Monday, July 21, 2008

Saint Xavier University professor's book on the effect of television

The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Sun-Times have featured the new book co-authored by SXU Professor James R. Walker, Ph.D., Center Field Shot: A History of Baseball on Television. Published by the University of Nebraska Press, the book traces the sometimes-contentious relationship between television and baseball from the first televised game in 1939 to the new era of Internet broadcasts, satellite radio and high-definition TV.

Walker, and his co-author, Duquesne Professor Rob Bellamy examine how baseball helped grow the new medium of television and how television in turn changed baseball, motivating MLB owners to create more teams, increase the number of post-season games, and move the World Series and All-Star Game to prime time.

Read the Wall Street Journal story here. Read the Sun-Times Story here.

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