The Iowa Baseball Confederacy and Baseball Superstition
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The paper looks at how the book "The Iowa Baseball Confederacy" continues the time honored tradition of superstition and myth by telling a fantastical tale of an Iowa exhibition baseball game played from July 4 to August 12, 1908 between the team called the Iowa Baseball Confederacy and the Chicago Cubs----a game that lasts for an incredible 2,614 innings. The paper relates how the author, W.P. Kinsella, tells the tale through Gideon Clarke, the protagonist who learns about the legendary game from his unusual father, Matthew. The paper describes how Matthew explains to Gideon that no record of the marathon-like game exists because of a great flood of biblical proportions that wiped out all evidence of the game.
From the Paper:"The game of baseball has always had an air of fantasy and mythology wrapped around the players and the game itself. Grown men are paid to play a game as if they are boys, "...Superstitious boys" (Grossfeld, 2007)."
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The Iowa Baseball Confederacy and Baseball Superstition (2007, December 01) Retrieved April 10, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-iowa-baseball-confederacy-and-baseball-superstition-134732/
"The Iowa Baseball Confederacy and Baseball Superstition" 01 December 2007. Web. 10 April. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-iowa-baseball-confederacy-and-baseball-superstition-134732/>