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Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, Spring

A Monument to Musial: The History of a Statue
In August of 1968, Stan Musial's status as an iconic figure of St. Louis baseball was underscored with the unveiling of an enormous statue memorializing him as the quintessential Cardinal. This monument to Redbird sainthood is remarkable for a number...
"Baseball over Tea-Cakes": Major League Baseball in American Avant-Garde Poetry from Imagism to L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E
Harold Seymour and Dorothy Seymour Mills begin their history of baseball by observing that "Baseball in America is many things. But, contrary to widespread belief, professional baseball is not a sport. It is a commercialized amusement business." (1)...
Don't Give Me No Lip: The Cultural and Religious Roots of Leo Durocher's Competitiveness
I come to play! I come to beat you! I come to kill you! Leo Durocher, Nice Guys Finish Last All the stories of steroids and scandals aside, the American cultural imagination retains its faith in "the church of baseball." Narratives of religiosity...
"It Was His Fairness That Caught Wrigley's Eye": William L. Veeck's Journalism Career and His Hiring by the Chicago Cubs
It was fourteen years ago that [William L.] Veeck, then a sports writer for the Chicago Evening American, was made president of the Cubs. He severely criticized the management of the team until the late owner, William Wrigley, jr., called him into...
Royal Match: The Army-Navy Service Game, July 4, 1918
The scene in the London stadium was as improbable as polo in Brooklyn: the King of England and thousands of loyal subjects, cheering American soldiers and sailors batting the horsehide around a diamond wedged onto a soccer field. Largely forgotten...
The Angels Are Behind Us: The 1951 Angels in the Outfield and the Truman-MacArthur Crisis
The 1951 baseball fantasy Angels in the Outfield is an ameliorative rewriting in baseball terms of the related political problems facing the United States at that time: the Korean War, the threat of nuclear war with China and Russia, and the conflict...
Who's on Board: Gauging Team Commitment among Collegiate Baseball Players through Their Coaches' Bases of Power
Sports coaches who believe they merely must be adept at evaluating talent, calling plays, and scouting opponents may be underestimating the scope of their responsibilities. Coaches, as with workplace supervisors, must understand how to achieve optimal...
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