Baseball on Film: 1898–2005 16
3. The Community of Baseball 62
4. Booze, Broads, and Baseball 78
5. For Love of the Game 100
6. Don’t Bet on It 115
7. I Hate This #*%# Song 128
8. The Back of the Dugout 143
9. Girls Don’t Play Baseball 157
10. The America That Was Meant to Be 174
Works Cited 185
Book Reviews & Awards
“another little gem from McFarland…recommended”—Choice; “Most and Rudd make a valuable contribution to the literature of baseball cinema”—Nine.