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More Than a Pastime: An Oral History of Baseball Fans

Freedman, William

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ISBN 10: 0786405104 / ISBN 13: 9780786405107
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Basing his claims on more than 130 in-depth interviews with baseball fans from ages 10 to 80, the author arrives at some extraordinary conclusions about the prismatic richness of the fans experience of baseball and its importance in his or her life. The responses, 40 of which are reproduced in this oral history, suggest three major hypotheses: that how the youthful fan regards the game is a resonant expression of his personality, his family and social situation, and his fundamental needs; that baseball, far more than a pastime or idle entertainment, serves a number of extremely important emotional and developmental functions--moral, social, aesthetic, and psychological--in the lives of its younger fans; and that one of baseballs less frequently heralded virtues is its extraordinary richness, its capacity to turn a different face to almost every fan and to satisfy that remarkably wide range of personalities,

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A clinical psychologist, William Freedman is also a professor at the University of Haifa in Israel.

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