Academic journal article Nine

Attitudes of Citizens Fifty-Five Years and Older with Regard to Major League Baseball

Academic journal article Nine

Attitudes of Citizens Fifty-Five Years and Older with Regard to Major League Baseball

Article excerpt

Three thousand questionnaires and response forms were sent out in 2003 to senior citizens, and an additional three thousand questionnaires were mailed to seniors in 2004. Senior citizen addresses were randomly selected from lists provided by senior organizations in cities with Major League baseball clubs.

Of the 3,000 questionnaires mailed in 2003, 2, 126 response forms were completed and returned, and 798 forms were not returned. In addition, 76 response forms indicated that the respondent had no interest in baseball and, therefore, were not included in the tabulation.

Of the 3,000 respondents in 2004, 876 forms were not returned and 84 indicated "no interest in baseball" and were not tabulated. Approximately two-thirds of the respondents were male.

The following subjects were addressed.

1. Eighty-five percent of the males and seventy-four percent of the females responded that their attitude toward MLB was negatively affected by the use of prohibited substances by MLB players.

2. Twenty percent of the males and thirty percent of the females indicated that convicted felons playing in MLB negatively affected them.

3. Forty-one percent of the females, in contrast to fifty-nine percent of the males, reported the Baseball Players Union had a negative influence on their opinion.

4. The majority of respondents did not perceive MLB players as heroes or good role models. The respondents were asked to cite players who they thought were good role models. The four American League players most often listed as a good role models/heroes were Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki (804), Curt Shilling (711), and Darin Erstad (627). …

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