Hillbilly Jim: A “Dumb Hick” or a “Country Boy”

By Josh Howard This past week, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced their next inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame – Hillbilly Jim, a 1980s and early 1990s television mainstay that most fans, judging from Reddit and Twitter reactions, thought had been inducted years ago. Needless to say, Jim is deserving of the honor. He seems…

Review of The Culture & Ethnicity of Nineteenth Century Baseball

Jerrold I. Casway. The Culture and Ethnicity of Nineteenth Century Baseball. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017. $35.00, paperback. Reviewed by Josh Howard Jerrold Casway’s much needed volume on ninteenth century baseball analyzes the culture of the sport, and especially the “pitfalls” and “conflicting mores,” through the lens of ethnicity and race. Baseball culture reinforced and recreated…

Baseball as Political Theater in the Virginias

As everyone reading this assuredly knows, Colin Kaepernick renewed public discussions about the role of politics, protest, and activism in sport. This debate has surely picked up steam in the past couple of weeks with involvement from the Executive Branch. Casually browsing social media, I regularly encounter opinions on the matter that are quite frankly…

On College Football Athletes as “Kids”

“There’s just so many outside influences…As much as you know, you probably still don’t know how much is coming at these kids from all different directions with everybody. Human nature is what it is. We’re foolish to think that doesn’t have an effect on our team and our mindset.” – Chris Peterson (University of Washington)…

Review of Greatness in the Shadows

Branson, Douglas M. Greatness in the Shadows: Larry Doby and the Integration of the American League. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. Pp. 336 + Photographs, Tables, Notes, Bibliography, Index. $34.95 Hardcover. Reviewed by Josh Howard As Douglas Branson himself admits, Greatness in the Shadows is not a biography. Instead, his work is an analysis of the literature—or…

Review of Under One Roof

Adam Henig. Under One Roof: The Yankees, the Cardinals, and a Doctor’s Battle to Integrate Spring Training. Minneapolis, MN: Wise Ink Creative Publishing, 2016. Pp. 132. Review by Josh Howard. Under One Roof is a personal story. Adam Henig tells the story of Dr. Ralph Wimbish, an African American physician, and his (and others’) role…