students, mostly fiction workshop writers, enrolled in the MFA program at Arizona State University, where I was serving as writer-in-residence. Conlon embarked on a 38-year career in which he virtually invented the iconography of the national pastime. There are unlimited potential crevices and corners to mine for essay materialenough for each member of a class to choose a different approach. This concern hides behind the rousing triumph of "The Outfielder as a woman only becomes meaningful to a major league star when she sits in the stands and cheers him. Matt Wood, who knows from experience, writes about the challenges and joys of playing first base. Through 1942, Conlon (1868-1945) spent his summers carting his bulky Graflex camera (which until 1934 used glass negatives) to various ball parks to capture images of the players in action and in repose - images so vivid and fresh that "ballplayers from another era are. Christy Mathewson obliged with a demonstration of his "body swing" - now called a windup - and Charles. Moore's ruminations on the lyric essay. i should note that, anatomy of Baseball is also being published as a hardcover book as part of Southern Methodist University Press's Sport in American Life series. Just as the country seemed to stretch away forever before the first immigrants, so the ballfield is theoretically infinite, he writes. Conlon once reminisced, "The fun I have had, the days in the open, the associations, the confidences I have enjoyed - well, you can't buy those things." The 205 shots Constance McCabe, a photography conservator, has chosen from the 8,000 surviving Conlon negatives convey the.
Although the clear majority of essays in this collection were written by men, the three pieces written by women tell stories about the significance of baseball in the writers' lives and reflect on the authors' connections to the sport as women and as individuals. In his story of the early ballparks, Kevin Baker argues that baseballcontrary to the myth about it being first played in Abner Doubleday's meadow in Cooperstownhas always been a city game, and uniquely American. I have to admit that immersion is not a universally popular assignment. Interestingly, one of these pieces was written by a woman, Katherine Powers (the other is by Christopher Buckley whose connection to her glove is as strong as any man's, although she never played baseball in an organized fashion and the story of her glove. Conlon remained an amateur photographer - he was a proofreader at The New York Evening Telegram - but his avocation made him "de facto the official photographer of baseball one whose visions of the sport were seen annually for decades in Baseball magazine, the annual. Jeff Greenfield discusses the ways in which trips to Yankee Stadium have created memories across three generations of his family. April 10, 1994, Page 007024 The New York Times Archives. They shared a common language, from discussing ballparks in their hometowns and comparing them with parks they visited in Arizona and abroad, to the ways in which their favorite players held their bats, along with baseball memories and legacies passed on to them by their. This brief love letter betrays the fanatic's fear that an obsession with baseball might just be a thing for boys who have not grown up or an escapist compensation for an adult world of sagging stomachs and creaking joints. Elizabeth Bobrick remembers several years when being an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles helped her realize her own strength, and Caitlin Horrocks writes about how playing a Finnish variation of baseballand being good at ithelped her finally become the grateful citizen of a baseball. As it happens, each of the men in my class actually played baseball in some sort of organized fashion, whether in Little League or high school. What I found with the assignment I gave my classwhich included a half dozen womenwas that although the women did not share the same level of personal experience with the game as players, they nevertheless had strong connections, through their fathers, brothers, boyfriends, and teachers.
There is something irresistible about the sport that reaches across generations and through time, regardless of nationality or geography. Look for it in your mailbox this summer!