The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2005–2006

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About the Book

This anthology gathers selected papers from the 2006 and 2007 meetings of the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, the long-running academic conference held annually at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Essays in the first of the volume’s six sections, “The African American Experience,” examine Negro League playing styles as cultural expression, media coverage of Curt Flood’s battle against MLB, and autobiographical accounts by Flood and Jackie Robinson that recall slave-narrative tradition. In “The Women’s Game” the legacy of Title IX is explored, along with gender constructions at the time of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Teams and their towns are the focus of “Baseball and Community”; essays deal with Dodgertown and Vero Beach, baseball and advertising in Brooklyn, and the baseball identity of a mining town in New Mexico. In “Baseball Ideology” the game’s films, wartime rhetoric, and the approaches to its ethnic history are investigated. Essays in “Biography: Baseball Lives” relate the true stories of a Depression-era felon treated to a World Series game at Wrigley and the post–Katrina struggles of pitching great Mel Parnell. Finally, in “The Business of Baseball,” essayists gauge the effects of the recent steroids scandal, three decades of free agency, and MLB’s new global perspective.

About the Author(s)

William M. Simons is professor of history at the State University of New York–Oneonta.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by William M. Simons
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 299
Bibliographic Info: tables, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3212-7
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Cooperstown Symposium Series

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Preface      1
Introduction      3

PART I. THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
PART II. THE WOMEN’S GAME
PART III. BASEBALL AND COMMUNITY
PART IV. BASEBALL IDEOLOGY: CINEMATIC, MARTIAL, AND ETHNIC SYMBOLISM
PART V. BIOGRAPHY: BASEBALL LIVES
PART VI: THE BUSINESS OF BASEBALL

Index      285

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Well researched…a fine contribution”—Journal of Sport History.