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Steve Gietschier

Steve Gietschier taught history to undergraduates for eleven years, including courses on the history of American sport and the relationship between baseball history and American culture. Before that, he worked for The Sporting News for twenty-two years, developing The Sporting News Research Center into an important destination for baseball researchers. He earned his bachelor's degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and his master's and doctorate from the History Department at The Ohio State University.

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20th Century Baseball History

American Sport History

20th Century U.S. Social & Cultural History

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Understanding Baseball: A Textbook

The study of baseball history and culture shows the national pastime to be a forum of debate where issues of sport, labor, race, character and the ethics of work and play are decided. An understanding of baseball calls for consideration of different perspectives. This very readable textbook offers insights into baseball history as a subject worthy of scholarly attention. Each chapter introduces a specific disciplinary approach--history, economics, media, law and fiction--and poses representative questions scholars from these fields would consider..


Replays, Rivalries and Rumbles

What were the iconic sports moments of the last century? In Replays, Rivalries, and Rumbles , a team of sports aficionados climb onto their bar stools to address that never-solved but essential question. Triumphs and turning points, rivalries and record-setters ”each chapter tracks down the real story behind the epic moments and legendary careers sports fans love to debate. Topics include Abner Doubleday and the origins of baseball; the era-defining 1979 duel between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson; how Denver and Cleveland relive The Drive; the myths surrounding the Ali-Foreman Rumble in the Jungle; Billie Jean King's schooling of Bobby Riggs; the Miracle on Ice; and ESPN's conquest of the sports world. Filled with eye-opening lore and analysis, Replays, Rivalries, and Rumbles is an entertaining look at what we think we know about sports.

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