By Neil D. Isaacs
From a hundred and seventy interviews Neil D. Isaacs gains first-hand tales of batboys who served in the course of 9 many years of baseball. In chronicling them he indicates how fact neutralizes illusions and the way conventions of the game implement lifelong values.
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Jacques Barzun famously instructed, "Whoever desires to be aware of the center and brain of the United States had larger examine baseball . .. " much less famous, even though, is the remainder of his admonition: ". .. and do it by means of observing first a few highschool and small city groups. "
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Conventional wisdom has it that baseball is a significant reflection of American culture or is at least a commemoration of our pastoral heritage (which exists only in nostalgic dreams, but is no less treasured for that). But it seems to me that baseball is a subculture unto itself, that it derives its power, its appeal, its magical mystery properties from the very fact of its isolation from the culture at large. " In recent decades the term subculture has taken on special meaning in the field of culture study.
But it seems to me that baseball is a subculture unto itself, that it derives its power, its appeal, its magical mystery properties from the very fact of its isolation from the culture at large. " In recent decades the term subculture has taken on special meaning in the field of culture study. " We are relying, in the first place, on a definition of culture derived from anthropology. In Raymond Williams's "social" definition, culture is a "description of a particular way of life which expresses certain meanings and values not only in art and learning, but also in institutions and ordinary behaviour.
I would also argue that the separation is what makes baseball an attractive subject for writers of every stripe. Listening to the stories of batboys, one hears not only bits and pieces of the mystique that attaches to the sacred world of the game but also strains of the mythology through which the media have developed, institutionalized, embroidered, and reinvented that mystique. Trying to articulate his feelings about the game, for example, batboy Mike Mullane refers to a passage from Roger Kahn, whose creative nonfiction Boys of Summer has become part of a universal frame of baseball reference but whose Seventh Game is a forgettable novel.