Program Details

Baseball in the American Culture

Instructor
Evan Weiner
FSD11181

Course Description

Baseball first popped up in the American culture in the mid-19th century, but it was not until the mid-1880s that baseball achieved 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 111 years after it was written. Abbott and Costello’s most extensive 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 on television. Baseball cards played a role in kids growing up. Yogi Berra became an American icon with his baseball appearances; he did not look like a player in TV commercials and cameos in the 1950s. This lecture looks at the game of baseball through a cultural lens. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of baseball's long-running impact on the American experience. Weiner will be providing this lecture through zoom and be presented on a large screen. Attendees must attend in person. Space is limited.

About the Instructor

  • Journalist Evan Weiner is a recognized global expert of the "Politics of Sports Business". He has a daily video podcast called "The Politics of Sports Business". He has been a radio commentator, and TV pundit on MSNBC, NewsMax, and ABC, he is also an author of nine books and is a frequent college speaker. In 2015, Weiner was featured in the documentary, “The Sons of Ben" about the economic fall of Chester, Pennsylvania, and how the city thought a soccer team would be a key to economic revival.