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Rounding the Bases: Baseball And Religion in America
By author: Joseph L. Price
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P366
ISBN: 9780881460407
Product Format: Paperback
Availability: Not currently available. (Backorder policy)
Price: $25.00

After identifying early conflicts between churches and baseball in the late-nineteenth century, Price examines the appropriation of baseball by the House of David, an early twentieth-century millennial Protestant community in southern Michigan. Turning then from historical intersections between base-ball and religion, two chapters focus on the ways that baseball reflects religious myths. First, the omphalos myth about the origin and ordering of the world is reflected in the rituals and rules of the game. Then the myth of curses is explored in the culture of superstition that underlies the game. At the heart of the book is a sustained argument about how baseball func-tions as an American civil religion, affirming and sanctifying American identity, especially during periods of national crises such as wars and terrorist attacks. Building on this analysis of baseball as an American civil religion, two chapters draw upon novels by W. P. Kinsella and David James Duncan to explore the sacramental potential of baseball and to align baseball with apocalyptic possibilities. The final chapter serves as a full confession, interpreting baseball affiliation stories as conversion narratives. In various ways Rounding the Bases charts new territory in the literature about baseball and religion. Unlike previous works (such as The Faith of Fifty Million) that merely assert that baseball, as the national pastime, is an American civil religion, or others (such as And God Said, “Play Ball”) that draw parallels between the Bible and baseball, this book develops a sustained sociological argument for the conclusion that baseball is “a distinct denomination of American civil religion.”


Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons from a Football Life, Revised
By author: Bill Curry
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H964
ISBN: 9780881466867
Availability: In stock
Price: $29.00
No sport rivals football for building character. In the scorching heat of two-a-days and the fierce combat of the gridiron, true leaders are born. Just ask Bill Curry, whose credentials for exploring the relationship between football and leadership include two Super Bowl rings and the distinction of having snapped footballs to Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas. In TEN MEN YOU MEET IN THE HUDDLE, Curry shares the wit, wisdom, and tough love of teammates and coaches who turned him from a next-to-last NFL draft pick into a two-time Pro Bowler. Learning from such giants as Vince Lombardi and Don Shula, Ray Nitschke and Bubba Smith, Bobby Dodd and even the indomitable George Plimpton, Curry led a football life of nonstop exploration packed with adventure and surprise. This enhanced and updated version examines and amplifies the pressing issues facing football today.

The Greatest Champion that Never Was: The Life of W. L. “Young” Stribling
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H828
ISBN: 9780881462524
Product Format: Hardback
Availability: In stock
Price: $30.00
William Lawrence Stribling, Jr. was born in a small southern Georgia town in 1904. He should have lived out his years in that rural setting, but he became a professional prizefighter by the age of sixteen. Though a fatal accident kept him from winning the championship title he sought, “Young" Stribling was true to himself and the values with which he had been raised. This book tells his story.

While There Were Still Wild Birds: A Personal History of Southern Quail Hunting
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P596
ISBN: 9780881467307
Availability: In stock
Price: $20.00
WHILE THERE WERE STILL WILD BIRDS is a personal history of Southern quail hunting as it was lived at three different South Carolina quail hunting clubs and by related dog trainers, hunting guides, and hunters. The author’s father, Richard E. Rankin, Sr., belonged to the first hunting club in Kline, South Carolina, and was a founding partner in the second hunting club, the Quail Roost Hunt Club, outside Manning, South Carolina. The third club featured was the Foreston Hunt Club, an adjoining neighbor of the Quail Roost Hunt Club. As both a family member, hunt club partner, and historian, Richard E. Rankin, Jr. tells this story as both a participant and as an objective observer.

While There Were Still Wild Birds: A Personal History of Southern Quail Hunting
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H949
ISBN: 9780881466508
Availability: Not currently available. (Backorder policy)
Price: $28.00
WHILE THERE WERE STILL WILD BIRDS is a personal history of Southern quail hunting as it was lived at three different South Carolina quail hunting clubs and by related dog trainers, hunting guides, and hunters. The author's father, Richard E. Rankin, Sr., belonged to the first hunting club in Kline, South Carolina, and was a founding partner in the second hunting club, the Quail Roost Hunt Club, outside Manning, South Carolina. The third club featured was the Foreston Hunt Club, an adjoining neighbor of the Quail Roost Hunt Club. As both a family member, hunt club partner, and historian, Richard E. Rankin, Jr. tells this story as both a participant and as an objective observer.

Winning the Race? Religion, Hope, and Reshaping the Sport Enhancement Debate
By author: Tracy J. Trothen
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P516
ISBN: 9780881465433
Availability: In stock
Price: $30.00
Should high-tech prosthetic limbs be permissible in elite sports competitions? Why are caffeine and altitude tents usually acceptable while some cold medications are not? What will happen as we engineer new enhancing options such as genetic modification technologies that increase muscle strength, or individualized nutritional genomic programs for elite athletes? The ethics debate about the use of enhancements in elite sport is becoming increasingly complex. Yet we are not asking what relevance sports’ religious dimension has to this debate. Through an examination of literature on the relationship between sport, religion and spirituality, hope emerges as a compelling feature of sport and a significant part of what makes sport meaningful. Trothen explores four main locations of hope in sport: winning, losing, and anticipation; star athletes; perfect moments; and relational embodiment, and examines how these locations intersect with the enhancement debate.

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