Nine

Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring

A Flag Is Flipped and a Nation Flaps; the Politics and Patriotism of the First International World Series
The title of "World Series" has often been scrutinized as being a flagrant misnomer for Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship event. While there is a long history of non-U.S.-born athletes competing in the series, prior to. 1992 the teams...
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"And the Public Has Been Left to Guess the Secret"; Questioning the Authorship of the Great Match, and Other Matches (1877)
The Great Match, and Other Matches, published anonymously in 1877, appears to be the first American novel whose entire plot involves baseball. The book opens with the Dornfield nine celebrating a victory over their Milltown rivals, and it closes with...
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Diamond Quotes
"Baseball fans are among our leading exponents of the art-for-art's-sake school of criticism--to them the art of baseball is a thing in itself and sufficient unto itself." NORMAN MACLEAN "I have never known a day when I didn't learn something...
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Do You Know Me Now: Cultural Reflection and Resistance in Ring Lardner's You Know Me Al
Ring Lardner's novel You Know Me Al (1916) was first published as a series of short stories in the Saturday Evening Post in 1914. Since that time, critics have come to recognize the letters of Jack Keefe as the first instance of literary baseball fiction,...
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Major League Baseball General Managers: An Analysis of Their Responsibilities, Qualifications, and Characteristics
I was not able to understand how it could be right to pay an actor, or a singer, or an instrumentalist for entertaining the public and wrong to pay a ball player for doing exactly the same thing. Albert Spalding The 2008 World Series between...
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Pete Rose and Baseball's Rule 21
There are 4,256 reasons to vote Pete Rose into baseball's Hall of Fame. There is one reason to keep him out. I want to examine that single reason in some detail and from several perspectives, and to argue that Rose should be admitted to the Hall. ...
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Susan MacKay, Registrar, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Sue MacKay lives only a few minutes from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum where, for the past fifteen years, she has been the Registrar of the collections department. With a staff of three, she oversees the organization, maintenance, and...
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The Kid Endures: Personal Reviews, Op-Ed Pieces, and Polemics from outside the Purview of the Umpires
THE KID FROM TOMKINSVILLE In the early and uncertain spring of 1940, John R. Tunis traveled to Clearwater, Florida, to watch the Brooklyn Dodgers' spring training. Tunis was then fifty years old, eking out a precarious living as a freelance writer....
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The Making of a Fan
When I was eight years old my grandfather somehow arranged for me to meet Brooks Robinson. To this day, I don't know exactly how he did it. At the time, Robinson was the Orioles' gold-gloved third baseman, the pride of Baltimore. I was a skinny kid...
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The Quality of Home Runs: The Passion, Politics, and Language of Cuban Baseball
Thomas F. Carter. The Quality of Home Runs: The Passion, Politics, and Language of Cuban Baseball. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008. 239 pp. Cloth, $22.95. When people think of Cuba, they naturally consider its ongoing fifty-year communist...
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What Ever Happened to Baseball History? Keynote Speech to the Sixteenth Annual Nine Spring Training Conference, March 14, 2009
Each baseball season brings new anniversaries and milestones, but events of this nature are only made meaningful by a shared reverence for the game's past. It's a history that is being constantly made and remade, while announcers and color commentators...
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Winning Indians and Other Contradictions; the Morris Indian School Baseball Team, 1898-1908
In turn-of-the-century Morris, Minnesota, newspaper headlines heralded the inevitable disappearance of American Indians. "Famous Indian Reservation to be Opened" proclaimed a 1904 Morris Times, tantalizing prospective emigrants with news that the "Red...
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