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Carl Bridenbaugh, “The Great Mutation”, American Historical Review 68 (1963), 315–31.
From a Dylan Thomas poem describing “the boys of summer in their ruin” and the title of Roger Kahn’s 1972 memoir of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The academic appearance in baseball history also marked a Renaissance in baseball journalism: Kahn, Roger Angell, Peter Golenbock, Leonard Koppett, Robert Creamer, Red Smith, Shirley Povich, David Halberstam, Daniel Honig, Lawrence Ritter, George Vescey, Heywood Hale Broun, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Tom Verducci, Nicholas Dawidoff, John Thorn, Jane Leavy, Richard Ben Cramer, Leigh Montville, George Will, Dave Anderson and many others elevate baseball writing and baseball biography to a new standard..
By the end of the century university presses at Nebraska, Illinois, and North Carolina had series dedicated to baseball; The Society for American Baseball Research estimated that there were at least 300 courses taught on campuses from Harvard to Stanford.
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Gittleman, S. John P. Rossi, Baseball and American Culture: A History. Soc (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12115-019-00451-9