Book Reviews

Sport in American History reviews a new book every Saturday. We currently have agreements to review books for the following presses:

  • University of Arkansas Press
  • University of Illinois Press
  • McFarland and Co.
  • Mercer University Press
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • Rowman & Littlefield
  • Rutgers University Press
  • Temple University Press
  • University of Texas Press
  • Syracuse University Press.

Lindsay Parks Pieper is our Book Review Editor. To become a reviewer or have a book reviewed, please contact her at Pieper.L@lynchburg.edu.

List of Books Reviewed (alphabetical by author):

Alpert, Rebecca T. Religion and Sports: An Introduction and Case Studies. Reviewed by Hunter M. Hampton, February 2016.

Anderson, Daniel. The Culture of Sports in the Harlem Renaissance. Reviewed by Andrew McGregor, July 2016.

Anderson, Ryan K. Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story. Reviewed by Russ Crawford, July 2016.

Austin, Brad. Democratic Sports: Men’s and Women’s College Athletics during the Great Depression. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, March 2016.

Bar-On, Tamir. The World Through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport. Zachary R. Bigalke, October 2016.

Bayne, Bijan C. Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race and Class. Reviewed by Tyran Kai Steward, September 2015.

Bjarkman, Peter C. Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story. Reviewed by Dain TePoel, December 2016.

Black, Jonathan. Making the American Body. Reviewed by Adam Copeland, September 2015.

Branson, Douglas M. Greatness in the Shadows: Larry Doby and the Integration of the American League. Reviewed by Josh Howard, September 2016.

Brooks, Ken. Ingemar Johansson: Swedish Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Reviewed by Benjamin Dettmar, September 2016.

Burk, Robert F. Marvin Miller, Baseball Revolutionary. Reviewed by Alexander Hyres, August 2015.

Cahn, Susan K. Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Sport (2nd edition). Reviewed by Colleen English, December 2015.

Castro, Tony. DiMag & Mick: Sibling Rivals, Yankee Blood Brothers. Reviewed by Brett L. Abrams, October 2016.

Cermak, Iri. The Cinema of Hockey: Four Decades of the Game on Screen. Review by Nick Sacco, March 2017.

Chudacoff, Howard P. Changing the Playbook: How Power, Profit, and Politics Transformed College Sports. Reviewed by Alexander D. Hyres, April 2016.

Cohen, Diana Tracy. Iron Dads: Managing Family, Work, and Endurance Sport Identities. Reviewed by Ari de Wilde, December 2016.

Colás, Yago. Ball Don’t Lie!: Myth, Genealogy, and Invention in the Cultures of Basketball. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, June 2016.

Collins, Tony The Oval World: A Global History of Rugby. Reviewed by Benjamin Dettmar, October 2016.

Conine, Chad S.  The Republic of Football: Legends of the Texas High School Game. Reviewed by Jorge Iber, June 2017.

Corzine, Nathan Michael. Team Chemistry: The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball. Reviewed by Mercedes Townsend, November 2016.

Crawford, Russ.  Le Football: A History of American Football in France. Reviewed by John E. Price, May 2017.

Crepeau, Richard C. NFL Football: A History of America’s New National Pastime. Reviewed by Andrew D. Linden, September 2015.

Curry, Graham, and Eric Dunning. Association Football: A Study in Figurational Sociology. Reviewed by Zachary R. Bigalke, November 2016.

Davies, Richard O. The Main Event: Boxing in Nevada from the Mining Camps to the Las Vegas Strip. Reviewed by Andrew McGregor, September 2014.

Davis, David. Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, January 2016.

Dechant, John. Scoreless: Omaha Central, Creighton Prep, and Nebraska’s Greatest High School Football Game. Reviewed by Paul Putz, January 2017.

Elzey, Chris, and David K. Wiggins, eds. DC Sports: The Nation’s Capital at Play. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, May 2016.

