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By David M. Sutera

Over the final couple of many years, minor league baseball video games have proven sizeable attendance figures, with greater than 41 million spectators in either 2010 and 2011. With the entire high-tech, live-streaming, fast paced leisure to be had to shoppers, what's it approximately minor league baseball that also holds attraction with today’s audiences? With entry to significant league video games broadcast on numerous cable networks, what attracts lovers to small stadiums to observe imprecise gamers fight to make the massive time? activities historian David M. Sutera got down to resolution those questions through traveling fourteen minor league baseball parks round the country.

In Vaudeville at the Diamond, Sutera discusses the trap of teen league baseball with fanatics, avid gamers, and group representatives, interpreting how groups have survived and thrived in today’s aggressive leisure global. Combining interviews with game-day observations, Sutera argues that minor league baseball’s key to survival lies within the production of on- and off-field points of interest that invoke the traditions of vaudeville with their specific and quirky spectacle. From inviting fanatics to take part in dizzy bat competitions and races opposed to the mascot to that includes Star Wars subject nights and monkeys using border collies, groups have created a multifaceted type of leisure that transcends the sport itself.

Part examine and half travelogue, Vaudeville at the Diamond gains a number of pictures of on-field leisure, showcasing the vaudevillian part of teenage league baseball. A light-hearted and interesting examine the minor leagues, this publication will allure not just to students and scholars of pop culture, activities and rest stories, and activities administration yet to all lovers of baseball and minor league activities.

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