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- DescriptionIn Baseball Weekly's list of things that most affected baseball in the twentieth century, television ranked second-behind only the signing of Jackie Robinson. The new medium of television exposed baseball to a genuinely national audience; altered the financial picture for teams, owners, and players; and changed the way Americans followed the game. Center Field Shot explores these changes-all even more prominent in the first few years of the twenty-first century-and makes sense of their meaning for America's pastime. Center Field Shot traces a sometimes contentious but mutually beneficial relationship from the first televised game in 1939 to the new era of Internet broadcasts, satellite radio, and high-definition TV, considered from the perspective of businessmen collecting merchandising fees and advertising rights, franchise owners with ever more money to spend on talent, and broadcasters trying to present a game long considered unfriendly to television. Ultimately the association of baseball with television emerges as a reflection of-perhaps even a central feature of-American culture at large.
- Author BiographyJames R. Walker is professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communications at Saint Xavier University. Robert V. Bellamy Jr. is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Multimedia Arts at Duquesne University.
- Author(s)James R. Walker,Robert V. Bellamy
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication25/05/2008
- SubjectBall Games: Field & Outdoor
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note36 photographs, 3 tables, index
- Weight549 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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