Endsley, Brian M. Finding the Left Arm of God: Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1960-1963. Reviewed by Jorge Iber, May 2017.

Enevold, Jessica, and Esther MacCallum-Stewart (Eds.). Game Love: Essays on Play and Affection. Reviewed by Colleen English, February 2016.

Evans, Jeremy.  The Battle for Paradise: Surfing, Tuna, and One Town’s Quest to Save a Wave. Reviewed by Tolga Ozyurtcu, April 2016.

Fair, John D. Mr. America: The Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon. Reviewed by Hunter M. Hampton, March 2016.

Fallon, Michael. Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers. Reviewed by Tolga Ozyurtcu, March 2017.

Franks, Joel S. Asian American Basketball: A Century of Sport, Community, and Culture. Reviewed by Samantha White, January 2017.

Finnegan, William. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. Reviewed by Tolga Ozyurtcu, January 2016.

Foglio, Massimo with Ford, Mark. Touchdown in Europe: How American Football Came to the Old Continent. Reviewed by Russ Crawford, December 2016.

Fondren, Kristi M. Walking on the Wild Side: Long-Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Reviewed by Dain TePoel, June 2016.

Freedman, Lew. The Boyer Brothers of Baseball. Reviewed by Jorge Iber, May 2017.

Frei, Terry. March 1939: Before the Madness. Reviewed by Murry Nelson, September 2016.

Frommer, Harvey. Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral and Narrative History of “The House That Ruth Built”. Reviewed by Alex Parrish, July 2016.

Gaines, Bob. Christy Mathewson, The Christian Gentleman: How One Man’s Faith and Fastball Forever Changed Baseball. Reviewed by Paul Putz, April 2016.

Gems, Gerald R., ed. Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers.  Reviewed by Christopher R. Davis, March 2017.

Gems, Gerald R. Boxing: A Concise History of the Sweet Science. Reviewed by Mac Ross, November 2016.

Gildea, Dennis. Hoop Crazy: The Lives of Clair Bee and Chip Hilton. Reviewed by Russ Crawford, April 2016.

Gillmeister, Heiner. Tennis: A Cultural History. Reviewed by Robert J. Lake, May 2017.

Gitlin, Martin. The Greatest College Football Rivalries of All Time: The Civil War, The Iron Bowl, and Other Memorable Moments. Reviewed by Mercedes Townsend, February 2016.

Grow, Nathaniel. Baseball on Trial: The Origin of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, October 2015.

Grundman, Dolph. Dolph Schayes and the Rise of Professional Basketball. Reviewed by Paul Putz, February 2016.

Guiliano, Jennifer. Indian Spectacle: College Mascots and the Anxiety of Modern America. Reviewed by Andrew McGregor, December 2015.

Guroff, Margaret. The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, October 2016.

Hart, Jon. Man Versus Ball: One Ordinary Guy and His Extraordinary Sports Adventures. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, November 2015.

Hawkins, Billy; Cooper, Joseph; Carter-Francique, Akilah; Cavil, J. Kenyatta (eds.) The Athletic Experience at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Past, Present, and Persistence. Reviewed by Kristy L. McCray, May 2016.

Hayes, Kevin J. The Two-Wheeled World of George B. Thayer. Reviewed by Ari de Wilde, January 2016.

Henig, Adam. Under One Roof: The Yankees, the Cardinals, and a Doctor’s Battle to Integrate Spring Training. Review by Josh Howard, August 2016.

Henne, Kathryn E. Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, January 2016.

Hillman, Cory. American Sports in an Age of Consumption. Reviewed by Rich Loosbrock, April 2017.

Hines, James R. Figure Skating in the Formative Years: Singles, Pairs, and the Expanding Role of Women. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, November 2015.

Hoffmann, Melody L. Bike Lanes Are White Lanes: Bicycle Advocacy and Urban Planning. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, September 2016.

Iber, Jorge. Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography. Jefferson, North Carolina. Reviewed by Doug Wilson, June 2017.

