The histories of baseball and our country are inextricably linked. Are many of the changes in American culture reﬂected ﬁrst in baseball or does baseball mirror the changes? Noted historian Jacques Barzun stated, “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball...”
This course will cover the societal and cultural aspects of baseball, and look at the game as seen in art, movies, literature, and pop culture. Other aspects of the game to be explored include breaking the color line and the post-WWII westward movement. Discussion about the business of the game will include the anti-trust exemption, the reserve clause, the impact of free agency, and the role of the media.
Suggested Reading: Baseball and American Culture by John Rossi