Baseball and Modern America
Lecture 1 - W 3:00 - 5:30 Herter 231
Lecture 2 - Th 12:00 - 2:30 JFK 508*
Lecture 3 - Th 3:00 - 5:30 Gray 104*
Lecture 4 - Th 7:00 - 9:30 Wash 508*
(*offered via TV)
Discussions:9 Friday Sections
3 Monday Sections
Professors: William Sutton, Sport Studies (Coordinating Professor)
William Strickland, Afro-American Studies
Ron Story, History
Jerry Mileur, Political Science
1 paper (10 pages)
Mark Ribowsky, The Power and The Darkness
Jules Tygiel, Baseballís Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy.
Jackie Robinson, I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography.
Hank Aaron with Lonnie Wheeler, I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story.
G. Edward White, Creating the National Pastime.
September 24 - Keynote Address: Leonard Coleman, President, National League, 8:00 PM, Bowker Auditorium, UMASS.
November 6 - CrossWorlds Conversation: Joe Morgan & Bill Lee.
8:00 PM, Bowker Auditorium, UMASS (ticket event).
September 4 & 5 - Introduction to the Course
A. Sutton: Introduction to the Course
Video: Baseball & Modern America
B. Sutton: Introduction
Video: Ken Burns, ìBaseballî
Panel: Four instructors
September 11 & 12 - In The Beginning: 19th Century Origins of Baseball
History of baseball from gentlemanís sport to professionalism, history of U.S. from slavery to Jim Crow: American life and sports.
A. Strickland: from Civil War to Jim Crow
Video: Ken Burns, ìOriginsî
B. Crossett: ìFleetwood Walkerî
Readings: Jules Tygiel, Baseballís Great Experiment, Chapter 2
W.E.B. DuBois, Black Reconstruction, Chapter 1 (reader)
Eric Foner, A Short History of Reconstruction, Chapters 4, 5, 12, Epilogue (reader)
September 18 & 19 - Baseball: A House Divided
Parallel development of white leagues and Negro leagues. The torments of the major leagues (the Federal league challenge; gambling and the Black Sox). The Star System: Babe Ruth, Josh Gibson.
Guest speaker: John ìBuckî OíNeil
A. Story: Baseball in early 20th century with slides/video mix: Federal League, Black Sox, Star System, Negro Leagues
B. Guest: John ìBuckî OíNeil
Readings: G. Edward White, Creating the National Pastime, Chapters 3 & 4
Ribowsky, The Power and The Darkness, Chapters 1 - 7
Jules Tygiel, Baseballís Great Experiment, Chapters 1 & 3
Ron Story, ìThe Country of the Youngî (reader)
Ron Story, ìBlack Sox Scandalî (reader)
September 25 & 26 - The Invisible Game
History of the Negro Leagues, the style of black baseball and its stars. Blacks and whites together: barnstorming.
Guest Speaker: Bob Feller
A. Video: ìKings on the Hillî
Sutton: Pittsburgh Crawfords
B. Guest: Bob Feller
Readings: Ribowsky, The Power and The Darkness, Chapters 8 - 17
Rob Ruck, ìProfessional Black Sport and Cum Poseyî (reader)
Rob Ruck, ìGus Greenlee, Black Pittsburghís ëMr. Bigíî (reader)
October 2 & 3 - The Pressure for Integrating Baseball Builds
Black movement to the North (black middle class, music, artists, newspapers). WWII and the changing roles for blacks and women. Anti-communism in post-war America.
A. Mileur: Communism and post-War politics
B. Story: WWII and changing roles, minority & women
Readings: Jackie Robinson, I Never Had it Made, Chapter 1
Mackenzie, ìThe New Landscape of American Lifeî (reader)
October 9 & 10 - Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson
Who is Jackie Robinson? Why him? Who is Branch Rickey? Why him?
Guest Speaker: Branch Rickey, III
A. Mileur: Who is Jackie Robinson?
Mileur: Who is Branch Rickey?
B. Guest: Branch Rickey, III
Readings: Jackie Robinson, I Never Had it Made, Chapters 2 & 3
Jules Tygiel, Baseballís Great Experiment, Chapters 4 & 5
October 16 & 17 - Robinson Enters the Game: A Black in a White World
(Wednesday class meets at 7:00 PM: Herter 231)
Robinsonís time in Montreal, his first year in Brooklyn. Rachel Robinsonís story.
A. Story: Robinson in Montreal
B. Video: ìThe Jackie Robinson Storyî
Video: Ken Burns, ìBrooklynî
Readings: Jules Tygiel, The Great Experiment, Chapters 6 - 9
Jackie Robinson, I Never Had it Made, Chapter 4
October 23 & 24 - The ìGreat Experimentî is Tested
The early year of integration in the majors (1947-48). Turning the corner (1949, ë50, ë51).
Guest Speaker: Larry Doby
A. Sutton: Robinson the ìrookieî
Sutton: the other rookies of ë47
B. Guest: Larry Doby
Readings: Jules Tygiel, The Great Experiment, Chapters 10 - 12
Jackie Robinson, I Never Had it Made, Chapters 5 - 6
Black Writers/Black Baseball (reader)
October 30 & 31 - Jackie, Brooklyn, and the ìBoys of Summerî
Baseball and Brooklyn. The play of the game changes: Jackie on the basepaths.
Guest Speaker: Don Newcombe
A. Story: New York era and baseball
Story: Jackie on the basepaths
B. Guest: Don Newcombe
Readings: Jules Tygiel, The Great Experiment, Chapters 13 - 17
Jackie Robinson, I Never Had it Made, Chapters 7 - 9
November 6 & 7 - The ìExperimentî Succeeds
More black players in more cities; the hold out cities. Death of the Negro Leagues. The further challenge: The minor leagues and the South.
Guest Speakers: Joe Morgan and Bill Lee
A. Sutton: more minority players, more cities
Sutton: the Latin American connection
Sutton: the Negro Leagues die
B. Guests: Joe Morgan, Bill Lee
Readings: To Be Assigned
November 13 & 14 - Politics, Society and Race in Post-War America
Political changes: the Democrats and race. Suburbs & the west, television & mass media.
Guest Speaker: Ivan Dixon
A. Strickland: race & society in post-war America
Video: ìNothing But a Manî
B. Guest: Ivan Dixon
Readings: Jackie Robinson, I Never Had it Made, Chapters 10 - 24
November 20 & 21 - The Game Changes
Franchise movement: The ìLAî Dodgers. Professional football, basketball emerge as competitors with baseball. Anti-trust challenges, radio, television and the game.
Guest Speaker: Gene Kirby
A. Mileur: the playing field(s) change
Mileur: baseball broadcasted
B. Guest: Gene Kirby
Readings: Sullivan, Dodgers Move West, Chapters 3 - 7 (reader)
White, Creating the National Pastime, Chapters 6 & 7
December 4 & 5 - Great Times Coming
Content: Jackie Robinson retires and looks to future. Old politics and new: Robinson and the civil rights movement.
A. Sutton: Robinson retires, looks to future; a new generation of African- & Latin-American stars
B. Video: ìThe Hank Aaron Storyî
Readings: Aaron, I Had a Hammer, Chapters 1 - 6
December 11 & 12 - Reflections on Change: America and Baseball
Cold War, third world, & minority politics in America. Blacks, baseball and the new America.
Guest Speaker: Bob Veale
A. Sutton: baseball & a new American culture
Panel: Four instructors
B. Guest: Bob Veale
Panel: Four instructors
Readings: Aaron, I Had a Hammer, Chapters 7 - 12
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