What’s Baseball Sociology?


Statue of Jackie Robinson outside of Dodger Stadium

What’s Baseball Sociology, you ask?  Well, as you may already know, baseball in considered the American National pastime. Sociology is the study of society.  By studying social groups, structures, and institutions, we can have a better understanding of society, how we all fit together in a society, and how society and the groups we belong to influence us and make us who we are.  Thus, baseball sociology is a way of viewing how the game functions in the society in which it is played, and how society impacts the game.  In other words, we can understand baseball by understanding the society in which it is played – and vice versa. We can also understand society through baseball.  As such, perhaps being baseball fans defines who we are?

When I was in school, I thought if I studied baseball and sport sociology, I’d be able to hang out at the ballpark, watch the crowd, and pursue my life-long dream of seeing every ballpark in the country – or rather, the world!  On the way, I realized that each ballpark has its own personality, reflective of the community it represents.  Now that’s Baseball Sociology!

Please join me in my journey through baseball, as I attempt to understand our world, our place within in, and the importance of baseball to society!

~ baseballrebecca


5 thoughts on “What’s Baseball Sociology?

  1. I just came up with similar idea, so I googled it and found your post here, haha.

    I’d love to join your journey! 😉
    I hope I can get a job related to baseball sociology.


  2. Hi Rebecca, I too have been traveling to different ballparks around America. I’ve been to about 25 MLB ballparks myself. I majored in Geography and minored in Sociology, hence our similar interests! 🙂 Have fun on your journey. – Eddie Lokes


  3. I believe that there was a non-scientific study of baseball fans done back in the ‘60s or ‘70s (maybe ‘80s?). As I believe I understood the survey, attendees were interviewed going in to attend the (or possibly several) game, being asked if each interviewer believed that, had they been provided the same opportunities and training, they could be as accomplished as (even possibly supplanting) the current professionals. If I remember correctly, the answers from the public interviewees overwhelmingly indicated a perception that they had the same physical capabilities and potential abilities as star professional players, and were only constrained from professional baseball by that lack of training, development and opportunity. Are you aware of any such study, can you provide me with the statistical data gained, and could you provide me with any analysis performed? I am really interested in the purely anecdotal outcomes, if they exist. Thanks so much! Sincerely, Jim McChesney


    • Hi Jim – I did a little research and haven’t found anything, but I’m going to check a few other sources. If I find anything, I’ll post something on the blog next week. Thanks for reading the blog and let me know if you have other questions/suggestions!


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