Male Culture: Owners, Chokers, and Dumb Kids

Carl E. Prince

in Brooklyn's Dodgers

Published in print January 1998 | ISBN: 9780195115789
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854066 | DOI:
Male Culture: Owners, Chokers, and Dumb Kids

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Dixie Walkers is introduced in this chapter. He was a classic product of time and place. He had a solid, long-lived major-league career, but not quite of the Hall of Fame quality. He was from the Deep South and an intelligent man of the Great Depression. Baseball magnates and their field managers found great advantage in perpetuating the myth that players were boys playing a game. Choking was a male athlete's worst nightmare, and it was very much a part of baseball mythology. The truth is if those “jocks” on the Dodgers were as dumb and juvenile, as gutless and choke-prone as they were made out to be, there was no way they could have persevered so consistently as a team. That the Dodgers had always to redeem their manhood before the public was a travesty, a game within a cynical business.

Keywords: Hall of Fame; Great Depression; managers; jocks; gutless; manhood

Chapter.  6345 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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