A Whole New Ball Game: An Interpretation of American Sports

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UNC Press Books, 1988 - Sports & Recreation - 243 pages
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Sports in America, particularly big-time collegiate and professional sports, have never been more popular. Modern sports events bring us breathtaking demonstrations of grace and power and provide the focal point for the leisure time of hundreds of thousan
 

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Contents

Introductory Definitions and Paradigms
1
PreColumbian Sports
13
The Sacred and the Secular
14
Puritans at Play?
23
Puritan Attitudes and Actions
26
The Southerner as Sportsman
35
Cockfights
38
Horse Races
41
The Anomaly of Intercollegiate Athletics
101
Corruption
103
Reform
114
Black Athletes
119
Residual Racism
132
Womens Sports
139
The Search for an Alternative Model
147
The Liberation of the Female Athlete?
149

The Souths Contribution to Modern Sports
45
The National Game
51
Baseball Social Class and Fair Play
55
The Game The Ghetto and the Boss
58
Flood v Kuhn Versus Common Sense
63
Muscular Christianity and the Point Spread
70
The Permanent Crisis
74
Marvels of the Point Spread
78
Childrens Play from Jacksons Island to the Little Leagues
82
The Sixyearold Champions
91
The Destruction of the Body
159
The Cocain Culture
169
The Rejection of Modern Sports
173
The Critique of Modern Sports
181
The Future of American Sports
185
Notes
191
Bibliographical Essay
209
Index
221
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Allan Guttmann is author of From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports, Sports Spectators, and The Games Must Go On: Avery Brundage and the Olympic Movement.

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