Review of Tennis: A Cultural History

Gillmeister, Heiner. Tennis: A Cultural History. 2nd Edition. Bristol, CT: Equinox, 2017. Pp. xvi+599. Notes, bibliography, illustrated sources, index. $45 paperback. Reviewed by Robert J. Lake In 1997, when Heiner Gillmeister brought out his first edition of Tennis: A Cultural History, there was very little else on the market in terms of tennis history texts.…

Roundtable on the Cancelled Sport History Course at North Carolina

By Andrew McGregor Recently the University of North Carolina (UNC) cancelled history professor Jay Smith’s class “Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes, 1956-Present.” The Daily Tar Heel reported that the department was “under pressure from the college to cancel the class to prevent students from learning about the University’s recent scandals.”  His colleagues…

Review of American Sports in the Age of Consumption

Hillman, Cory. American Sports in an Age of Consumption. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016.   Pp. 204.  Notes, References, Index.  $29.95 softcover. Reviewed by Rich Loosbrock Not even a casual observer of American sports could fail to see the element of consumption at any major sporting event.  Jumbotrons scream at the spectators, splashing constant advertisements amidst the…

Baseball Myths in Trump’s America

By Katherine Walden Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2017 season began over the weekend, with the reigning World Series Champion Chicago Cubs falling in the bottom of the 9th to their National League Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis expats in Cubs fan territory rejoiced. Elsewhere, San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner hit two…

Review of The Cinema of Hockey

Cermak, Iri. The Cinema of Hockey: Four Decades of the Game on Screen. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2017. Pps. 333. Filmography, bibliography, and index. $39.95 paperback. Review by Nick Sacco Professional hockey’s popularity has grown immensely over the past thirty years, evolving from a fringe sport to one of the “big…

Review of Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers

Fallon, Michael. Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. 472 pp. Notes and index.  $34.95 (clothback). Reviewed by Tolga Ozyurtcu “I’m recording the game.  Please, no spoilers.”  More than getting students to do the reading, even more than whatever it is the Lakers are purportedly doing, this is…