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Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Fall

1. Stealing Home: Baseball Poems
Dwayne Brenna. Stealing Home: Baseball Poems. Regina SK (Canada): Hagios Press, 2013. 103 pp. Paper, $16.95 (us). Known professionally for his work on stage, television, and cinema, Dwayne Brenna should--with this collection of poems celebrating...
42: The Jackie Robinson Story
42: The Jackie Robinson Story. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland. Warner Bros., 2013. Early in his review of 42, chief New York Times film critic A.O. Scott calls this movie "Blunt, simple and sentimental." So is the Bible. Wanna make some-thin'...
Alain Usereau. the Expos in Their Prime: The Short-Lived Glory of Montreal's Team, 1977-1984. Jefferson Nc: Mcfarland, 2013. 260 Pp
Alain Usereau. The Expos in Their Prime: The Short-Lived Glory of Montreal's Team, 1977-1984. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2013. 260 pp. Paper, $29.95. William E. Akin Why do we need a history of the defunct Montreal Expos? Why, especially, one that...
Arthur P. Solomon (with Allyn I. Freeman), Making It in the Minors: A Team Owner's Lessons in the Business of Baseball. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2012.197 Pp. Paper, $29.95
Arthur P. Solomon (with Allyn I. Freeman), Making It in the Minors: A Team Owner's Lessons in the Business of Baseball. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2012. 197 pp. Paper, $29.95. Arthur P. Solomon could have written a thorough and detailed textbook explaining...
Bud Selig's "Hope and Faith" in His Last Great Goal Rewarded on Jupiter's Field of Dreams
What do the following seemingly disparate folks have in common: Major League Baseball commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 1909 Nobel Peace Prize winner Paul-Henri-Benjamin Baluet d'Estournelles baron de Constant de Rebecque (November...
Color Blind: The Forgotten Tcam That Broke Baseball's Color Line
Torn Dunkel. Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013. 345 pp. Cloth, $25.00. Cliff Hight In Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line, long-time journalist...
David J. Vaught. the Farmer's Game: Baseball in Rural America
David J. Vaught. The Farmer's Game: Baseball in Rural America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. 214 pp. Cloth, $29.95. Joel S. Franks Serious baseball historians have to wage a constant battle with two popular narratives of the...
Diamond Quotes
"The only thing now lacking to forever establish base-ball as our national sport is a more liberal encouragement of the amateur element. Professional baseball may have its ups and downs according as its directors may be wise or contrary, but the foundation...
Edward Achorn. the Summer of Beer and Whiskey:
Edward Achorn. The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game. Philadelphia: Public Affairs, 2013. 291 pp. Paper, $26.99. Ron Kates As author Edward Achorn notes...
Is This Heaven? It's Iowa the World Baseball Classic: "Field of Dreams" Moments in Global, Domestic, and Internal Marketing
Field of Dreams, Phil Alden Robinson's 1989 film based on W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe, is steeped in heritage. Baseball's history and traditions are ingrained deeply within the protagonist's personal history and his relationships with heroes...
Larry Ruttman. American Jews & America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013
Larry Ruttman. American Jews e.b. America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013. 510 pp. Cloth, $34.95 Rob Edelman To describe American Jews & America's Game as a tome would be no overstatement....
"Let Them Play!"
The Cannon Street All-Stars and the 1955 Little League World Series Keynote Speech to the Twentieth Annual NINE Spring Training Conference, March 16, 2013 When Wendell Smith was seventeen years old, he pitched his Detroit American Legion team...
Lisa D. Alexander. When Baseball Isn't White, Straight and Male: The
Lisa D. Alexander. When Baseball Isn't White, Straight and Male: The Media and Difference in the National Pastime. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2013. 194 pp. Paperback, $39.95. Jennifer J. Asenas and Kevin A. Johnson Lisa Doris Alexander examines...
Miami Stadium's Grand Opening Gala
It took nineteen years, but on April 4, 2012, the Miami Marlins opened their own sparkling new stadium, appropriately named Marlins Park, to a chorus of rave reviews from baseball officials, the public, and the press. No longer tenants in Sun Life...
Michael Long, Ed. beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013
Michael Long, ed. Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life After Baseball. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013. 248 pp. Cloth, $29.95. Chris Lamb In April 1959, Jackie Robinson was retired from baseball and working as an executive at...
Mr. Wrigley's Ball Club: Chicago & the Cubs during the Jazz Age
Roberts Ehrgott. Mr. Wrigley's Ball Club: Chicago 6' the Cubs during the Jazz Age. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013. 485 pp. Cloth, $34.95. Richard Crepeau I have long had a morbid interest in the ongoing tragedy that is the Chicago...
Pastime or Waste of Time: Narratives in the Media Surrounding the 2006 World Baseball Classic
Among most baseball fans in the United States, conversation about the World Baseball Classic (WBC) garners minimal interest, at best, and at worst sheer disgust. US fans are notorious for their love of discussing rather than playing the game, with...
Paul Hensler. the American League in Transition, 1965-1975: How Competition Thrived When the Yankees Didn't. Jefferson Nc: McFarland, 2013. 256 Pp. Paper, $39.95
Paul Hensler. The American League in Transition, 1965-1975: How Competition Thrived When the Yankees Didn't. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2013. 256 pp. Paper, $39.95. Mark Armour After winning twenty-nine pennants in forty-four years, in 1965 the New...
Robert Weintraub. the Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age. New York: Little, Brown, 2013. 460 Pp
Robert Weintraub. The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age. New York: Little, Brown, 2013. 460 pp. Cloth, $27.99. Steven P. Gietschier One popular way for authors to make a mark as they confront the imposing...
Ronald E. Kates and Warren Tormey, Eds. Baseball and Social Class:
Ronald E. Kates and Warren Tormey, eds. Baseball and Social Class: Essays on the Democratic Game That Isn't. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2012. 198 pp. Paper, $39.95. Ron Briley From Walt Whitman to A. G. Spalding to George Will, baseball has long...
Samuel 0. Regalado. Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues
Samuel 0. Regalado. Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013. 208pp. Paper, $25. Robert A. Moss In Nikkei Baseball, Samuel Regalado, professor...
Stuart Banner. the Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 304 Pp
Stuart Banner. The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 304 pp. Cloth, $29.95. When it comes to the vagaries of antitrust law, most baseball fans know at least one thing: that Organized...
The Accidental Mascot: How Mr. Celery Reached His Salad Days with the Wilmington Blue Rocks
INTRODUCTION Mascots have a long history in minor-league baseball as rallying forces or ongoing symbols of their team. Some minor-league teams have long-standing traditional mascots, perhaps based on local or regional attributes, while other teams...
The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych
Doug Wilson. The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2013. 306 pp. Cloth, $29.99. Those who observed Mark Fidrych's amazing year of 1976 will never see its like again. Those who did not can be forgiven if they...
Tiger Town: Spring Training, 1966
In March, as my departure for my first spring training approached, I was of two minds. I was eager to see what spring training would be like and proud to be going off to Florida to play professional baseball. But I was also unsure of myself after not...
Voyage to the Land of the Rising Sun: The Wisconsin Badger Nine's 1909 Trip to Japan
In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt sent his eldest daughter, Alice, and Secretary of War William Howard Taft on a tour of the Far East, making stops in China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. The trip was part of Roosevelt's plan to act as mediator...
Youth Baseball and Colonial Identity in Taiwan, 1920-1968
In 1968, the Hongye team walked off the baseball diamond as victors and national heroes. Their victory came at the expense of a Japanese team widely reported in the Taiwanese press as champions of the world. The athletes were children, middle-school-aged...
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