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Creating the national pastime : baseball transforms itself, 1903-1953

Author: G Edward White
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1996] ©1996
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"At a time when many baseball fans wish for the game to return to a purer past, G. Edward White shows how seemingly irrational business decisions, inspired in part by the self-interest of the owners but also by their nostalgia for the game, transformed baseball into the national pastime. Not simply a professional sport, baseball has been treated as a focus of childhood rituals and an emblem of American individuality  Read more...
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History
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White, G. Edward.
Creating the national pastime
(DLC) 95020743
(OCoLC)33012938
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: G Edward White
ISBN: 9781400851362 140085136X
OCLC Number: 872115180
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 368 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The ballparks --
The enterprise, 1903-1923 --
The rise of the commissioner: gambling, the Black Sox, and the creation of baseball heroes --
The Negro leagues --
The coming of night baseball --
Baseball journalists --
Baseball on the radio --
Ethnicity and baseball: Hank Greenberg and Joe DiMaggio --
The enterprise, 1923-1953 --
The decline of the national pastime.
Responsibility: G. Edward White.
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