Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SXU professor receives SABR Baseball Research Award

James R. Walker, Ph.D., co-wrote “Center Field Shot: A History of Baseball on Television”

Chicago (Aug. 5, 2009) Saint Xavier University Professor James R. Walker, Ph.D., received a Society for American Baseball Research award for his recent book “Center Field Shot: A History of Baseball on Television.”

Walker, a communication professor, and his co-author Robert Bellamy, Jr. received the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research award on Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C. The book has been featured in Variety, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.

Walker’s book traces and analyzes the profound impact television had on the evolution of baseball in the United States. Beginning with the first televised game in 1939 and continuing into the era of Internet broadcasts, Center Field Shot, explores the connections among baseball, popular culture, business and mass communication.

For more information about Center Field Shot, please click here.



Rick Ducat
Asst. Dir. of Media Relations
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