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 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…

Sport and Society-Catching Up

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 May 10, 2018. A full archive of his Crepeau’s columns can be found by clicking here. By Richard C. Crepeau It has been several weeks since I have taken to the computer to attempt another of…

50 Years Ago the Royals Helped Kansas City Redefine Itself

By Andrew McGregor It wasn’t a strike, but the crowd didn’t mind. The 17,688 in attendance on that gray, cloudy Tuesday afternoon could not contain their enthusiasm. As the ball sailed towards home plate, they stood and roared. Senator Stuart Symington had delivered on his promise, and now, with his first pitch, baseball had officially…

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…

Black or Latin/o? Complicating Narratives of Race, Ethnicity, and Progress at the NBHOF

By Jorge E. Moraga Introduction: Your 2016 Baseball Hall of Famers… On July 27th, retired Major League Baseball (MLB) players George Kenneth “Ken” “Junior” “The Kid” Griffey Jr. and Michael Joseph “Mike” Piazza joined the ranks of baseball’s most elite club. In a near unanimous decision, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted in…