FT 06-K Baseball, America, and the World
Melissa Butler, Department of Political Science
Baseball, once called "the national pastime," has been part of American culture from the earliest days of our nation. This tutorial will explore various aspects of the sport-its history, literature, economics, aesthetics, rules, rites, and rituals-and their impact on our culture. In addition to reading excellent books about baseball-e.g., Moneyball, Men at Work, Shades of Glory, The Natural, and viewing documentaries (e.g. Ken Burns' series, Baseball) and other films (e.g., Field of Dreams), we will attend a major league game in Cincinnati or Chicago. Finally, following on the heels of the 2006 World Baseball Classic, we'll look at baseball in global perspective. What happens when this "quintessentially American game" is exported to Asia and the Caribbean? What happens when the US is no longer dominant?