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Baker, William J. (William Joseph) 1938-

Overview
Works: 18 works in 83 publications in 1 language and 7,002 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Records (Sports) 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: GV697.O9, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by William J Baker
Jesse Owens : an American life by William J Baker( Book )

15 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the Black athlete who won four gold Olympic medals in 1936. Describes his life before and after this event and the example he set for others
Sports in the Western world by William J Baker( Book )

18 editions published between 1982 and 1988 in English and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschichte, Sportgeschichte
Playing with God : religion and modern sport by William J Baker( Book )

13 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spectacle of modern sport displays all the latest commercial and technological innovations, yet age-old religious concerns still thrive at the stadium. Coaches lead pre-game and post-game prayers, athletes give God the credit for home runs and touchdowns, and fans wave signs with biblical quotations and allusions. Like no other nation on earth, Americans eagerly blend their religion and sports. Playing with God traces this dynamic relationship from the Puritan condemnation of games as sinful in the seventeenth century to the near deification of athletic contests in our own day. Early religious opposition to competitive sport focused on the immoderate enthusiasm of players and spectators, the betting on scores, and the preference for playing field over church on Sunday. Disapproval gradually gave way to acceptance when "wholesome recreation" for young men in crowded cities and soldiers in faraway fields became a national priority. Protestants led in the readjustment of attitudes toward sport; Catholics, Jews, Mormons, and Muslims followed. The Irish at Notre Dame, outstanding Jews in baseball, Black Muslims in the boxing ring, and born-again athletes at Liberty University represent the numerous negotiations and compromises producing the unique American mixture of religion and sport. - Publisher
Sport in Africa : essays in social history by William J Baker( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America perceived: a view from abroad in the 19th century by William J Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond port and prejudice : Charles Lloyd of Oxford, 1784-1829 by William J Baker( Book )

5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sports and the humanities : a symposium( Book )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If Christ came to the Olympics by William J Baker( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sports in modern America( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of gods and games : religious faith and modern sports by William J Baker( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American perceived( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Playing with God religion and modern sport by William J Baker( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gradgindery and the education of John Stuart Mill : a clarification by William J Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

America perceived: a view from abroad in the 18th century by James Axtell( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Henry Ryder of Gloucester, 1815-1824 : England's first Evangelical bishop by William J Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Julius Charles Hare : a Victorian interpreter of Luther by William J Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Papers], 1980s by William J Baker( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Contains manuscript for "Jesse Owens: an American Life," which was published in 1986
Shaking all the corners of the sky : the global response to the Gastonia strike of 1929 by Christina L Baker( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Jesse Owens : an American life
Alternative Names
Baker, William Joseph.

Baker, William Joseph 1938-...

Languages
English (81)

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Sports in the Western worldPlaying with God : religion and modern sportIf Christ came to the OlympicsPlaying with God religion and modern sport