Batter Up: An Academic Look at America’s Pastime Through Alliant’s Books and Dissertations

Thousands of baseball fans will be turning out at stadiums around the country this week for Opening Day games along with their attendant festivities of ceremonial first pitches. If you’re a dyed in the wool fan of the nation’s pastime who finds yourself unable to attend one of these events, there’s no need to pine away or fret. We’ve got you covered with some heavy hitting immersion in all things baseball. While I can’t guarantee the same exuberance and merriment that a crowd of rabid fellow travelers might offer, our collection of baseball materials will delight in unexpected ways.

You’ll find electronic books that cover legal aspects of the game such as, Baseball on Trial: The Origin of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption, by Nathaniel Grow, and those that address discrimination of Japanese Americans, whose players’ love of the game were relegated solely to amateur play as described in Samuel O. Regalado’s Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players From Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues. Segregation of African Americans is the focus of a number of titles, including, Black Baseball, Black Business: Race Enterprise and the Fate of the Segregated Dollar, by Roberta J. Newman and Joel Nathan Rosen.

We even have a few hard copies of books geared toward the younger set, including a biography on Willie Mays and historical fiction accounts of Jackie Robinson acting as catalyst for characters’ growth in two titles, Thank you, Jackie Robinson and Bette Bao Lord’s 1984 kid lit classic page turner, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.

Finally, there is an intriguing collection of Alliant theses and dissertations on the topic of baseball. Interested in delving into the psyche of a baby boomer little leaguer? Try this 1958 thesis, authored by Charles R. Coover of our Cal Western University legacy institution, entitled, A study in the Evaluation of Little League Baseball. Need something a little more contemporary? How about this 2015 dissertation from Alliant San Diego Student, Alix Landon, Acquisition and Effectiveness of Coping Strategies Used by Professional Baseball Players to Manage Anxiety and Attentional Control: A Qualitative Study. The study examines populations of both minor and major league players. How about one from USIU student, Greene Farmer, Jr., whose 1975 study of the segregated “Negro Leagues” is so uniquely distinct that it holds a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum library in Cooperstown, New York. Its title is Social Implications of Black Professional Baseball in the United States. The author played both professional baseball and basketball in an era of segregated teams. His study covers the years 1867-1952.

Whatever your interest in the game is, you can find more titles and resources in the library’s catalog. Type the keyword baseball in the search box. 

Greene Farmer, Jr. sources: Arkansas Baseball Encyclopedia and

See the Baseball Hall of Fame catalog entry here


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