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Over the past three decades, baseball films — motion pictures that take baseball and baseball players as their primary content — have served as the focus for a number of scholarly studies of the game and its place in American culture. Scholars including Gary Dickerson (1991), Howard Good (1997), Stephen Wood and David Pincus (2003), Marshall Most and Robert Rudd (2006), and others have found the intersection of the national pastime and Hollywood film a rich site for cultural analysis.1 The game of baseball is said to embody the most fundamental and significant values and virtues of the nation. Films about baseball offer more than simple reflections of an idealized view of baseball. They are also reflections of an idealized view of American culture.

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This document was originally published in The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture by McFarland and Company, Inc. Copyright restrictions may apply.

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