18. Kelly Baseball as a Global Sport

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.I Richard Giulianotti and Roland Robertson Swyngedouw, E. (1992) 'The Mammon quest: "glocalization", interspatial competition and the monetary order: the construction of new scales', in M. Dunford and G. Kafkalis (eds) Cities and regions in the new Europe: the global-local interplay and spatial development strategies, London: Belhaven Press, 137-66. Swyngedouw, E. (2004) 'Globalisation or "glocalisation"? Networks, territories and re- scaling', Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 17, 25-48. Taylor, C. (1994) 'The politics of recognition', in A. Gutmann (ed.) Multiculturalism, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 107-48. Tomlinson, J. (1999) Globalization and culture, Cambridge: Polity. Tonnies, F. (1957) Community and society: Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft, East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. Vertovec, S. and R. Cohen (2002) 'Introduction: conceiving cosmopolitanism', Conceiving cosmopolitanism: theory, context, and practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1-24. Witte!, A. (2001) 'Toward a network sociality', Theory, Culture & Society, 18(6), 51-76. 78 6 Is baseball a global sport? America's 'national pastime' as global field and international sport WILLIAM W. KELLY I claim that Base Ball owes its prestige as our National Game to the fact that as no other form of sport it is the exponent of American Courage, Confidence, Combativeness; American Dash, Discipline, Determination; American Energy, Eagerness, Enthusiasm; American Pluck, Persistency, Performance; American Spirit, Sagacity, Success; American Vim, Vigor, Virility. Base Ball is the American Game par excellence because its playing demands Brain and Brawn, and American manhood supplies these ingredients in quantity sufficient to spread over the entire continent. (Spalding 1911: 12) The articles of this special issue are but the latest to demonstrate how powerfully sports have been a connective tissue of modem life on imperial, international and global scales. Soccer, cricket and baseball'were at the core of a myriad of organized sports and physical leisure activities that were formalized in the nineteenth century and spread quickly from the West to the Rest. From the second half of that century, they travelled the colonial, military and mercantile circuits of the world as organizational complexes of skills, rules, equipment and players, creating a global sportscape of local followings, national pastimes ·and international rivalries. What happened when they arrived in locations around the world has produced a fascinating, rich literature about the dynamics of domestication that often these days goes under the catch-all notion of 'glocalization'. The term captures the sense that local appro- priation is seldom simply assimilating and imitating. Rather, it is generally a process of indigenization - of appropriating the foreign objects and practices by recontextualizing them into local matrices of meaning and value.
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