Levy's article selected for publication

Nov. 7, 2018

Alan Levy, a Slippery Rock University professor of history, has written an article that will be published in the next volume of "NINE, A Journal of Baseball History and Culture."

Levy's article, "Baseball and America's Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson and 'Games Played With the Ball,'" explores how sports, and the political and cultural trajectory that led to the forming of the game that became known as baseball, entered the consciousness of America's founders. The title is a nod to Jefferson's quote: "Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind."

The article will appear in Volume 26 of "NINE," which features articles, essays, book reviews, biographies, oral history and short fiction pieces that study all historical aspects of baseball, centering on the societal and cultural implications of the game.

Levy has authored two books about baseball, including biographies of Rube Waddell and Joe McCarthy.