Master of Arts (MA)
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Brooklyn Dodgers fans blame Walter O'Malley for destroying a way of life and tarnishing the golden image of the postwar years when, in 1957, he relocated their beloved baseball team to the West. The relocation finds its impetus in American adherence to nineteenth-century Manifest Destiny and a major demographic shift following a post-World War II economic and technological boom; For the first half of the twentieth century, baseball transcended a mere rooting for a collection of superb athletes; civic identity rested in one's baseball team. Losing a team to another city was devastating. For some cities baseball provided the affirmation of civic status, which provides part of the impetus for team relocations. Baseball can provide a portal to the past, bring communities together, and revitalize cities but owners can also bare their teeth, exploiting and dominating cherished traditions In order to protect their delicate prosperity from the scrutiny of lawmakers.
Bad; Baseball; Destiny; Good; Manifest; Ugly
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Miller, Patrick Valenti, "Baseball's manifest destiny: The good, the bad, and the ugly" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1064.
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