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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 2, Spring

"A World without Grays": Innocence and Experience in Eric Rolfe Greenberg's the Celebrant. (Triple Play)
In a recent interview Eric Rolfe Greenberg, author of The Celebrant (1983), remarked that for many Americans the 1919 World Series heralded "the end of American innocence." (1) A memorable scene from The Great Gatsby echoes this sentiment. After Gatsby...
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Back Where I Belong. (Tales from the Dugout)
The Washington Senators won their first pennant in 1924, edging the New York Yankees by only 2 games. Led by pitching great Walter Johnson, they went on to beat the New York Giants in the World Series. They won that Series in the twelfth inning of...
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Baseball and Borders: The Diffusion of Baseball into Mexican and Canadian-American Borderland Regions, 1885-1911. (Articles)
In the last quarter of the nineteenth century the John A. Macdonald government in Canada and the regime of Porfirio Diaz in Mexico followed similar development strategies. Both countries encouraged domestic industry, made substantial investments in...
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Baseball in the Natural History Museum. (Exhibits)
On the third floor of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, just down the hall from the African mammals, is the new traveling exhibition Baseball As America. In museum parlance the "big idea" for the exhibit is the intimate relationship...
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Baseball on Television: The Formative Years, 1939-51. (Articles)
The influence of television on Major League baseball has been well established. In 1999 Baseball Weekly listed television as the most important change in the game during the twentieth century, second only to Jackie Robinson's breaking the color barrier....
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Baseball's Contraction Pains. (Articles)
On November 6, 2001, owners of Major League baseball teams voted 28-2 in favor of eliminating two teams by the start of the 2002 season. The vote generated a welter of controversy, nearly all in opposition to the plan. Although legal roadblocks quashed...
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Chicago Cubs Destiny-World Series Victory. (Tales from the Dugout)
The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series again. This is not the speculation of a fan, for, as we all know, fans will speculate about everything and anything when it comes to baseball. Actually, so will the players, owners, and sportscasters. More...
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Cobb as Role Model: Ty Cobb in Juvenile Periodical Literature: 1907-29. (Articles)
Ty Cobb's image is pretty well set now in the minds of most fans and baseball writers alike. Despite efforts at rehabilitation, such as Richard Bak's recent biography, Ty Cobb: His Tumultuous Life and Times, the usual depiction of Cobb fits more closely...
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"I Guess I Forgot to Duck": On-Field Player Fatalities in the Minor Leagues. (Articles)
On August 18, 1920--a day after the death of Cleveland second baseman Ray Chapman at the hands of Yankees pitcher Carl Mays--the New York Tribune had this to say about the dangers of baseball: The extreme rarity of fatal or even of serious accidents...
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Loyalty Is Probably What It Used to Be. (Articles)
For some time now, modern (post-1975) Major League baseball players have labored under the stigma of being viewed as disloyal to their teams. Players, so goes the argument, have callously abandoned their ties to the teams and cities that gave them...
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The Broncos of Buckshaw: A Reminiscence. (Tales from the Dugout)
It's 2:30 on a weekday afternoon in the early spring of 1971. I can't take my eyes off the institutional IBM clock that dominates the wall of my seventh-grade classroom. I have no comprehension of what the teacher is saying; her lips move and sounds...
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The Korean War and Baseball: A Date with Destiny? (Triple Play)
On June 25, 1950, the army of the Communist-dominated Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) invaded the Republic of Korea (South Korea). (1) At the time there were only 2,000 American and United Nations (UN) personnel in South Korea serving...
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The Ridiculous and the Sublime: A Decade of Commenting on Baseball; Keynote Speech to the Ninth Annual Nine Spring Training Conference, March 16, 2002. (Articles)
Over ten years ago, when I backed into the chairmanship of the History Department at the University of Central Florida, I decided I would do something to maintain my sanity by forcing myself to continue to think and write about sport. I knew that the...
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The Use of Psychology in Professional Baseball: The Pioneering Work of David F. Tracy. (Articles)
Recently the psychological aspects of baseball have begun to receive much attention from those involved in preparing professional baseball players. One reason for the increased interest in psychology is that the game's mental aspects are often considered...
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