I’m the one in the middle!

Welcome to my website and blog! I am baseballrebecca, the Baseball Sociologist.  First and foremost, I am a baseball fan, but  I am also a sociologist.  Thus, I am a Baseball Sociologist  (you can find my definition of that in the “What is Baseball Sociology?” tab on the homepage.)

My sociological studies included sport sociology, demography, and community sociology, as I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I’ve taught both sport sociology and introductory sociology while working in the fields of civil rights, immigration, and statistics.  Many years ago, I consulted on baseball history projects for the Babe Ruth Museum, Sports Legends at Camden Yards, and the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission.  I even wrote a book on minor league baseball! Now, I’m focusing on my blog and on sharing Baseball Sociology with the rest of the world.

Above all, however, I am an Orioles fan and a fan of the game. So please check out my website and feel free to contact me at: thebaseballsociologist@gmail.com.

~ baseballrebecca, The Baseball Sociologist


18 thoughts on “About

  1. Congrats on landing on Freshly Pressed. As a Marylander myself and huge sports fan, The Orioles have been near and dear to my heart for as long as I can remember. I have high hopes for this season! Anyway, nice to read your stuff, I thoroughly enjoyed it.


  2. Very nice site Rebecca. We share some things in common such as teaching the social sciences and loving baseball. Also, as a Pirates fan, I can relate to what it’s like for you to support the Orioles lately. Sigh…


  3. I am a sociology major and love baseball. I’m trying to figure out a career path with a sociology background where I can be involved with the my passion for baseball. Any suggestions?


    • Hi Loren! Glad to hear you love the two most important things in the world – baseball and sociology! Sociology will fit in with a lot of roles in baseball. You could get involved in writing, community relations, or public relations. The best way to get involved is to do some volunteering or do an internship. Several teams, like the Memphis Redbirds, have fantastic intern programs. You might also consider a sports museum. Identify the skills you prefer – whether its writing, research, or interacting with people – and that will help you narrow down the many options. Good luck and let me know if you have more questions!


  4. My son is 11 but he is a HUGE baseball fan & player & has a social studies project that he has to do. He’d like to be able to do the project on baseball & somehow enter in the sociology category. Problem is, I don’t kniw where to start w/ ideas. Could u please help with some ideas? Any help is greatly appreciated !!!


  5. Hello! I’m working on my research about baseball in sport sociology but the problem is baseball doesn’t have that much information for where I live in and I found your blog which really helps me a lot. But so far, I have some questions that, Is it possible for you to suggest something about modernization in baseball as one of the most famous sport in any topic.
    I would be grateful to you if you could do the needful at the earliest.

    Thanking you,


    • Hi there! Are you referring to the modernization theory introduced by Weber and Parsons? I haven’t seen a lot about that in relation to baseball, but I can see how that could apply to MLB’s training camps in the D.R. There might be something you can find in Rob Ruck’s work (http://robruck.com/tropic-of-baseball.php) or maybe in articles about Cuban baseball defectors. This is a topic I’m interested in, but haven’t had time to do the research. Let me know if you come up with anything!


  6. Hi. I liked your post on 80 things about Boog Powell for his 80th birthday in August 2021, however, item #32 needs revised, he did not win the 1965 AL Triple Crown.


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