Rounding the Bases Paperback

Baseball and Religion in America

by Joseph L Price;

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Rounding the Bases

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After identifying early conflicts between churches and baseball in the late-nineteenth century, Price examines the appropriation of baseball by the House of David, an early twentieth-century millennial Protestant community in southern Michigan. Turning then from historical intersections between base-ball and religion, two chapters focus on the ways that baseball reflects religious myths. First, the omphalos myth about the origin and ordering of the world is reflected in the rituals and rules of the game. Then the myth of curses is explored in the culture of superstition that underlies the game. At the heart of the book is a sustained argument about how baseball functions as an American civil religion, affirming and sanctifying American identity, especially during periods of national crises such as wars and terrorist attacks. In various ways Rounding the Bases charts new territory in the literature about baseball and religion.

Rounding the Bases by Joseph L Price was published by Mercer University Press in July 2015. The ISBN for Rounding the Bases is 9780881460407.

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Details for Rounding the Bases

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherMercer University Press (July 2015)
Number of Pages272
Thickness16 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4325631
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