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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 2, Spring

A Case of Cultural Forgetting: Black Newspapers' Presentation of Black Baseball in 1932
When Negro National League officials agreed to close operations for 1932 due to the hard realities of the Great Depression, the usually minor Negro Southern League and the newly-created East-West Colored League became black baseball's "major leagues."...
"A Mirthful Spectacle": Race, Blackface Minstrelsy, and Base Ball, 1874-1888
To sum up the [Blue Stocking vs. Pink Stocking] game in general, it need only be said that, saving the single item of color it was like other well-played games. One peculiarity, however, was noticeable, whether accidental or usual we don't know. It...
Barnstorming, Baseball, and Bluegrass Music
I'd have liked to be a baseball player. I love baseball. But you have to have good eyes to play baseball and my eyes never was good. I could hit good and could've been a good player. Bill Monroe In 1963, sportswriter Furman Bisher recalled that...
Ben Harjo's All-Indian Baseball Club: Personal Reviews, Op-Ed Pieces, and Polemics from outside the Purview of the Umpires
The story of Ben Harjo's All-Indian Baseball Club has never been told. A full-blood Creek, Harjo was born on October 8,1898, in Indian Territory near the city of Holdenville, now within the state of Oklahoma. (1) In his teenage years, Harjo attended...
Diamond Quotes
"You must always have an alibi to show why you lost. If you haven't one, you must fake one. Your self-confidence must be maintained. Always have an alibi. But keep it to yourself. That's where it belongs." CHRISTY MATHEWSON "No game in the world...
Driven: Branding Derek Jeter, Redefining Race
Promoting the opening of the Museum of the City of New York's exhibit, "The Glory Days: New York Baseball, 1947-1957," curator Ann Meyerson noted that for the first time since Jackie Robinson crossed the major league's color line in 1947, not a single...
I'm the King of the World? Barry Bonds and the "Race" for the Record
It was inevitable--though not entirely welcomed--that as long as Barry Bonds remained healthy and pitchers threw pitches in the general vicinity of the strike zone, Bonds would break Hank Aaron's Major League Baseball all-time home run record. There...
Looking Bad on Paper, Worse on Film: Portrayals of Sports Journalists in Three Classic Baseball Films
Where there is baseball, there are sports journalists--a relationship that has evolved as the media and the sport have evolved. In some periods (the 1920s and 1930s, for example), baseball teams and local sports journalists worked together to promote...
Mike Murphy: Equipment Manager, San Francisco Giants
Mike Murphy has worked in the clubhouse and managed baseball equipment for the San Francisco Giants since the team moved west in 1958. Likely the longest reigning employee of any major league organization Murph is immensely popular among past and current...
Rings Born of Impulse: Gift-Exchange Economies in Eric Rolfe Greenberg's the Celebrant
A number of critics of baseball literature place The Celebrant on the short list of the best baseball-themed fiction. Indeed, Eric Rolfe Greenberg's narrative of Jewish immigrant jeweler Yakov Kapinski's relationship with baseball and Hall of Fame...
Whatever Happened to the Marvelous Importance of the Unimportant? A Plea for Putting Today's Baseball and All-Sports Mania in Proper Perspective
Keynote Speech to the Fifteenth Annual NINE Spring Training Conference, March 15, 2008 I was moved when one of Bill Kirwin's last acts as NINE conference organizer was to ask me to deliver this year's keynote address. We have heard so much about...
Whither or Whether the Stolen Base?
"The Book" is the canon of conventional wisdom on how to be successful in Major League Baseball. The Book is subject to revision, sometimes in radical ways. Nowhere is this more evident than in the deployment of the stolen base strategy. In recent...