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Play Ball: The History, Culture & Politics of Baseball: Play Ball!

Play Ball: The History, Culture & Politics of Baseball

This research guide is part of a campus-wide curriculum on baseball, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Classes will explore the impact of baseball on the culture and history of America and beyond. Browse the content using the subject tabs above.

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Funded by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MWCC Humanities Project strengthens the college’s humanities curriculum; supports collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and research in the humanities; examines the intersection between the humanities and other academic disciplines; and engages MWCC and the community in the discussion of enduring themes from the world’s many cultures and traditions.

Play Ball!

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Play Ball celebrates America’s favorite pastime as it explores its complicated cultural history. But is it only America’s story? With nearly one third of players currently in the major league born outside of the United States, the story of baseball is as much a story of home runs and perfect games as it is a story of race, class, and gender. From the Negro League to a “League of One’s Own”; from steroids to sabermetrics; from Fenway Park to fields of dreams on foreign shores, the story of baseball is a global story; it is the story of all of us.

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