A Brief History of American Sports

Author: Elliott J. Gorn,Warren Jay Goldstein

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252071843

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 290

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Elliott J. Gorn and Warren Goldstein show us where our games and pastimes came from, how they developed, and what they have meant to Americans. The great heroes of baseball and football are here, as well as the dramatic moments of boxing and basketball. Beyond this, the authors show us how sports fit into the larger contours of our past. For this new edition, the authors have updated the book to include discussion of performance-enhancing drugs; player salaries, unions, and the business of internationalizing sport; Title IX and gender in American sports; race, especially the entry of Latino and Asian athletes; and the corporatization of amateur athletics. A Brief History of American Sports reveals that from colonial times to the present, sports have been central to American culture, and a profound expression of who we are.
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African-American Sports Greats

A Biographical Dictionary

Author: David L. Porter

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313289875

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 429

View: 814

Presents personal and professional profiles of over one hundred sixty African American athletes representing eleven sports
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The Holy Trinity of American Sports

Civil Religion in Football, Baseball, and Basketball

Author: Craig A. Forney

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 0881461733

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Explores how three sports--football, baseball and basketball--interact toward a civil religion in the United States, providing extended seasons to supplement holidays and conveying doctrines about the source of truth, where to find knowledge of truths and how to solve problems. Original.
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Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: Q-Z

Author: David L. Porter

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313311765

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1865

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A standard source of first referral, Porter's Biographical Dictionary of American Sports now adds a long-awaited revised and expanded edition of the popular 1987 Baseball volume and its supplements.
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American History Through American Sports

From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports

Author: Danielle Sarver Coombs,Bob Batchelor

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313379882

Category: Social Science

Page: 944

View: 7792

Filled with insightful analysis and compelling arguments, this book considers the influence of sports on popular culture and spotlights the fascinating ways in which sports culture and American culture intersect.
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Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: G-P

Author: David L. Porter

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313311758

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1865

View: 2387

A standard source of first referral, Porter's multivolume "Biographical Dictionary of American Sports" now adds a long-awaited revised and expanded edition of the popular 1987 "Baseball" volume and the following supplements. This 4-volume work profiles over 1,450 baseball luminaries, including current stars, former major league players, managers, umpires, and executives, and Negro League and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League stars. All entries from earlier volumes are revised and updated, and 477 new figures are added. A handy reference, this comprehensive work provides more biographical information on these baseball professionals than any other reference available. Contributed by baseball historians, educators, and journalists, each profile highlights biographical data, career records, accomplishments, and honors, discusses the subject's accomplishments, and provides bibliographic information. These volumes will be an invaluable reference for baseball aficianados and all libraries.
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Understanding American Sports

Author: Gerald R. Gems,Gertrud Pfister

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134067593

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

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Since the nineteenth century the USA has served as an international model for business, lifestyle and sporting success. Yet whilst the language of sport seems to be universal, American sports culture remains highly distinctive. Why is this so? How should we understand American sport? What can we learn about America by analyzing its sports culture? Understanding American Sports offers discussion and critical analysis of the everyday sporting and leisure activities of ‘ordinary’ Americans as well as the ‘big three’ (football, baseball, basketball), and elite sports heroes. Throughout the book, the development of American sport is linked to political, social, gender and economic issues, as well as the orientations and cultures of the multilayered American society with its manifold regional, ethnic, social, and gendered diversities. Topics covered include: American college sports the influence of immigrant populations the unique status of American football the emergence of women’s sport in the USA With co-authors from either side of the Atlantic, Understanding American Sports uses both the outsider’s perspective and that of the insider to explain American sports culture. With its extensive use of examples and illustrations, this is an engrossing and informative resource for all students of sports studies and American culture.
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American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas [4 volumes]

A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas

Author: Murry R. Nelson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313397538

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1573

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America loves sports. This book examines and details the proof of this fascination seen throughout American society—in our literature, film, and music; our clothing and food; and the iconography of the nation.
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American Sports

An Anthropological Approach

Author: Alan Klein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317996089

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 276

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This collection illustrates the expansiveness of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sport. While rooted in anthropology, these essays consider American sports in their social, economic, cultural and political aspects, charting their evolution. The book draws from history, sociology, and political science; as well as considering the relationship between the developed and developing world; and culture and masculinity. The first part of the book considers the local and global interplay of professional baseball, covering: Major League Baseball’s impact on the Dominican Republic nationalism and baseball on the Mexican/US border the globalizing forces of baseball as an industry. The second part of the book is concerned with the cultural examination of the responsiveness of masculinity to social and cultural forces, examining: the exaggerated world of bodybuilders in Southern California the cross-cultural comparisons of male behaviour on a bi-national baseball team in Mexico the historical examination of Jews in American sport. This book was previously published as a special issue of Sport in Society
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Sporting Lives

Metaphor and Myth in American Sports Autobiographies

Author: James W. Pipkin

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 082626641X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 161

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"Examines autobiographies by athletes such as Wilt Chamberlain, Babe Ruth, Martina Navratilova, and Dennis Rodman, and analyzes common themes and recurring patterns in the accounts of their lives and sporting experiences"--Provided by publisher.
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The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law

