A Comparative Anthology of Baseball Around the World
The Many Different Meanings of the Game
This book is an overview of the origins of baseball in America in the 19th century, building on the bat and ball games in England and earlier elsewhere, and its rapid spread around the world from that time until the present. This book provides a cultural perspective in which "America's past time" is discussed, and how it became so in the context of issues, such as gender, race, and ethnicity.
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"The intrusion of baseball into America's popular culture has been profound, including examples such as a left-handed pitcher is a 'south paw' and to bunt is to 'lay one down'... baseball spread around the world involves cultural factors... We learn of fascinating ball players who have captured the imagination of their nations..." - Professor Philip L. Kilbride, Bryn Mawr College"