Football is the New Religion in America

By Tanya K. Jones Whether one is playing or spectating, millions of people participate in one form or another. As springtime ends, it takes two sports in the U.S. with it; hockey and basketball. Despite the loss, American sports enthusiasts have baseball to lean on until the day comes when one sport rises above the…

Review of Presidents and the Pastime

Smith, Curt. The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball & the White House. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018. Pp. 469. Bibliography. $29.95 hardback. Reviewed by Bob D’Angelo Politics and baseball are a delicious mixture. Curt Smith knows how to create a satisfying recipe. Smith, 67, a senior lecturer of English at the…

College Football Safety: An Annotated Op-Ed

By Andrew McGregor Today I published a piece in the Washington Post’s Made by History section considering issues related to college football and how past reforms only temporarily addressed concerns about the sport’s safety. While I rely on some of my own research to make my argument, I mention a few developments in the history…

Review of Fumbled Call

Sumner, David E. Fumbled Call: The Bear Bryant-Wally Butts Football Scandal That Split the Supreme Court and Changed American Libel Law. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018. 11 b/w photographs, acknowledgments, four appendices, chapter notes, bibliography, index. Pp. 234. $35.00 softcover. Reviewed by Michael T. Wood In Fumbled Call, David E. Sumner recounts the events surrounding the…

Review of Alou: My Baseball Journey

Alou, Felipe, and Peter Kerasotis. Alou: My Baseball Journey. Forward by Pedro Martinez. Pp 336, 35 photographs, 1 illustration, and 1 index. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018. $29.95 hardcover. A few years ago, a popular brand of beer (associated with one of the Major League clubs) ran a commercial that demonstrated the dramatic demographic…

Review of Replays, Rivalries and Rumbles: The Most Iconic Moments In American Sports

Gietschier, Steven, ed. Replays, Rivalries and Rumbles: The Most Iconic Moments In American Sports. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. 205, Index. $95.00 hardcover, $17.96 e-book. Reviewed by Brett L. Abrams How appropriate during the year that Major League Baseball brought its All-Star Game to Washington, D.C., that a resident of the nation’s…

Sport and Society – The Dangerous Twitter-verse

Editor’s Note: “Sport in American History” is excited to cross-post Richard C. Crepeau’s “Sport and Society” column. This post was originally published on August 3, 2018. A full archive of his Crepeau’s columns can be found by clicking here. Over the past few weeks, the tweets of three major league baseball players have made headlines. All three players wrote…