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Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall

Baseball and Television Origins: The Case of the Cubs
The purpose of this paper is to continue our analysis of the long and often troubled relationship between television and Major League Baseball (MLB). Central to our analysis will be MLB's economic problems, including the revenue disparity among teams...
Baseball during World War II: The Reaction and Encouragement of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Others
I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt THE ROLE OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT In the famous "green light letter,"...
Baseball Dynasties: Top and Bottom
TRUE DYNASTIES VERSUS LONG REIGNS Baseball dynasties are a subject inadequately explored and imperfectly understood. For one thing, students of the game usually focus on supposed dynasties at the top of the standings--the Yankees of the mid--twentieth...
Baseball When It Was a Game. (Film Review)
George Roy, Steven Stern, and David Harmon. Baseball When It Was a Game. New York: Black Canyon Productions in association with HBO Sports. 1992 and 2000. Editor, George Roy. This three-part series, which covers 1925 to 1970, is a brightly colored...
From Baseballs to Brassieres: The Use of Baseball in Magazine Advertising, 1890-1960
When we think of advertising, we usually mean advertising on television. Slogans, logos, printed ads, radio promos, and junk mail notwithstanding, it is the ubiquitous TV commercial that stands out as the quintessential form of advertising. With this...
In the Shadow of Greatness. (Triple Play)
I guess it began with a baseball cap. I had been working as an associate producer at ESPN for about two years when, to my pleasant surprise, my superiors decided to throw me a bone, as it were, and send me out to work an occasional game on the road....
Life in Minor League Baseball as a Chicago Cub Recruit-Half a Century Ago
My entry into Minor League Baseball came during the Second World War, just before D-Day 1944. There were only eleven Minor Leagues in operation at that time, including the independent Mexican League. By 1948, the year I left the Cubs organization,...
Mamie "Peanut" Johnson: The Last Female Voice of the Negro Leagues. (Oral History)
You want to know what it's like Being colored? Well, It's like going to bat With two strikes Already called on you Waring Cuney, quoted in Harold Seymour, Baseball: The People's Game Jackie Robinson lived those lines ten years...
Roman Mejias: Houston's First Major League Latin Star and the Troubled Legacy of Race Relations in the Lone Star State
During the 1999 baseball season, businessman and owner of the Houston Astros Drayton McLane was involved in a controversy with the Texas Hispanic community. According to Marco Comancho, general manager of KTMD Television and a subsidiary of the Telemundo,...
The American Church of Baseball and the National Baseball Hall of Fame
It has been noted that Americans, residents of the great secular state, are among the most religious people in the world. However, by design, the United States, home of the devout, has no official state religion. There is no Church of America. What,...
The Persistent Color Line: Specific Instances of Racial Preference in Major League Player Evaluation Decisions after 1947. (Articles)
You are in charge of a Major League baseball club. You are the decision maker responsible for determining which players will be included on the active big league roster and which ones will be farmed out. The measure of your success would seem to be...