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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, Spring

"Baseball for the Insane": The Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital and Its "Asylums"
Dr. Selden Haines Talcott, superintendent of the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital in Orange County, New York, had progressive ideas about how to treat the mentally ill. In a time not long after the basic treatment for "lunatics" was to warehouse...
Baseball in Tasmania
Ever since I was a youth watching Puerto Rican winter league games on Saturday-morning television, I've had an interest in how baseball is played in other cultures. A few years ago, when my wife and I decided to move our anthropology term abroad from...
Baseball's Peerless Semipros: The Brooklyn Bushwicks of Dexter Park
Thomas Barthel. Baseball's Peerless Sernipros: The Brooklyn Bushwicks of Dexter Park. Harworth, NJ: St. Johann Press, 2009. 304 pp. Cloth, $29.95. In the last paragraph of his forward to Baseball's Peerless Semipros, Jack Lang, past president of...
Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places
Dorothy Seymour Mills, Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 266 pp. Paper, $39.95. Baseball often chooses us. One minute you're a nine-year-old kid, slapping a baseball into...
End of the Season: Tough-Luck Ballplayer in the Diamond Bluff Tavern
His wounds are always on the inside--nothing you can see. It always happened years ago, in a high school playoff or a state championship game. In a bar, sipping a beer, the bottle slowly beading with sweat, Willie will tell whoever's listening about...
Franklin P. Adams's "Trio of Bear Cubs"
Evers again played second base without an error, accepting seven chances, and in addition secured a clean hit to center. The youngster is remarkably fast in relaying double plays. Chicago Daily Tribune, September 16, 1902, 6. For the record,...
Great White High Hopes: Race, Masculinity, and the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies
Damn, the Phillies are white. The whitest team in baseball. Name another team whose four best players are white; whose first six hitters are white; that fields eight white players when facing a righty? The black players are part-timers and backups...
Interviews with Veteran Baseball Scouts
P. J. Dragseth, ed. Eye for Talent: Interviews with Veteran Baseball Scouts. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. 243 pp. Paper $39.95. "There is a canned phrase overused and abused by all the teams in baseball: 'Scouting is the backbone of an organization,"...
Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball
Mark Armour. Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. 382 pp. Cloth, $31.95. Despite the fact that Joe Cronin is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame based on his merits as a player, and that he managed...
Joy in Mudville: Essays on Baseball and American Life
John B. Wiseman, ed. Joy in Mudville: Essays on Baseball and American Life. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 252 pp. Paper, $39.95. Historian and baseball enthusiast John B. Wiseman has brought together a fine collection of essays, personal reflections,...
Mark Twain's Mysterious Scoresheet: Personal Reviews, Op-Ed Pieces, and Polemics from outside the Purview of the Umpires
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, widely known as Mark Twain, died at seventy-five in 1910. Several decades later, Twain's secretary from the author's final years produced a folded page of penciled notations, to which she attached this statement: "Along in...
Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero
Tom Clavin and Danny Peary. Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero. New York: Touchstone/Simon and Schuster, 2010. 422 pp. Cloth. $26.99. Some in the press called him surly. Others labeled him a whiner. To Robert Creamer in 1963 he was "an unsatisfactory...
Smart Ball: Marketing the Myth and Managing the Reality of Major League Baseball
Robert F. Lewis II. Smart Ball: Marketing the Myth and Managing the Reality of Major League Baseball. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010. 165 pp. Cloth, $50.00. In Smart Ball, Robert F. Lewis II examines the ways that Major League Baseball...
Spirits in the Grass
Bill Meissner. Spirits in the Grass. South Bend, IN: Notre Dame University Press, 2008. 288 pp. Cloth $25. A maxim of baseball fiction is that it has to be about something other than the game, and Meissner's novel fits this definition when it strives...
Steroids, Tommy John, and Cataracts: What's the Difference?
Summer 2010'S federal indictment of former All-Star pitcher and seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens on federal perjury charges related to steroid use reignited the debate over the impact of steroids (legal in professional baseball prior to 1990)...
Syncopated Hits: The Clef Club Negro Baseball Team in Jazz-Age Paris
In February and March 1940, the New York Amsterdam News ran a five-part story, "12,000 Nights of Entertainment," on the exciting rise and fall of Louis Mitchell's career as a jazz musician and club owner in Paris. To illustrate the third installment...
The Baseball-Radio War, 1931-1935
The emergence of radio in the 1920s as a significant new medium of mass communication was greeted by most Major League Baseball (MLB) owners with suspicion and apprehension. Owners feared the new medium would reduce attendance and compromise their...
The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs: The History of an Outlaw Major League
Robert Peyton Wiggins. The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs: The History of an Outlaw Major League, 1914-1915. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. 362 pp. Cloth, $49.95 When the newly proposed United Football League was presented for public scrutiny...
The House That Cultural Capital Built: The Saga of the New Yankee Stadium
The New York Yankees are the most successful franchise in American sports. They have won twenty-seven world championships, ten more than the next closest franchise, the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and sixteen more than...
The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pastime and Power at Home and Abroad
Ron Briley, ed. The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pastime and Power at Home and Abroad. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 250 pp. Paper, $39.95. Baseball scholars like to say that the game reflects nearly every aspect of American culture. The...
The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time
Tim Wendel, High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time. Cambridge, MA: De Capo Press, 2010. 288 pp. Cloth, $25.00. Serious sports have wiled away many hours trying to answer such age-old...
The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York
Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg. 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. 538 pp. Cloth, $31.95 The early 1920s were a critical time for America and baseball. World...
Those 1940 Detroit Tigers: The Story of a Trio of Hall of Famers with Birdie, Barney, Bobo, Schoolboy, and Pinky Higgins
John C. Fountain. Those 1940 Detroit Tigers: The Story of a Trio of Hall of Famers with Birdie, Barney, Bobo, Schoolboy, and Pinky Higgins. Detroit: Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association's Grant Fund, 2008.128 pp. Paper, $25.00. In the summer...
Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Players of All Time
Sean Manning, ed. Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Players of All Time. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2010. 215 pp. Paper, $15.95. Employing the framework of a twenty-five-man roster, Sean Manning and his authors deliver...
Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend
James G. Hirsch. Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend. New York: Scribner, 2010. 628 pp. Cloth, $30.00. In this authorized biography, James G. Hirsch, the author of a fine history of the 1924 Tulsa race riot and a biography of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter,...
Women's Baseball in the 1860s: Reestablishing a Historical Memory
Theories about the exact origins of our national pastime still evoke lively debate among baseball historians, but one fact needs no debate: throughout the history of "American" baseball, most players and spectators have considered it a masculine sport--wholly...