Review of Ty Cobb Unleashed

Rosenberg, Howard W. Ty Cobb Unleashed: The Definitive Biography of the Chastened Racist. Tile Books, 2018. Pp. 544. Appendixes, bibliography, notes. $32 hardback. Reviewed by Bob D’Angelo When writing about baseball history, Howard W. Rosenberg marches to the beat of his own drum. When he published his first of four books about Hall of Famer…

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…

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…

Sport and Society – Donald Hall and Baseball

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 June 26, 2018. A full archive of his Crepeau’s columns can be found by clicking here. The former Poet Laureate of the United States, Donald Hall, died last weekend at the age of 89 at his…

Review of The Integration of the Pacific Coast League

Essington, Amy. The Integration of the Pacific Coast League: Race and Baseball on the West Coast. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018. Pp. 162. Afterword, appendix, notes, and bibliography. $19.95 paperback. Reviewed by Bob D’Angelo Jackie Robinson’s heroic struggle in breaking the color line in the modern era of major league baseball has been told…

Review of From the Dugouts to the Trenches

Leeke, Jim. From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War. University of Nebraska Press, 2017. PP. xii + 238. Notes, bibliography, index, photos, $32.95 hardback. Reviewed by Doug Wilson World War I was a new kind of war, one that touched on every phase of life around the world.  It demanded an…

Review of National Pastime: U.S. History through Baseball

Babicz, Martin C. and Thomas W. Zeiler, National Pastime: U.S. History through Baseball (Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield, 2017). Reviewed by Jorge Iber Martin Babicz and Thomas Zeiler’s National Pastime: U.S. History through Baseball seeks to present readers with a single tome that uses the sport as a mechanism with which to examine and clarify…