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Timed to be released at the start of 2008 spring training, Neil Sullivan's The Diamond in the Bronx chronicles the entire history of a stadium that has been home to the greatest dynasty in sports history, a stadium that will see its final Yankees game in 2008.
As Yankee Stadium is about to become a memory, an indelible part of the cultural history of baseball and of New York City, Neil Sullivan's The Diamond in the Bronx offers a fascinating account of its history and its position at the intersection of sports, business, government, and society, Sullivan tells how Yankee Stadium came to be built in 1923, at a time when the Bronx was a burgeoning borough that held middle class housing for immigrants as well as hunting lodges for wealthy Manhattanites, an era when small children could ride the subway, alone, to the ball game, and when many of the ballplayers themselves lived on the Grand Concourse. As the city and the Bronx changed, Yankeedom changed too, and the stadium is now surrounded by of parking lots, symbolic of the team's suburban fan base and the decline of the South Bronx. In recent years the team has threatened to leave New York City, prompting extravagant proposals for keeping it there, including a billion dollar new stadium in Manhattan to be financed with public money. The resulting stadium controversy tells us much about the public's changing views of government and the changing nature of professional sports.
For Yankee fans, baseball aficionados, and anyone interested in the increasingly vexed relationship between sports, business, and politics, The Diamond in the Bronx offers a wealth of detail, insight, and historical perspective.
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Neil Sullivan is the author of one of Oxford's best known titles in sports history, The Dodgers Move West (1987) which established him as an authority on the intersection of the sports business, government, and society.
For Sullivan (The Dodgers Move West), the business of baseball provides a window on city politics as well as on the shifting economics and demographics of American society in the past 100 years. Several times since the original Baltimore Orioles moved to New York to become the Highlanders in 1903, stadium controversies and other conflicts between the team and the city have flared. (He also shows how since Yankee Stadium was built in 1923, race has become entangled in New York's debate over funding for sports stadiums two teams left in the 1950s, as the city's nonwhite populations were significantly increasing.) In the past few decades, in New York and elsewhere, an uneasy consensus over the benefits of sports stadiums has begun to fall apart again, and government funding for stadiums is once again a matter of heated public debate. Sullivan himself, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College in New York, is clearly skeptical about public spending on stadiums, noting that the Yankees benefit more from having their stadium in the Bronx than does New York City. Except for the wealthy, he argues, baseball stadiums mainly carry a symbolic value for the city's residents, yielding little economic benefit. But as Sullivan's own evident love for the game shows his book is awash in World Series statistics symbols can carry a lot of weight. Sullivan's scholarly book will be more appealing to intellectual baseball fans and urban history enthusiasts than to the riotous weekend crowd in Yankee Stadium's bleachers.
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