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Why baseball matters, Susan Jacoby

Label
Why baseball matters
Title
Why baseball matters
Statement of responsibility
Susan Jacoby
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Baseball, first dubbed the "national pastime" in print in 1856, is the country's most tradition-bound sport. Despite remaining popular and profitable into the twenty-first century, the game is losing young fans, among African Americans and women as well as white men. Furthermore, baseball's greatest charm--a clockless suspension of time--is also its greatest liability in a culture of digital distraction. These paradoxes are explored by the historian and passionate baseball fan Susan Jacoby in a book that is both a love letter to the game and a tough-minded analysis of the current challenges to its special position--in reality and myth--in American culture. The concise but wide-ranging analysis moves from the Civil War--when many soldiers played ball in northern and southern prisoner-of-war camps--to interviews with top baseball officials and young men who prefer playing online "fantasy baseball" to attending real games. Revisiting her youthful days of watching televised baseball in her grandfather's bar, the author links her love of the game with the informal education she received in everything from baseball's history of racial segregation to pitch location. Jacoby argues forcefully that the major challenge to baseball today is a shortened attention span at odds with a long game in which great hitters fail two out of three times. Without sanitizing this basic problem, Why Baseball Matters remind us that the game has retained its grip on our hearts precisely because it has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to reinvent itself in times of immense social change
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Summary
Baseball, first dubbed the “national pastime” in print in 1856, is the country’s most tradition-bound sport. Despite remaining popular and profitable into the twenty-first century, the game is losing young fans, among African Americans and women as well as white men. Furthermore, baseball’s greatest charm—a clockless suspension of time—is also its greatest liability in a culture of digital distraction
Tone
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10638865
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jacoby, Susan
Dewey number
796.357
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Why x matters
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Baseball
  • Baseball
Target audience
adult
Label
Why baseball matters, Susan Jacoby
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1002129463
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xvi, 200 pages
Isbn
9780300224276
Lccn
2017952550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002129463
Label
Why baseball matters, Susan Jacoby
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1002129463
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xvi, 200 pages
Isbn
9780300224276
Lccn
2017952550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002129463

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