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The American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity (Writing Baseball)

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These nine essays selected by Lawrence Baldassaro and Richard A. Johnson present for the first time in a single volume an ethnic and racial profile of American baseball. These essayists show how the gradual involvement by various ethnic and racial groups reflects the changing nature of baseball—and of American society as a whole—over the course of the twentieth century.

 

Although the sport could not truly be called representative of America until after Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947, fascination with the ethnic backgrounds of the players began more than a century ago when athletes of German and Irish descent entered the major leagues in large numbers. In the 1920s, commentators noted the influx of ballplayers of Italian and Slavic origins and wondered why there were not more Jewish players in the big leagues. The era following World War II, however, saw the most dramatic ethnographic shift with the belated entry of African American ballplayers. The pattern of ethnic succession continues as players of Hispanic and Asian origin infuse fresh excitement and renewal into the major leagues.

 

Synopsis:

These nine essays selected by Lawrence Baldassaro and Richard A. Johnson present for the first time in a single volume an ethnic and racial profile of American baseball. These essayists show how the gradual involvement by various ethnic and racial groups reflects the changing nature of baseball—and of American society as a whole—over the course of the twentieth century.

 

Although the sport could not truly be called representative of America until after Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947, fascination with the ethnic backgrounds of the players began more than a century ago when athletes of German and Irish descent entered the major leagues in large numbers. In the 1920s, commentators noted the influx of ballplayers of Italian and Slavic origins and wondered why there were not more Jewish players in the big leagues. The era following World War II, however, saw the most dramatic ethnographic shift with the belated entry of African American ballplayers. The pattern of ethnic succession continues as players of Hispanic and Asian origin infuse fresh excitement and renewal into the major leagues.

 

About the Author

Lawrence Baldassaro, a professor of Italian and comparative literature and director of the University Honors Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is the editor of The Ted Williams Reader

 

Richard A. Johnson has served as the curator of the Sports Museum of New England since 1982. His seven books include DiMaggio: An Illustrated Life, The Twentieth-Century Baseball Chronicle, Red Sox Century, and Boston Braves.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809324460
Editor:
Baldassaro, Lawrence
Editor:
Johnson, Dick
Foreword:
Selig, Allan H.
Editor:
Baldassaro, Lawrence
Editor:
Johnson, Dick
Editor:
Baldassaro, Lawrence; Johnson, Richard
Editor:
Johnson, Richard
Author:
Baldassaro, Lawrence
Author:
Johnson, Richard
Author:
Selig, Allan H.
Foreword:
Selig, Allan H.
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Location:
Carbondale
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Ethnicity
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Baseball -- Social aspects -- United States.
Subject:
Ethnicity -- United States.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Edition
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Writing Baseball (Paperback)
Series Volume:
t. VII
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in

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These nine essays selected by Lawrence Baldassaro and Richard A. Johnson present for the first time in a single volume an ethnic and racial profile of American baseball. These essayists show how the gradual involvement by various ethnic and racial groups reflects the changing nature of baseball—and of American society as a whole—over the course of the twentieth century.

 

Although the sport could not truly be called representative of America until after Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947, fascination with the ethnic backgrounds of the players began more than a century ago when athletes of German and Irish descent entered the major leagues in large numbers. In the 1920s, commentators noted the influx of ballplayers of Italian and Slavic origins and wondered why there were not more Jewish players in the big leagues. The era following World War II, however, saw the most dramatic ethnographic shift with the belated entry of African American ballplayers. The pattern of ethnic succession continues as players of Hispanic and Asian origin infuse fresh excitement and renewal into the major leagues.

 

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