Izenberg, Jerry. Rozelle: A Biography. Reviewed by Andrew D. Linden, August 2015.

Jacobus, Robert D. Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century. Reviewed by Alex Parrish, December 2016.

Johnson, Scott Morrow. Phog: The Most Influential Man in Basketball. Reviewed by Andrew McGregor, January 2017.

Keiderling, Kyle. Olympic Collision: The Story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd. Reviewed by Kristy McCray, February 2016.

Kimball, Richard Ian. Legends Never Die: Athletes and Their Afterlives in Modern America. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, July 2017.

King, C. Richard. Redskins: Insult and Brand. Reviewed by Andrew McGregor, March 2016.

Kirschbaum, Erik. Soccer without Borders: Jurgen Klinsmann, Coaching the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and the Quest for the World Cup. Reviewed by Cedrick G. Heraux, October 2016.

Klein, Alan. Dominican Baseball: New Pride, Old Prejudice. Reviewed by Dain TePoel, October 2014.

Kluck, Ted. Three-Week Professionals: Inside the 1987 NFL Players’ Strike. Reviewed by Kate Aguilar, October 2015.

Krüger, Michael, Becker, Christian, and Stefan Nielsen. German Sports, Doping, and Politics: A History of Performance Enhancement. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, May 2016.

Kryk, John. Stagg vs. Yost: The Birth of Cutthroat Football. Reviewed by Michael T. Wood, January 2016.

Lamb, Chris, ed. From Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Sports, Media, and the Color Line. Reviewed by Kate Aguilar, January 2016.

Landborn, Adair. Flamenco and Bullfighting: Movement, Passion and Risk in Two Spanish Traditions. Reviewed by Zachary R. Bigalke, March 2016.

Lansbury, Jennifer H. A Spectacular Leap: Black Women Athletes in Twentieth-Century America. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, December 2014.

LeBlanc, Diane, and Allys Swanson. Playing for Equality: Oral Histories of Women Leaders in the Early Years of Title IX. Reviewed by Erica Zonder, January 2017.

Leifer, Neil (with Diane K. Shah). Relentless: The Stories Behind the Photographs. Reviewed by Andrew R.M. Smith, November 2016.

Liberti, Rita, and, Maureen M. Smith. (Re)Presenting Wilma Rudolph. Reviewed by Cathryn Lucas, January 2016.

Liberti, Rita and Maureen M. Smith, eds. San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics, Recreation, and Community. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, June 2017.

Lisi, Clemente A. A History of the World Cup: 1930–2014. Reviewed by Benjamin Dettmar, December 2015.

Llewellyn Matthew P., and John Gleaves. The Rise and Fall of Olympic Amateurism. Reviewed by Benjamin Dettmar, January 2017.

Longhurst, James. Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, June 2016.

Luke, Bob. Integrating the Orioles: Baseball and Race in Baltimore. Reviewed by Chuck Westmoreland, April 2016.

Luther, Jessica. Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape. Reviewed by Noah Cohan, October 2016.

Marc, David.  Leveling the Playing Field: The Story of the Syracuse 8.  Reviewed by Matt Follett, January 2016.

McGregor, Robert Kuhn. A Calculus of Color: The Integration of Baseball’s American League. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, March 2016.

McNess, Matthew James. Sport Philosophy Now: The Culture of Sports after the Lance Armstrong Scandal. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, May 2016.

Messner, Michael A. and Musto, Michela. Child’s Play: Sport in Kids’ Worlds. Reviewed by Sam White, October 2016.

Miller, Jeffrey J. Pop Warner: A Life on the Gridiron. Reviewed by Kate Aguilar, March 2016.

Mumau, Thad. “Had ‘Em All the Way”: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates. Reviewed by Charles R. Westmoreland, February 2016.

Nathan, Daniel, Ed. Baltimore Sports: Stories from Charm City. Reviewed by Daniel Glen Hedrick, December 2016.

