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Baker, William J. (William Joseph) 1938-

Overview
Works: 18 works in 87 publications in 1 language and 7,522 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 )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,920 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 1,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,036 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 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 230 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 187 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 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sports in modern America( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"That Americans take to sports with a spiritual fervor is no secret. Athletics has even been called a civil religion for how it permeates our daily lives as we chase our own dreams of glory or watch others compete. Few would deny our national devotion to sports; however, many would gloss over it as all of a piece. To do that,as William J. Baker shows us, is to miss the fascinating variety of experiences at the intersection of sports and religion―and the ramifications of such on a national citizenry defined, as Baker writes, “by the team they cheer on Saturday and the church they attend on Sunday.” With nods to modern and ancient history, Baker looks at the ever-changing relationship between faith and sports through vignettes about devout athletes, coaches, and journalists.Of Gods and Games offers an accessible entrée into some of the larger issues embedded in American culture’s sports–religion connection. Baker first considers two Christian athletes who have engaged sports and religion on fundamentally different terms: Shelly Pennefather, one of the dominant women’s basketball players of the late 1980s, who left the sport for life as a cloistered nun; and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, who has used his college and pro football careers as a platform for evangelizing. In discussing basketball coach Dean Smith (University of North Carolina) and football coaches Steve Spurrier (University of South Carolina) and Bill McCartney (University of Colorado) Baker looks at how each strove to honor faith amid sometimes complicated personal lives and ever-crushing professional demands. Finally, Baker looks at how faith inspired such sportswriters as Grantland Rice, who sprinkled his stories with religious allusions, and Watson Spoelstra, who struck a deal with God at his daughter’s deathbed (she recovered) and subsequently devoted his off-hours and retirement years to charity work."--Back cover
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

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

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

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
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

America perceived: a view from abroad in the 17th century by James Axtell( Book )

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

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

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Languages
English (85)

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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