SPS 352 - History and Social Impact of Baseball (HS 352)
 
(3 cr.) This course covers the role of baseball both as an agent and as a reflector of social change in America from the mid-19th century to the present. While developments and activities on the field are not ignored, greater emphasis is placed on events surrounding the game. Topics include the racism of the 1880s; the transition from a pastoral pastime to a billion-dollar industry; the role of baseball in the assimilation of immigrants; the development of the Negro Leagues and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; the Jackie Robinson experiment; the growth of unionization in the sport and the most recent Latino wave of players. Students explore how each of these developments is embedded in and reflective of the larger culture. Prerequisite: SPS 101; Every Year, Spring
 
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