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First day of class notes

by: Elena Bassin

First day of class notes HIST291W

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Elena Bassin
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History of Baseball
Joel Wolfe

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Notes from the first lecture regarding the course goals, what lenses we view baseball from, different theses regarding baseball, and why to study it in the first place.
History of Baseball
Joel Wolfe
One Day of Notes
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This 2 page One Day of Notes was uploaded by Elena Bassin on Monday January 26, 2015. The One Day of Notes belongs to HIST291W at University of Massachusetts taught by Joel Wolfe in Spring2015. Since its upload, it has received 33 views.


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Date Created: 01/26/15
History 291W 12615 History of Baseball 1 Why Study Baseball 1 Walt Whitman a America39s poet described it as Americas game 2 If you factor in al the levels of baseball it is the most popular spectator sport in America 3 Football ratings make it the most popular but as a business pro baseball crushes baseball financially 4 College baseball popularity has risen minor league conditions has risen 5 Captures our imagination in ways no other sport can 6 Pro football pre WWII was wrestling 7 So engrained in our american culture politics and economics 8 When you look Latin American colonies thats where they play baseball 9 Japanese began to embrace baseball because it was seen as modern a But Americans celebrate the nostalgic value of baseball A Different Baseball Theses 1 The Ken Burns thesis a Baseball was the most important cultural favor in America b It mirrors America and leads the way 2 The Karl Marx thesis a It39s all about economics b Baseballs trajectory has followed Americas Economics c IE Urbanization of the west western expansions of baseball Money in parking 3 The Race amp Ethnicity Theory Moses Fleetwood Walker w Toledo in 1884 a Baseball re ected race issues in America b Robinson in 1947 gt Brown V BOE 4 Nostalgia amp Tradition a Helps anchor American society with real keys to the past b New stadiums are built to emulate the past c Innovation of box score and sabermetrics d Creation of the Modern Celebrity with Babe Ruth e Contradiction how can it be so progressive yet held in tradition B What lenses do we View baseball through 1 Field of Dreams a Topics of Fathers and Sons b Generational divides c Nostalgia of first baseball game 2 Brians Song 3 Eight Men Out 4 A League of Their Own a feminist agenda 5 Bang the Drum Slowly 6Fear Strikes out a Low point for baseball films 7 Through the Creation of Stadiums a Technological breakthroughs b Multipurpose stadiums C Class Goals 1 Not using baseball as a metaphor as a way to View US History 2 Bc of history it39s knee deep in political issues


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