Author: Michael A. McCann

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190465956

Category: Law

Page: 648

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The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law takes the reader through the most important controversies and critical developments in law and U.S. sports. Over the course of 30 chapters, leading scholars explore this expanding and captivating area of law. The Handbook is the first book to gather dozens of perspectives on sports law controversies in the United States, and will be of interest to those who study and practice sports law, as well as journalists, broadcasters, and legally minded sports fans. The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law incorporates analysis of key historical events in sports law-such as the rise of free agency in professional sports and the concept of "amateurism" for college athletes-and their broader context. Contemporary legal controversies in U.S. sports and their accompanying questions are also of central importance: In a sensible legal system, how would long-term neurological injuries from contact sports be addressed? How would the use of racially insensitive team names be resolved? How would a seemingly trivial dispute over air pressure in footballs be studied from the competing perspectives of players, teams, and leagues? The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law weighs not just the facts, but how courts and lawmakers ought to consider the most important questions at stake. The essays in this volume also canvass the types of legal controversies in sports likely to surface in the future. This is particularly true of law and technology matters, including those related to broadcasting and streaming. Legal doctrine has been and will continue to be forced to adapt to these developments, and the Handbook both forecasts coming debates and outlines where the law may be headed.
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American Sports Poems

Author: May Swenson

Publisher: Orchard Books (NY)

ISBN: 9780531057537

Category: Children's poetry, American.

Page: 226

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A collection of poems on sports, ranging from solo running, hunting, and fighting, to football and baseball from the spectator's point of view.
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Judaism's Encounter with American Sports

Author: Jeffrey S. Gurock

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253111609

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Judaism's Encounter with American Sports examines how sports entered the lives of American Jewish men and women and how the secular values of sports threatened religious identification and observance. What do Jews do when a society -- in this case, a team -- "chooses them in," but demands commitments that clash with ancestral ties and practices? Jeffrey S. Gurock uses the experience of sports to illuminate an important mode of modern Jewish religious conflict and accommodation to America. He considers the defensive strategies American Jewish leaders have employed in response to sports' challenges to identity, such as using temple and synagogue centers, complete with gymnasiums and swimming pools, to attract the athletically inclined to Jewish life. Within the suburban frontiers of post--World War II America, sports-minded modern Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform rabbis competed against one another for the allegiances of Jewish athletes and all other Americanized Jews. In the present day, tensions among Jewish movements are still played out in the sports arena. Today, in a mostly accepting American society, it is easy for sports-minded Jews to assimilate completely, losing all regard for Jewish ties. At the same time, a very tolerant America has enabled Jews to succeed in the sports world, while keeping faith with Jewish traditions. Gurock foregrounds his engaging book against his own experiences as a basketball player, coach, and marathon runner. By using the metaphor of sports, Judaism's Encounter with American Sports underscores the basic religious dilemmas of our day.
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A Whole New Ball Game

An Interpretation of American Sports

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807842201

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 243

View: 7321

Traces the development of modern collegiate and professional sports, explains how they reflect American culture, and looks at the role sports have played in Americanizing immigrants
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Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

Author: Mark Ribowsky

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 039308017X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 477

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Describes the life of one of the most colorful figures in American sports history and offers a behind-the-scenes look at "Monday Night Football" and the commercialization of sports based on interviews with colleagues and athletes.
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Body Politic

The Great American Sports Machine

Author: David Shields

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439141571

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes, and delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports. He explores the intricate and telling relationships between players and coaches, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, and players and advertisers. In the process, he shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be.
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The Best American Sports Writing 2018

Author: Glenn Stout,Jeff Pearlman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 1328846296

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 416

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For more than twenty-five years, The Best American Sports Writing has built a solid reputation by showcasing the greatest sports journalism of the previous year, culled from hundreds of national, regional, and specialty print and digital publications. Each year, the series editor and guest editor curate a truly exceptional collection. The only shared traits among all these diverse styles, voices, and stories are the extraordinarily high caliber of writing, and the pure passion they tap into that can only come from sports.
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The Best American Sports Writing 2017

Author: Glenn Stout,Howard Bryant

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544821564

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 416

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For a quarter century, the annual Best American Sports Writing has showcased the greatest sports journalism of the previous year. This year’s guest editor, acclaimed author Howard Bryant, continues the tradition, seeking out writing that best captures the unpredictable journey of sports. Triumphantly and painfully, these stories reflect on that journey, asking difficult questions about who we are, as individuals and as a nation: What does it mean when a football player takes a knee during the national anthem, who decides where the remains of an American legend should rest, and how far will people go to reclaim dreams that have long slipped away? Spanning different sports, disciplines, and styles, these pieces are, above all, inspirational to readers, writers, and athletes around the world, proof of the bonds and breaking points that exist between and within us all.
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The Classic Guide to Boxing

Author: The American Sports Publishing Company

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445651017

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

View: 3898

Some sports stand the test of time. This guidebook explores the manoeuvres and skills every boxer needs, from flyweight to heavyweight.
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