Paper 3 - Michael Guertin American Studies 301 Professor...

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Michael Guertin American Studies 301 Professor Gustafson T.A.: Lisa Ybarra December 1, 2008 Jackie Robinson: Transforming the Game of Baseball George Will, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author, stated, “Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.” The list of excellence accomplished through sport is long, but Jackie Robinson set the pinnacle when he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 23 1945. Baseball has become widely known as the “national pastime” and it evokes more nostalgia among Americans than any other sport. In fact, more Americans might know that Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in 1961 broke Babe Ruth’s record of 60 in 1927 than that President Ronal Reagan’s 525 electoral-college votes in 1984 broke President Franklin Roosevelt’s record of 523 in 1936. Baseball and America have grown up together for over a century and the game has undoubtedly become an integral part of our culture. The origins of baseball have fiercely been debated, but the one sure notion is that baseball came into the limelight in the United States. Semiprofessional baseball started in the U.S. in the 1860s and the National League, which still exists today, was founded as the first professional
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2009 for the course AMST 301g taught by Professor Gustafson during the Fall '06 term at USC.

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