Northern Sandlots: A Social History of Maritime Baseball

by Colin Howell

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division | May 5, 1995 | Trade Paperback

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Northern Sandlots is the story of the rise and fall of regional baseball on the northeast coast of North America. Colin Howell writes about the social and economic influence of baseball on community life in the Maritimes and New England during the past century, from its earliest spread from cities and towns into the countryside, to the advent of television, and the withering of local semi-pro leagues after the Second World War.

The history of sport is an important feature of the `new'' social history. Howell discusses how baseball has been deeply implicated in debates about class and gender, race and ethnicity, regionalism and nationalism, work and play, and the commercialization of leisure. Baseball''s often overlooked connection to medical and religious discourse is also explored.

Howell begins with the game''s earliest days when it was being molded by progressive reformers to meet what they considered to be the needs of an emerging industrial society. He then turns to the interwar years when baseball in the Maritimes became strictly amateur, revealing an emerging sense of community solidarity and regional identity. The game flourished at the community level after the Second World War, before it eventually succumbed to the new, commodified, and nationally marketed sporting culture that accompanied the development of the modern consumer society. Finally, Howell shows that fundamental changes in the nature of capitalism after the war, and in the economic and social reality of small towns and cities, hastened the death of a century-long tradition of competitive, community-level baseball.

Howell has written an informative and insightful social history that examines the transformation of Maritime community life from the 1860s to the late twentieth century.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.55 × 2.37 × 0.29 in

Published: May 5, 1995

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802069428

ISBN - 13: 9780802069429

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Northern Sandlots: A Social History of Maritime Baseball

by Colin Howell

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.55 × 2.37 × 0.29 in

Published: May 5, 1995

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802069428

ISBN - 13: 9780802069429

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Northern Sandlots is the story of the rise and fall of regional baseball on the northeast coast of North America. Colin Howell writes about the social and economic influence of baseball on community life in the Maritimes and New England during the past century, from its earliest spread from cities and towns into the countryside, to the advent of television, and the withering of local semi-pro leagues after the Second World War.

The history of sport is an important feature of the `new'' social history. Howell discusses how baseball has been deeply implicated in debates about class and gender, race and ethnicity, regionalism and nationalism, work and play, and the commercialization of leisure. Baseball''s often overlooked connection to medical and religious discourse is also explored.

Howell begins with the game''s earliest days when it was being molded by progressive reformers to meet what they considered to be the needs of an emerging industrial society. He then turns to the interwar years when baseball in the Maritimes became strictly amateur, revealing an emerging sense of community solidarity and regional identity. The game flourished at the community level after the Second World War, before it eventually succumbed to the new, commodified, and nationally marketed sporting culture that accompanied the development of the modern consumer society. Finally, Howell shows that fundamental changes in the nature of capitalism after the war, and in the economic and social reality of small towns and cities, hastened the death of a century-long tradition of competitive, community-level baseball.

Howell has written an informative and insightful social history that examines the transformation of Maritime community life from the 1860s to the late twentieth century.

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Northern Sandlots is the story of the rise and fall of regional baseball on the north-east coast of North America. Colin Howell writes about the social and economic influence of baseball on community life in the Maritimes and New England during the past century, from its earliest spread from cities and towns into the countryside, to the advent of television, and the withering of local semi-pro leagues after the Second World War. The history of sport is an important feature of the ''new'' social history. Howell discusses how baseball has been deeply implicated in debates about class and gender, race and ethnicity, regionalism and nationalism, work and play, and the commercialization of leisure. Baseball''s often overlooked connection to medical and religious discourse is also explored.

About the Author

Colin Howell is Professor of History, Saint Mary''s University.

From Our Editors

Northern Sandlots is the story of the rise and fall of regional baseball on the north-east coast of North America. Colin Howell writes about the social and economic influence of baseball on community life in the Maritimes and New England during the past century, from its earliest spread from cities and towns into the countryside, to the advent of television, and the withering of local semi-pro leagues after the Second World War. The history of sport is an important feature of the 'new' social history. Howell discusses how baseball has been deeply implicated in debates about class and gender, race and ethnicity, regionalism and nationalism, work and play, and the commercialization of leisure. Baseball's often overlooked connection to medical and religious discourse is also explored.

Editorial Reviews

''In Northern Sandlots, [C.D. Howell] centres on the rise of baseball not only in the world of local and North American sport, but also in the major social, economic and cultural events and influences on the Maritime region over the past 125 years... The story is of the rich heritage of the baseball itself: the contest, players, managers, owners, towns, fans and their teams. The research is impressive.''

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