APP Lecture: Baseball in American Culture
Baseball first popped up in the American culture in the mid-19th century but it was not until the mid-1880s that baseball achieved a level of prominence away from the field. “Casey at the Bat” was a poem that appeared in the San Francisco Examiner and took on a life of its own. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is still sung 110 years after it was written. Abbott and Costello’s biggest routine was “Who’s on First.” Baseball has been a subject in books, on vaudeville stages, in a Broadway play, in song, in movies and television. Baseball cards played a role in kids growing up and Yogi Berra became an American icon
About the Speaker
Evan Weiner currently writes for the Daily Beast and is a frequent TV guest. He has written eight books about the business and politics of sports.
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