Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

American New England Studies

First Advisor

Kent C. Ryden

Keywords

Baseball, Maine, American sports, Boothbay Harbor, identity, community

Abstract

During the summer months of the first decade of the twentieth century, the Boothbay Harbor region was invigorated with baseball fever. By 1900, Americans had come to understand baseball as its national game, and Boothbay Harbor discovered and nourished the game in the final decades of the nineteenth century. But as the twentieth century began, baseball became more than a game: it was a business, a spectacle, and an opportunity for inhabitants of the region to define themselves based upon the team they supported.