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Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring

A Very Peculiar Practice: The London Baseball League, 1906-1911
Baseball has been played sporadically in England since a first exhibition tour in 1874, led by the former American professional Harry Wright and involving the great American pitcher, manager, and subsequent sporting goods tycoon Albert Goodwill Spalding....
"Bringing Fame to Zion": Tony Lazzeri, the Salt Lake Bees, and Life in the Pacific Coast League
Air. Eight inches of air. Only that separated Tony Lazzeri's bat from the curve ball delivered by Grover Cleveland Alexander in the 1926 World Series. Those eight inches have defined Lazzeri's Hall of Fame baseball career for more than seventy-five...
Career, Family, or Both? A Case Study of Young Professional Baseball Players
WORK-FAMILY CONFLICT IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYERS: PERCEPTIONS, INFLUENCES, AND CONSEQUENCES Historically, managers in most workplaces have maintained the "social context of rigid separation" of the work sphere and the family sphere. (1) Thus...
I Don't Care If I Never Get Back ... A Baseball History Tour
The baseball road trip has become something of a national obsession it seems. Visiting ballparks, chasing after favorite teams--whatever the main passion, there is something about the road and baseball that simply goes hand in hand. Or hand in glove....
If You Build It, They Will Speak: Public Stadiums, Public Forums, and Free Speech
ROOT, ROOT, ROOT Baseball and the freedom of speech are American icons, the latter a central element of the former. (1) During the seventh-inning stretch fans reiterate the ancient injunction to "root, root, root for the home team." (2) The scoreboard,...
"Let's Just Say It Works for Me": Rafael Palmeiro, Major League Baseball, and the Marketing of Viagra
On October 28,2003, representatives of Pfizer pharmaceuticals gathered at corporate headquarters in New York City to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the launch of their wonder drug Viagra. The guest list for the big event, along with the requisite...
Matty and the Browns: A Window onto the AL-NL War
This is the story of Christy Mathewson's signing with the St. Louis Browns for the 1903 season and of the Browns' owner Robert Hedges later giving up his claim to Matty in order to foster peace between the American and National Leagues. In the literature...
Nationalism and National Identity in Taiwanese Baseball
When the Taiwanese first saw the Japanese tossing and hitting baseballs, they were fearful and perplexed. The ball was so hard and solid they dubbed the game bangqiu (baseball) as caiqiu (wooden-ball), thinking the activity might cause a fatality....
One Curse Down
Had John Kerry and the Democrats heeded the example of the Boston Red Sox, they'd be in the White House right now. The Red Sox hadn't won a World Series since selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. When they overcame the "curse of the Bambino"...
On the Initial Sack: Goose Tatum-Two-Sport Star
In the early 1990s Michael Jordan fascinated the sports world when he attempted to extend his success from the basketball court onto the baseball diamond. It did not work out. Jordan returned to basketball, still the best player in the game, after...
The Lost Years of Home Run King Joe Bauman
When Baseball America's bimonthly newspaper polled its readers in 1999 to select the Minor League legend of the twentieth century, Joe Bauman was chosen as the number one legend. (1) If I had voted I would have stuffed the ballot box for Joe because...
What's in a Baseball Nickname
Nicknames are more common in childhood than later in life, except in sports. And in no sport are nicknames more pervasive than baseball. Who hasn't heard of "Slammin Sammy" or "The Rocket" or "The Big Unit"? Baseball nicknames often tell us something...
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