Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era (Contributions in American Studies)

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Discusses the ideology of baseball, professional baseball and urban politics, politics, ballparks, and the neighborhoods, social reform, and baseball as a source of social mobility.

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Well documented and recommended as a rich resource for the sport historian, sport social scientist, and baseball enthusiast who wishes to delve into the role of sport in the sociocultural development of the U.S. For academic and public library collections.

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Now revised and expanded, Touching Base examines the myths as well as the realities, symbols, and rituals of "America's favorite pastime". Steven Riess details the relationships among urban politics, communities, and baseball, exploring how debates over issues such as Sunday games, ballpark construction, and the promotion of the game were shaped by Progressive Era sensibilities. Focusing on Atlanta, New York, and Chicago, Riess analyzes the spectators, owners, and players to evaluate how baseball both influenced and mirrored broader society.

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