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    Otterbein University
  Dec 12, 2017
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1050 - Baseball in the Negro League

Hours: 4
This course will trace the story of Negro League Baseball emphasizing the social, cultural and historical circumstances which gave rise to the phenomena starting with the growth of local all-black independent teams in the 1880’s through the waning years of the leagues in the 1950’s. An interdisciplinary approach will be taken which will allow the class to possibly serve as an enticement for learners to continue in Social Science, History, African- American Studies and even Physical Education courses. Topics like the plight of the black athlete, social and civil rights, segregation, the business side of sports, evolution of the game and its equipment, breaking of the color barrier, and the reasons why the Major Leagues originally chose to disenfranchise black players will be addressed. Elements, skills, and goals pertinent to the First Year Seminar experience will be woven into course themes, assignments, and requirements.