By Neil D. Isaacs
From one hundred 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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Gestures, I suppose, or the dim outlines of faces, somethinganything, reallywith movements or features to which I could attach a larger-than-life quality. (courtesy of Tom MacDougal) The chatty nature of baseball reportage in those days encouraged that kind of popular mythologizing. Photos and caricatures and occasional interviews and what passed for public relations all supported the rather simplistic public assumptions and images of the game. It is one of the great ironies in our cultural history that the Black Sox scandal of 1919 changed public attitudes so little.
Isaacs. p. cm. ) and index. paper). ISBN 0-87805-772-2 (pbk. BaseballUnited StatesHistory. Title. 357 '092'2dc20 [B] 94-42700 CIP British Library Cataloging-in-Publication data available Page v To Josh and Emmi with love and parental pride Page vii Contents Preface ix Prologue The Importance of Being Batboy 1 Chapter One The Subculture of the Ballpark 15 Chapter Two Sacred Precincts 30 Chapter Three Rites of Initiation and Passage 52 Chapter Four The Calendar of Pilgrimage 82 Chapter Five The Central Pantheon 108 Chapter Six Ritual, Service, and Ethos 142 Chapter Seven Queer for the Yard 166 Epilogue The Conventional Batboy's Story 187 Appendix Firsthand Sources 199 Notes 205 Works Cited 211 Index 219 Page ix Preface The story of this study's origins is worth repeating.
Jim Sassetti had several radio and newspaper interviews during his five years batboying for the White Sox. But he is glad that he was not identified by name in the incident that got him the widest audienceon an NBC Saturday Game of the Week. With two men Page 7 on in the eighth inning at Comiskey Park, a wild pitch headed straight for him where he sat in a folding chair at the base of the screen, his position for his duties that day as home plate ballboy. Jim nimbly dodged out of the way, carrying the chair with him.
Batboys and the world of baseball by Neil D. Isaacs