examines the myths as well as the realities, symbols, and rituals of
"America's favorite pastime."
details the relationships among urban politics,
communities, and baseball, exploring how debates over issues such as
Sunday games, ballpark construction, and the promotion of the game were
shaped by Progressive Era sensibilities.
Focusing on Atlanta, New York, and Chicago, Riess analyzes the
spectators, owners, and players to evaluate how baseball both
influenced and mirrored broader society.
Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era
by Steven A. Riess
of Illinois Press, 1999