Nathanson, Mitchell. A People’s History of Baseball. Reviewed by Jorge Iber, February 2016.

Nelson, Murray R. Big Ten Basketball, 1943-1972. Reviewed by Andrew McGregor, March 2017.

Oates, Thomas P. and Zack Furness. The NFL: Critical and Cultural Perspectives. Reviewed by Andrew D. Linden, June 2015.

Oppenheim, Gabe. Boxing in Philadelphia: Tales of Struggle and Survival. Reviewed by Andrew R.M. Smith, March 2016.

Osmond, Gary, and Murray Phillips, eds. Sport History in the Digital Era. Reviewed by Andrew McGregor, September 2015.

Overmyer, James E. Black Ball and the Boardwalk: The Bacharach Giants of Atlantic City, 1916-1929. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, February 2016.

Pearson, Greg. Maybe Next Year: Long Suffering Fans and the Teams That Never Deliver.  Reviewed by Jorge Iber, June 2017.

Plott, William J. The Negro Southern League: A Baseball History, 1920-1951. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, February 2016.

Reck, Gregory G., and Bruce Allen Dick. American Soccer: History, Culture, Class. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, December 2015.

Reed, Eric. Selling the Yellow Jersey: The Tour de France in the Global Era. Reviewed by Cian Manning, September 2016.

Reeder, Lydia. Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team that Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, March 2017.

Regalado, Samuel O., and Sarah K. Fields, eds.  Sport and the Law: Historical and Cultural Intersections. Reviewed by Erica Zonder, May 2016.

Ross, Andrew J. Joining the Clubs: The Business of the National Hockey League to 1945. Reviewed by Tom Rorke, October 2015.

Ross, Charles K. Mavericks, Money, and Men: The AFL, Black Players, and the Evolution of Modern Football. By Andrew D. Linden, December 2016.

Ross, Robert B. The Great Baseball Revolt: The Rise and Fall of the 1890 Players League. Reviewed by Jorge Iber, July 2016.

Rowley, Christopher. The Shared Origins of Football, Rugby, and Soccer. Reviewed by Zachary R. Bigalke, October 2016.

Schultz, Brad, and Mary Lou Sheffer, eds. Sport and Religion in the Twenty-First Century. Reviewed by Alex Parrish, May 2016.

Schultz, Jaime. Moments of Impact: Injury, Racialized Memory, and Reconciliation in College Football. Reviewed by Matt Follett, April 2016.

Schultz, Jaime. Qualifying Times: Points of Change in U.S. Women’s Sport.  Reviewed by Bieke Gils, November 2015.

Seese, Dennis J. The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America: The Strange Days Of The United Soccer Association. Reviewed by Benjamin Dettmar, February 2016.

Shattuck, Debra A. Bloomer Girls:  Women Baseball Pioneers. Reviewed by Leslie Heaphy, March 2017.

Simpson, Kevin E. Soccer under the Swastika: Stories of Survival and Resistance During the Holocaust. Reviewed by Patrick Salkeld, June 2017.

Smith, Jay M., and Mary Willingham. Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports. Reviewed by Jorge Iber, November 2015.

Smith, Ronald A. Wounded Lions: Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky, and the Crises in Penn State Athletics. Reviewed by Colleen English, July 2016.

Smith, Steve. Forever Red: More Confessions of a Cornhusker Fan. Reviewed by Jorge Iber, March 2016.

Socolow, Michael J. Six Minutes in Berlin: Broadcast Spectacle and Rowing Gold at the Nazi Olympics. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, February 2017.

Soderholm-Difatte. The Golden Era of Major League Baseball: A Time of Transition and Integration. Reviewed by Sylvio Lynch III, May 2016.

Sotomayor, Antonio. The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico. Reviewed by Wesley R. Bishop, July 2016.

Spector, Mark. The Battle of Alberta: The Historic Rivalry between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. Reviewed by Anthony Calandrillo, February 2017.

