Baseball is much more than a game. As the American national pastime, it has reflected the political and cultural concerns of US society for over 200 years, and generates passions and loyalties unique in American society. This Companion examines baseball in culture, baseball as culture, and the game's global identity. Contributors contrast baseball's massive, big-business present with its romanticized origins and its evolution against the backdrop of American and world history. The chapters cover topics such as baseball in the movies, baseball and mass media, and baseball in Japan and Latin America. Between the chapters are vivid profiles of iconic characters including Babe Ruth, Ichiro and Walter O'Malley. Crucial moments in baseball history are revisited, ranging from the 1919 Black Sox gambling scandal to recent controversies over steroid use. A unique book for fans and scholars alike, this Companion explains the enduring importance of baseball in America and beyond.launched Monday Night Football, giving the NFL a presence on all three major tV networks. ... twelfth-inning Game Six-winning Classic-tying home run, hit at 12.34 am. in 1998, TV Guide termed the blast the agreatest sports tV moment of all time. ... atoday highlights bombard Direct tV, ESPN, and local-team affiliates, a said the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) stylist, Jon miller.
|Title||:||The Cambridge Companion to Baseball|
|Author||:||Leonard Cassuto, Stephen Partridge|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 2011-02-21|