Ball Tales: A Study of Baseball, Basketball and Football Fiction of the 1930s through 1960s

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McFarland, Nov 26, 2014 - Sports & Recreation - 287 pages
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This history of American sports fiction traces depictions of baseball, basketball and football in works for all age levels from early dime novels through the 1960s. Chapters cover dime novel heroes Frank and Dick Merriwell; the explosion of sports novels before World War II and its influence on the authors who later wrote for baby boom readers; how sports novels persisted during the Great Depression; the rise and decline of sports pulps; why sports comics failed; postwar heroes Chip Hilton and Bronc Burnett; the lack of sports fiction for females; Duane Decker's Blue Sox books; and the classic John R. Tunis novels. Appendices list sports pulp titles and comic books featuring sports fiction.

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TwoThe Great Pulp Sports Rally During the Depression
ThreeWhen College Football Was King on Film
FiveThe Man Who Beat Merriwell
SixSports Fiction Strikes Out in the Comic Books
Chip Hilton and Bronc Burnett
EightDuane Deckers Unique Blue Sox Series
NineThe Sports Series AlsoRans
ElevenThe Prolific Sports Fiction Authors
The Girls of Central High
ThirteenSports Short Stories for Young and Old
Appendix ASports Pulp Magazines

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Michelle Nolan has been a newspaper and magazine feature writer for more than 50 years. She received an Inkpot Award for her work as a comics and pop cultural historian and entrepreneur. She has written more than 12,000 published articles in newspapers and magazines along with contributions to dozens of books. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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