Review of Wartime Basketball

Stark, Douglas. Wartime Basketball: The Emergence of a National Sport during World War II. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. Pp. 384. Notes, appendices, and index. $34.95 hardback. Reviewed by Cat Ariail As the Golden State Warriors marched toward 73 wins last season, basketball fans debated whether the Dubs were the greatest basketball team…

2016 World Series Roundtable

Last week the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Their victory inspired what’s been reported as the seventh largest gathering in human history in downtown Chicago. Millions of fans flocked to the streets to celebrate what has for generations been a mere fantasy. Millions more watched the World Series as its intense seven games served as a…

Sport History Rewind: Review of Beyond a Boundary

This post is a part of the series, “Sport History Rewind.” In this series, contributors revisit and reevaluate important texts to determine the degree to which their analyses, arguments, research, and influence resonate in the field today. Of particular concern is how well the works fit into historiographical debates and compare with more recent sport-related…

Kevin Costner: The King of the Sports Movie 

By Russ Crawford Recently baseball fans have been clamoring online to have Charlie Sheen, one of the stars of the Major League series, throw out the first pitch during a World Series game in Cleveland. There is no doubt that the antics of Sheen’s character, Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, provide entertainment and excitement to long-suffering…