A History of the Baseball Fan

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McFarland, Jun 16, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 236 pages
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From the genesis of baseball in the 1840s, when so-called “kranks” cheered the teams of their choice, fans have been an ever-present component of the sport. As the number of fans has increased over the years, their influence has increased proportionally. Following the evolution of the game and its fans over more than a century, this book examines the role fans have played in the formation of modern baseball and the part the sport has played in the lives of its devotees. How have fans influenced, reacted to, or been affected by baseball’s changes through history? How do fans determine player popularity? Are there famous fans—and how do they manifest that interest? How has the evolution of baseball in the media, including newspapers, radio, and television, affected the fan base? The answers to these questions and more give a lively feel to this baseball history from a fan’s perspective. The final chapter sums up the fan’s importance to the sport of baseball.
 

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Contents

1 The Early Years
15
2 Coming of Age
26
3 Boom Depression War
40
4 PostWorld War II Expansion
59
5 Since Then
73
6 The Writers
84
7 Radio
101
8 Television
114
11 Attendance
152
12 Famous and Infamous Fans
164
13 Fans Impact on Games
180
14 The Fan as a Participant
192
15 Summing Up
202
Chapter Notes
207
Bibliography
217
Index
221

9 Player Popularity
127
10 Gambling
141

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About the author (2005)

The late Fred Stein was a retired federal official and environmental consultant and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research since 1976. He wrote written three books on the Giants and contributed articles to USA Today Baseball Weekly and the SABR publications. A native New Yorker, he lived in Springfield, Virginia.

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