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Author Williams, Peter, 1937 January 30-

Title The sports immortals : deifying the American athlete / Peter Williams
Published Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, [1994]


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 MELB  796.01 Wil/Sid  AVAILABLE
Description 170 pages ; 24 cm
Series Sports and culture
Sports and culture series.
Contents Pt. 1. The Theoretical Foundation -- Introduction: Psychologists and Other Social Scientists. Ch. 1. The Archetypes of Human Myth. Ch. 2. Localized Archetypes -- Pt. 2. The Application of Theory to Sport. Ch. 3. The Archetypes of Sport. Ch. 4. Localized Sports Archetypes -- Pt. 3. The Application of Theory to Baseball. Ch. 5. Disclaimer. Ch. 6. Origins of the Baseball Myth. Ch. 7. The Archetypes of Baseball. Ch. 8. Dionysus and Apollo: The Two Great Gods, Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson. Ch. 9. Apollo and Dionysus: Divisions. Ch. 10. Apollo and Dionysus: Variants. Ch. 11. Localized Baseball Archetypes -- Pt. 4. Lesser Sports and Chroniclers. Ch. 12. Lesser Sports. Ch. 13. The Press
Summary After presenting as groundwork an overview of the classic theorists - seminal thinkers such as Jung, Rank, Frazer, Jessie Weston, and Ernest Becker - The Sports Immortals goes on to show how the sports public creates heroes and villains in precisely the same way the Greeks filled Olympus with archetypal deities. It shows why Babe Ruth was a hero and Joe Jackson a villain, despite the fact that the former admired and learned from the latter; it explains why John L. Sullivan and Jim Corbett, who were both "gods," were such different "gods." The historical scope of this study extends from that era - the era of Sullivan, in the late nineteenth century - to the present
The Sports Immortals is the first serious and scholarly attempt to explain the psychology of hero-worship in sport. While others (most notably Michael Oriard) have studied the heroes and villains of sports literature, this book is the first study of the very similar creation of gods and demi-gods in the arenas of real games
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-161) and index
Subject Athletes -- United States.
Hero worship -- United States.
Sports -- Social aspects -- United States.
Sports -- United States -- Sociological aspects.
Sports -- Sociological aspects.
LC no. 94078929
ISBN 0879726695
0879726709 (paperback)