eBook American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313379890
  • ISBN-13: 9780313379895
  • DDC: 796.0973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 944 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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Overview

This collection blends historical and popular culture perspectives in its analysis of the development of sports and sports figures throughout American history. American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports is unique in that it focuses on how each sport has transformed and influenced society at large, demonstrating how sports and popular culture are intrinsically entwined and the ways they both reflect larger societal transformations.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Acknowledgments.
American History through American Sports.
1: Critical Issues.
2: America Plays: Sports in Colonial Times.
3: Holy Cow! How the Advent of Early Sports Broadcasting Dramatically Changed How Professional Sports Teams in the United States Are Marketed.
4: Sport as Spectacle: Early Athletes as Popular Cultural Icons.
5: Professional Sports: Big Money and Sports as an Industry.
6: Cables, Speakers, and Screens: The Development of Technology in Sports Broadcasting.
7: The Big Four.
8: The Greatest Running in Back Football History.
9: Baseball: The Nation's First National Pastime.
10: Jackie Robinson: The Patron Saint of American Sports.
11: The Yankee Dynasty.
12: The Babe: Reconsidering America's First Sports Legend.
13: A Concise History of Early Baseball.
14: Cobb's Ghost: An Argument for Baseball's Greatest Hitter.
15: Organized Chaos: The Early History of Professional Basketball.
16: Soccer on the Pond: Hockey's Role in Young America.
17: Outside the Lines.
18: Soccer's Own Goal: Immigration, Economics, and the Decline of American Soccer in the Early 1930s.
19: Fight Night: Boxing's Popularity in the Early Twentieth Century.
20: Reintroducing the Olympics: Making Track and Field Relevant.
21: The Tobacco Spittin', Moonshine Runnin' History of Early NASCAR.
22: Gentlemen, Start Your Engines: Early American Automobile Racing.
23: Mountain Bike: Californians Reinvent Bicycling.
Volume I Index.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Acknowledgments.
American History through American Sports.
1: Critical Issues.
2: ESPN: Television Transforms Sports Culture.
3: Spectacle: Creating Sports Icons in a Media-Saturated World.
4: Marvel Comics' Sports Comics in the First Half of the 1990s.
5: It's About the Shoe: Nike and the Endless Sneaker Wars.
6: Defense Wins Championships: Sports Philosophies and Folk Wisdom.
7: It's in the Game: The History of Sports Video Games.
8: The Big Four.
9: The Super in the Super Bowl.
10: Bowled Over: The BCS and the Ongoing National Champion Controversy.
11: My NFL: The Fantasy Football Craze.
12: More Than the Crack of the Bat: “Walk-on Music” and Popular Music in Major League Baseball.
13: Visualizing the National Pastime: Lew Fonseca and the Birth of the MLB Film Bureau.
14: Greg Maddux as Genius and the Sublimated Homosexual Desire of American Baseball Fans.
15: Saving the NBA: Bird, Magic, and Jordan Rescue Professional Basketball.
16: The Greatest One: Wayne Gretzky's Enduring Legacy.
17: Outside the Lines.
18: Soccer Moms and Football Dads: Sports and the Daily Life of American Youth.
19: When Pelé Was King: The Rise and Fall of the North American Soccer League.
20: Professional Wrestling: Creating America's Fight Culture.
21: The Gold: The Olympics in the Modern Age.
22: Tiny Dancers: Olympic Gymnastics Captivates the World.
23: Rubbing Is Racing: The New NASCAR.
24: Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, Let's Go Racing … Girls? Female NASCAR Drivers.
25: The Intimidator and Junior: The Legacy of the Earnhardts.
Volume II Index.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Acknowledgments.
American History through American Sports.
1: Critical Issues.
2: Wired: Sports and the Digital Age.
3: Social Media: Athletes, Teams, and Fans Collide Online.
4: Social Media, Spaghetti Westerns, and Modern Spectator Sports.
5: Doping: Deviant Behavior and the Consequences of Drugs in Professional Baseball.
6: The Demise of Amateur Sports: College Athletes in the Modern Age.
7: Out of Bounds: Professional Athletes, New Media, and Violence against Women in the Twenty-First Century.
8: The Big Four.
9: All Football All the Time: The Role of Media in the Rise of NFL Fanaticism.
10: The World's Game? Baseball and Globalization.
11: Why I Hate the Yankees.
12: LeBron James, ESPN, and the Decision.
13: The World Catches up: Basketball as a Global Game.
14: Banking on “Sid the Kid” and “Alex the Great”: The National Hockey League Turns to Two Young Stars as Its Saviors.
15: Do We Still Play on Ice: The NHL's Warm Weather Movement.
16: The Great Outdoor Game: NHL Finally Gets Marketing Right.
17: Outside the Lines.
18: “Beckhamania”: David Beckham's Evolution from Skilled Athlete to Global Superstar.
19: Don't Tread on Me: Soccer in the United States.
20: Reopening the Curtain on Rugby in America.
21: Digital Sports Fans, Lance Armstrong, and Virtual Communities.
22: Pushing the Limits: Ultramarathons, Ironman, and the Modern Athlete.
23: In the Octagon: Mixed Martial Arts Comes to Life.
24: Adrenaline Rush in a Bottle! The Growth and Mainstreaming of Extreme Sports.
About the Editors.
About the Contributors.
Volume III Index.