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Political Culture: Reds and Dodger Blue

Carl E. Prince

in Brooklyn's Dodgers

Published in print January 1998 | ISBN: 9780195115789
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854066 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115789.003.0002
Political Culture: Reds and Dodger Blue

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This chapter discusses major-league baseball's preoccupation with American politics and the reason behind it. The Dodgers were dubbed the most overtly political sports team of the post-war decade. The chapter also emphasizes how anti-communism permeated the Dodgers' locker room and office. Baseball is described as something that evokes nostalgia for a mythic vanished America. The chapter defines how the game affects the nostalgia of America and describes how Jackie Robinson incarnated the baseball ethic by relating it to American values.

Keywords: major league; politics; anti-communism; nostalgia; metaphor

Chapter.  8150 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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