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In Baseball Weeklys list of things that most affected baseball in the twentieth century, television ranked second—behind only the signing of Jackie Robinson. The new medium of television exposed baseball to a genuinely national audience; altered the financial picture for teams, owners, and players; and changed the way Americans followed the game. Center Field Shot explores these changes—all even more prominent in the first few years of the twenty-first century—and makes sense of their meaning for Americas pastime.
 
Center Field Shot traces a sometimes contentious but mutually beneficial relationship from the first televised game in 1939 to the new era of Internet broadcasts, satellite radio, and high-definition TV, considered from the perspective of businessmen collecting merchandising fees and advertising rights, franchise owners with ever more money to spend on talent, and broadcasters trying to present a game long considered “unfriendly” to television. Ultimately the association of baseball with television emerges as a reflection of—perhaps even a central feature of—American culture at large.

About the Author

James R. Walker is professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communications at Saint Xavier University. Robert V. Bellamy Jr. is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Multimedia Arts at Duquesne University.

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ISBN:
9780803248250
Author:
Walker, James R
Publisher:
Bison Books
Author:
Bellamy, Robert V., Jr.
Author:
Walker, James R.
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
History
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Baseball -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Television broadcasting of sports
Subject:
Journalism-Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36 photographs, 3 tables, index
Pages:
402
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.2 lb

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