Stark, Douglas. Wartime Basketball: The Emergence of a National Sport during World War II. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, November 2016.

Steinberg, Steve and Lyle Spatz. The Colonel and Hug: The Partnership That Transformed the New York Yankees. Reviewed by Brett L. Abrams, October 2015.

Stone, Duncan, John Hughson, and Rob Ellis (eds). New Directions in Sport History. Reviewed by Lindsay Parks Pieper, August 2015.

Sulecki, James C. The Cleveland Rams: The NFL Champions Who Left Too Soon. Reviewed by Russ Crawford, February 2017.

Surdam, David George. The Big Leagues Go to Washington: Congress and Sports Antitrust, 1951-1989. Reviewed by Aaron L. Haberman, October 2015.

Swanson, Krister. Baseball’s Power Shift: How the Players Union, the Fans, and the Media Changed American Sports Culture. Reviewed by Nick Sacco, May 2016.

Swanson, Ryan A. and David K. Wiggins, eds. Philly Sports: Teams, Games, and Athletes from Rocky’s Town. Reviewed by Cat Ariail, August 2016.

Swanson, Ryan A. When Baseball Went White: Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Dreams of a National Pastime. Reviewed by Dain TePoel, March 2016.

Tenney, John Darrin. Baseball in Territorial Arizona: A History, 1863-1912. Reviewed by Jorge Iber, November 2016.

Thomas, Damion L. Globetrotting: African American Athletes and Cold War Politics. Reviewed by Andrew D. Linden, January 2016.

Thrasher, Christopher David. Fight Sports and American Masculinity: Salvation in Violence from 1607 to the Present. Reviewed by Matt Hodler, September 2015.

Trembanis, Sarah. The Set-Up Men: Race, Culture, and Resistance in Black Baseball. Reviewed by Josh Howard, June 2015.

Trimbur, Lucia. Come Out Swinging: The Changing World of Boxing in Gleason’s Gym. Reviewed by Daryl Leeworthy, April 2016.

Trothen, Tracy J. Winning the Race? Religion, Hope, and Reshaping the Sport Enhancement Debate. Reviewed by Alex Parrish, October 2016.

Vogan, Travis. ESPN: The Making of a Sports Media Empire. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2015. Reviewed by Kyle R. King, December 2015.

Vogan, Travis. Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. Reviewed by Stephen Townsend, December 2015.

Walker, James. R. Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio. Reviewed by Hunter Hampton, October 2015.

Wangerin, David. Distant Corners: American Soccer’s History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes. Reviewed by Zachary R. Bigalke, September 2016.

Winter, Scott. Nebrasketball: Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise. Reviewed by Alex Parrish, March 2016.

Wolff, Alexander. The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama. Reviewed by Alexander Hyres, January 2016.

Young, William A. John Tortes “Chief” Meyers: A Baseball Biography. Reviewed by Andrew McGregor, October 2016.

Young, William A. J.L. Wilkinson and the Kansas City Monarchs: Trailblazers in Black Baseball. Reviewed by Josh Howard, January 2017.

Zagorski, Joe.  Forward by Rocky Bleier. The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football’s Most Important Decade. Reviewed by Rich Loosbrock, May 2017.

Sport History Rewind Reviews

Cahn, Susan K. Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Sport, 1994. Reviewed by Colleen English, August 2016.

Guttmann, Allen. A Whole New Ball Game: An Interpretation of American Sports, 1988. Reviewed by Andrew D. Linden, June 2016.

Guttmann, Allen. Women’s Sports: A History, 1991. Reviewed by Russ Crawford, August 2016.

James, C.L.R. Beyond a Boundary. Reviewed by Paul C. Hébert, November 2016.

Riess, Steven. City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports, 1991. Pp. 368. Notes and index. $28.00 paperback. Reviewed by Andrew D. Linden, April 2016.

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