The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted The American Way Abroad

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Robert Elias
New York : The New Press, ©2010.
Year Published
Call Number
GV867.64 E45 2010
ISBN Number
9781595581952 1595581952
"The Empire Strikes Out gives us the sweeping story of how baseball and America are intertwined in the export of "the American way." Is the face of American baseball throughout the world that of goodwill ambassador or ugly American? Has baseball crafted its own image or instead been at the mercy of broader forces shaping our society and the globe?" "Mixing sharp political analysis and compelling baseball lore, here is an eye-opening look at baseball's relationship to American empire, from the Revolutionary era to the present day. The Empire Strikes Out describes baseball's role in the expanding American empire, first at home and then beyond our shores. And from Albert Spalding and baseball's first World Tour to Bud Selig and the World Baseball Classic, we witness the globalization of America's national pastime and baseball's role in spreading the American dream."