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Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 1, Fall

Bad Times but Still Swingin': World Series Coverage before and during the Depression
The Great Depression was a time of severe social and economic upheaval for the United States. The hardships precipitated by the stock market crash and subsequent bank and business closings resulted in widespread unemployment, disillusionment, and turmoil....
Ballpark Village or Urban Wasteland: Rhetorical Invention, Civic Ego, and the St. Louis Cardinals' Controversial New Home
OUT WITH THE NEW, IN WITH THE OLD Tickled by the charm and success of Camden Yards in 1992, Major League baseball clubs have spent the last decade demolishing their old, "modern" stadiums and constructing new, "old-fashioned" ballparks for their...
Baseball's Antitrust Exemption: Why It Still Matters
Major League Baseball has enjoyed a presumed, blanket exemption from the nation's antitrust laws since 1922. The other team sports have no such protection, and baseball's reserve clause has been in history's dustbin since 1976. (1) Does the exemption...
Comprehending the Narrative Power of the "Curse of the Bambino"
When the 2003 Red Sox returned from a successful 6-4 road trip for their home opener, the faithful at sold-out Fenway promptly showered the bullpen with boos as a critique of their performance to date. (1) After the Red Sox lost their 1988 opener,...
Diamond Quotes
"If you are going to have a fight with a visiting club, be sure to insult them the day they come to town, and not the last day of the series. It pays off better." BILL VEECK "Umpire's Heaven is a place where he works third base every game. Home is where...
Did Televised Baseball Kill the "Golden Age" of the Minor Leagues? A Reassessment
For social critics, television is a large, brightly colored target. In the last fifty years the medium has been accused of many social maladies. Critics and many researchers say that television reduces attention span and political participation while...
Divine Wrath: The Goat and the Bambino
In Greek mythology the god Pan was a half goat---half god creature noted for his simplicity and love of riot. One can only wonder if some descendant of Pan, a half goat--half man wearing a Cubs cap and earphones to cover those ears, was in the stands...
Insensitive
"The nerve of them!" she screamed. My mother pushed her tiny frame up against the kitchen sink, as she craned her neck up toward the window to spy on our neighbors. From her tone one might think the neighbors were actually conducting their salacious...
Jackie Robinson: My Journey of Appreciation
Approximately 120 years after the great Franz Schubert, composer of the imperishable "Unfinished" symphony, was born on a January 31st, Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn's immortal number 42, was born in 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Quite a combo, or quinella--as...
Reciprocal Grandeur: Babe Ruth and Yankee Stadium
Joe Louis, Pope Paul VI, Robert Merrill, Y. A. Tittle, Billy Graham, Marianne Moore, Johnny Unitas, Josh Gibson, Jackie Gleason, Pele, and Muhammad Ali, not to mention Yankee superstars Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Stengel, Rizzuto, Berra, Jackson, Mattingly,...
Roy Deal: Hobby Coach of Thirteen Major Leaguers
The man referred to as "Mr. Baseball" in Oklahoma is not, as you might guess, a native son Hall of Famer who grew up playing baseball in the state, such as Mickey Mantle, Carl Hubbell, Dizzy Dean, Johnny Bench, or the Waner brothers. In the golden...
Streaking into History: The 1987 Salt Lake Trappers
From August 13 to September 6, 2002, the Oakland A's captured the attention of fans and the media by reeling off 20 consecutive victories, the longest winning streak in American League annals and the fourth longest in Major League history. (1) Jim...
The Curse of the Bambino
The Curse of the Bambino offers as plausible the kind of supernatural speculation that most people would reject immediately. However, upon further review of the situation as presented in the video, which is indebted to Dan Shaughnessy's 1990 book with...
The Defection of a Yankee Fan
I grew up an avid Yankee fan--in San Francisco. My parents were New Yorkers, and the Giants hadn't yet moved to the West Coast. When I was in sixth grade my father took me out of school to travel back East to watch the '56 World Series at Yankee Stadium....
Uncovering the Fix of the 1919 World Series: The Role of Hugh Fullerton
I have never interviewed someone about his or her grandfather before. But that's where I found myself, not long after stepping onto the trail that leads back into the shadowy events of the 1919 World Series, the "Big Fix," its cover-up, and then its...