This course is designed to study baseball's development within the context of American History. Since sport in America involves widespread political, social, economic, legal, and cultural issues, its study can illuminate numerous national and local historical themes.
This outline is a revised and expanded version of one developed for an introductory baseball history course presented at The Boston Center for Adult Education. It can be used as a framework for an independent course on baseball's past, or for a baseball history module in a general sport history class.
The course is divided into nine sections. The first seven are arrranged chronologically, reflecting baseball's major eras. Each provides the historical setting, major trends that impacted baseball, important baseball developments, special topics, and local aspects. As can be expected in a course first presented in the heart of Boston Red Sox country, this particular outline has a New England focus, but instructors in other regions can and should substitute topics of local interest. The last two sections cover baseball internationally and in terms of popular culture. The Resource Guide includes a sampling of important baseball history books, periodicals, organizations, and simulations. The one-volume histories by Alexander, Rader, and Voigt make appropriate textbooks for an introductory course.
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Baseball History Course Outline
Baseball History Resource Guide
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