A History of the Baseball Fan
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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American League Athletics attending games Babe Ruth ball ballpark Barber base baseball fans baseball writers baseball’s batting average became betting Bill James bleacher Boston broadcast Brooklyn Dodgers Caray Cardinals cards career catcher Chadwick Chicago Cincinnati cities Cleveland club club’s Cobb crowd Cubs fans Curt Smith di›erent DiMaggio Dodgers fans Durocher e›ect e›orts early Ebbets Field fan favorite fielder gamblers gambling game’s Hall of Fame Harold Seymour Harry hitter home run ibid increased infielder John McGraw Landis League’s Louis loved major league baseball major league team manager Mel Ott Mickey National League newspapers o›ensive o›ered o‡cials Orioles outfielder owners pennant Phillies Pirates pitch pitchers play players Polo Grounds popular president radio Red Barber Red Sox reported right-hander rooters score Scully seven-game shortstop sportswriter Stadium statistics style team’s television Tigers today’s Total Baseball umpires Voigt Williams World Series wrote Yankees York Giants