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Title Ty Cobb, baseball, and American manhood / Steven Elliott Tripp.
Author Tripp, Steven Elliott, 1956-
Publication Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
Description xxii, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 796.357092 COBB T
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-391) and index.
Contents Becoming Ty Cobb -- The game -- "The professional teach" -- Honor -- The players' ethic -- Fans -- "The most unpopular popular man in baseball" -- Cobb in the age of Ruth -- Protecting a legacy.
Summary "Ty Cobb called baseball a 'red-blooded game for red-blooded men, ' warning that 'molly coddles had better stay out.' By this, Cobb meant that baseball was the ultimate expression of the masculine ideal - a game of aggression, rivalry, physical and mental dexterity, self-reliance, and primal honor. For over twenty years, Cobb expressed his fierce brand of manhood in ballparks throughout the American Northeast, gaining for himself a level of celebrity that was unsurpassed in the early twentieth century. Fans idolized Cobb not only because he was the best player in the game, but because his boisterous and combative style of play satisfied their desire for exhibitions of visceral manhood. They found in Cobb an antidote for what they feared were the corrupting influences of over-civilization. With balance, precision, and empathy, Steven Elliott Tripp brings the era to life in a narrative Publisher's Weekly has called 'stunning.' In contrast to recent biographies of Cobb that have tried to minimize his more brutish behavior and minimize his racial antipathies, Tripp contextualizes Cobb, placing him squarely within the cultural milieu of both the rural South of his birth and the Northern sporting culture of his professional career. Moreover, Tripp's reconstruction of early twentieth-century sporting culture isolates an important source of modern America's culture of hyper-masculinity. Ty Cobb, Baseball, and American Manhood is both an important work of social and cultural history and an absorbing tale of ambition and the quest for dominance. Tripp has written the rare narrative that is as appealing to scholars as it is to general readers and sports enthusiasts"--Publisher's website.
Subject Cobb, Ty, 1886-1961.
Baseball players -- United States -- Biography.
Baseball -- Social aspects.
Masculinity in sports.
Cobb, Ty, 1886-1961. (OCoLC)fst00129226
Baseball players. (OCoLC)fst00828007
Baseball -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00827951
Masculinity in sports. (OCoLC)fst01201127
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Related To Online version: Tripp, Steven Elliott, 1956- Ty Cobb, baseball, and American manhood. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016] 9781442251922 (DLC) 2016015725
ISBN 9781538119112 (paperback)
1538119110 (paperback)
9781442251915 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1442251913 (cloth ; alk. paper)
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