How Baseball Explains America

How Baseball Explains America

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Examining the connection between baseball and our society as a whole, How Baseball Explains America is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind journey through America's pastime. Longtime USA TODAY baseball editor and columnist Hal Bodley explores just how essential baseball is to understanding the American experience. He takes readers into the Oval Office with George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as the former presidents share their thoughts on the game, he looks at the changes that America's Greatest Generation ushered in, as well as examining baseball's struggle with performance enhancing drugs alongside America's war on drugs. An unabashedly celebratory explanation of America's love affair with baseball and the men who make it possible, this work sheds light on topics such as the role Jackie Robinson's signing with the Dodgers played in the civil rights movement, how baseball's westward expansion mirrored the growth of our national economy, labor strife, baseball families, the international explosion of the game, and even the myriad ways in which movies, music, and baseball are intrinsically tied. It is a must read for anyone interested in more fully understanding not only the game but also the nation in which it thrives.He was 12 years old when Little League teams were formed in his hometown of Middletown. ... The Reds surged to their first NL pennant since 1940, but lost the World Series to the Yankees in five games. ... Jim Leyland, threetime Manager of the Year, who retired from the Tigers after the 2013 season with 1, 769 careeranbsp;...

Title:How Baseball Explains America
Author:Hal Bodley
Publisher:Triumph Books - 2014-05-01


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