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Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, Fall

An Interview with Marc Simont
Illustrator Marc Simont was born on November 23, 1915, in Paris, France. His childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Sickly, he taught himself to write by tracing the text of the Spanish picture book El Ginesello. His schoolwork...
Baseball: The Tenth Inning
Baseball: The Tenth Inning. Produced and directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. PBS, 2010.4 hrs. Frank Ardolino The original Emmy Award--winning, nine-part documentary Baseball, which was broadcast on PBS in 1994 during the players' strike, was...
English- and Spanish-Speaking Minor League Baseball Players' Perspectives on Community Service and the Psychosocial Benefit of Helping Children
Community service is a common activity for many athletes and teams. Often it involves raising money for a cause, or promoting healthy, safe, or prosocial behavior; other times, it simply brings athletes together with members of the community. Many...
Fan Perceptions of Latino Baseball Players and Their Influence on Overall Fan Satisfaction with Major League Baseball
Revered within American history and society, baseball has captivated many historians and scholars in their attempts to understand the underpinnings of professional baseball as a sport and source of commerce within the United States. As sport in America...
How the Shaughnessy Plan Redefined Success in Sports
There were cries of heresy and treason under headlines such as "Baseball Has Sold Its Soul for Cheap TV Thrills" when in 1993 Major League Baseball expanded its postseason structure to double the number of qualifying ball-clubs in both the National...
One-Hit Wonders: A Study of Contract-Year Performance among Impending Free Agents in Major League Baseball
INTRODUCTION In 2004, Adrian Beltre, then a twenty-five-year-old third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, entered the final year of his first major-league contract. That year, Beltre posted the best statistics of his career. He finished the year...
The Changing Seasons of Mark Harris's It Looked like Forever: Henry Wiggen as Athlete and Everyman
Mark Harris's It Looked Like Forever, the last of his four Henry Wiggen novels, has received far less critical commentary than the first two, The Southpaw and Bang the Drum Slowly. The third Wiggen novel--A Ticket for a Seamstitch--has suffered the...
The Jackie Robinson Story: A Reflection of Its Era
The "Jackie" in question is Jackie Robinson. In the mid-199os, Spike Lee attempted to mount a celluloid biography of the Brooklyn Dodgers legend who, as a twenty-eight-year-old rookie in 1947, integrated Major League Baseball (MLB). (1) Lee's film...
There's Something about Barry: Media Representations of a Home Run King
On August 8, 2007, Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron's longstanding major-league record by hitting his 756th career home run. Despite the historical magnitude of this feat, Bonds's accomplishment was not widely celebrated or accompanied by a flood of praise...