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Creating the National Pastime: Baseball Transforms Itself, 1903-1953
G. Edward White. Not simply a professional sport, baseball has been treated as a focus of childhood rituals & an emblem of American individuality & fair play throughout much of the 20th century. It started out, however, as a marginal urban sport associated with drinking & gambling. Here, White describes baseball’s progression to an almost mythic status as an idyllic game, popular among people of all ages & classes. He then recounts the owners’ concerted efforts, often supported by the legal system, to preserve this image. Presents a wonderfully persuasive analysis of the often irrational bus. decisions, inspired by nostalgia & self-interest, which led a group of remarkable entrepreneurs to establish the mythology of baseball as the uniquely American experience. Ill.
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