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The Cambridge Companion to Baseball

The Cambridge Companion to Baseball

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Leonard Cassuto, Stephen Partridge, Steven P. Gietschier, Timothy Morris, David Grant, Samuel O. Regalado, Leslie Heaphy, Matthew Frye Jacobson, Richard Crepeau, David Finoli, George Grella, Al Filreis, David F. Venturo, Masaru Ikei, Arturo J. Marcano, David P. Fidler, David Luban, Daniel Luban, Andrew Zimbalist, Jonathan Lewin, Curt Smith
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521761826

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  • Baseball is much more than a game. As the American national pastime, it has reflected the political and cultural concerns of US society for over 200 years, and generates passions and loyalties unique in American society. This Companion examines baseball in culture, baseball as culture, and the game's global identity. Contributors contrast baseball's massive, big-business present with its romanticized origins and its evolution against the backdrop of American and world history. The chapters cover topics such as baseball in the movies, baseball and mass media, and baseball in Japan and Latin America. Between the chapters are vivid profiles of iconic characters including Babe Ruth, Ichiro and Walter O'Malley. Crucial moments in baseball history are revisited, ranging from the 1919 Black Sox gambling scandal to recent controversies over steroid use. A unique book for fans and scholars alike, this Companion explains the enduring importance of baseball in America and beyond. Read Leonard Cassuto's article 'Baseball and the Business of American Innocence' in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

    • Presents both an historical and cultural view of baseball, providing a wide-ranging perspective on the game and its place in American and international culture, past and present
    • Gives historical perspectives on such controversial topics as the recruitment of players from outside the US, player salaries and the use of performance-enhancing drugs, enabling readers to see the range of subjects considered critical to baseball's future
    • Designed to reflect the richness and variety of baseball scholarship now available, the Companion is perfect as an introduction to baseball as a topic for study, and will also be of interest to any baseball fan
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "It seems like the entire history of baseball is packed into this one book - and without a wasted word. It's tremendously enjoyable - the perfect companion."
    - Jim Bouton, former New York Yankees Pitcher and author of Ball Four.

    "Written for the casual and passionate fan alike, The Cambridge Companion to Baseball acknowledges baseball’s two pasts and lays out a rich cultural, historical and sociological record of the national pastime."
    —Miles Doyle, FCRH ’01, FORDHAM

    "The Cambridge Companion to baseball is more hit than miss, however, and there is something in this book that will satisfy everyone - from the baseball novice to the lifelong student of the game."
    --Canadian Journal of History/Annales

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521761826
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Leonard Cassuto
    Chronology Stephen Partridge
    1. The rules of baseball Steven P. Gietschier
    2. Baseball in literature, baseball as literature Timothy Morris and Stephen Partridge
    3. Babe Ruth, sabermetrics, and baseball's politics of greatness Leonard Cassuto and David Grant
    Interchapter: Babe Ruth Leonard Cassuto
    4. Not the major leagues: Japanese- and Mexican-Americans and the national pastime Samuel O. Regalado
    5. Baseball and the color line: from the Negro Leagues to Major League Baseball Leslie Heaphy
    Interchapter: Jackie Robinson and Curt Flood Matthew Frye Jacobson
    6. Baseball and war Richard Crepeau
    7. Baseball and the American city David Finoli
    Interchapter: Walter O'Malley Leonard Cassuto
    8. Baseball at the movies George Grella
    9. The baseball fan Al Filreis
    10. Baseball and material culture David F. Venturo
    Interchapter: the Honus Wagner T-206 baseball card David F. Venturo
    11. Global baseball: Japan and East Asia Masaru Ikei
    Interchapter: Roberto Clemente and Ichiro Leonard Cassuto
    12. Global baseball: Latin America Arturo J. Marcano and David P. Fidler
    13. Cheating in baseball David Luban and Daniel Luban
    Interchapter: Pete Rose Leonard Cassuto
    14. The evolution of baseball's economy Andrew Zimbalist
    Interchapter: Andy Messersmith, Charlie Finley, and George Steinbrenner Jonathan Lewin
    15. Baseball and the mass media Curt Smith
    A guide to further reading.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • "The American Game"
    • Baseball as a Road to God
    • Baseball in American History and Culture
    • Baseball in American Literature
    • Composition ll--Theme: Sports in America
    • Historic Baseball
    • Honors Composition ll
    • Modern Literature
    • Reading Athletics: An Intro to Literature
    • Sport in American Society
    • Sports and American Literature
    • Topics in Popular Culture: Baseball and American Culture
  • Editors

    Leonard Cassuto, Fordham University, New York
    Leonard Cassuto is Professor of English at Fordham University.

    Stephen Partridge, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Stephen Partridge is Assistant Professor of English at the University of British Columbia.


    Leonard Cassuto, Stephen Partridge, Steven P. Gietschier, Timothy Morris, David Grant, Samuel O. Regalado, Leslie Heaphy, Matthew Frye Jacobson, Richard Crepeau, David Finoli, George Grella, Al Filreis, David F. Venturo, Masaru Ikei, Arturo J. Marcano, David P. Fidler, David Luban, Daniel Luban, Andrew Zimbalist, Jonathan Lewin, Curt Smith

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