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Words That Make the Man: Major League Baseball, the Media, and American Manhood, 1945-1962

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dc.contributor.advisor yomes, Nancy en_US
dc.contributor.author O'Connell Gennari, Elizabeth en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of History en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:53:24Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:53:24Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/77714 en_US
dc.description 214 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract Baseball and the media have been linked throughout the American national pastime's history. Its rise as a professional game coincided with the Circulation Wars between Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, who used sports as one means of selling newspapers. The expansion of radio programming linked listeners across the nation, and made Babe Ruth one of the first national celebrities. Baseball likewise helped fill airspace in the early days of television, and allowed viewers unable (or unwilling) to attend a ballpark the opportunity to see players like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays perform. This dissertation examines the role of the media in promoting baseball and baseball players during the early years of the Cold War, 1945-1962. Print and broadcast media were essential to establishing and maintaining Major League Baseball's reputation as the American national pastime, and in the process, established standards for evaluating players' skills and behavior. These standards aligned with the dominant values of white, middle-class America, and gendered expectations of athletes. I analyze the different ways in which journalists and broadcasters approached baseball reporting and the ways in which the construction of the game story helped to build ballplayers' reputations. Although these reputations fell into a series of archetypes, they revealed cultural arbiters' criteria for proper masculine behavior in an era in which American character was scrutinized, debated, and defined. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh American history en_US
dc.subject.other baseball, broadcasting, masculinity, media, newspapers en_US
dc.title Words That Make the Man: Major League Baseball, the Media, and American Manhood, 1945-1962 en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Miller, Wilbur R en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Barnhart, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Nutter, Kathleen en_US


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