Roberta J. Park, one of the National Academy of Kinesiology’s leading scholars and internationally well-known sport historian and physical educator, passed away on December 5, 2018, at the age of 87. Her extensive career at the University of California, Berkeley, as student, teacher, colleague
Patricia Vertinsky and Alison Wrynn
pioneering group of sport historians and sociologists at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, many of whom would later become my own colleagues in the developing academic world of sport history. Consciously breaking away from the stereotypical perceptions of physical education history research as
egalitarian social and economic programs. 2 In short, Mixner aimed for this single March to accomplish what decades of striving in the antinuclear movement had failed to achieve. 3 Sport historians have occasionally commented on the relationship between physicality and oppositional politics outside of sport
Alison M. Wrynn
This article examines the past, present, and future of historical research in sport and physical education. Due to time and space limitations, the focus is on work that has emerged and is emerging in North America—particularly the United States—but it must be noted there are very active sport historians throughout the world; in departments of kinesiology, history, and American studies. This article covers two broad categories: the past to the present and the present to the future of research in sport history. Within these two sections, there is also an analysis of changes in the conduct of research by historians as this has had, and will continue to have, a major impact on the kinds of work that will be produced in the future.
Matthew R. Hodler
humans have been associated with water leads to superfluous tangents, an over-reliance on secondary sources, and/or poorly supported claims. For many sport historians, it will be too a-critical and too broad. With that said, the two chapters focusing on swimming as a sport and/or a physical activity will
other weakness of the text is a lack of a historiography: There is a wealth of French sport historians, not to mention the Société Française d’Histoire du Sport , which garnered nary a mention. Granted, this is a book about French society, and therefore relies on abundant secondary source material from
University of Kentucky faculty members have called for Rupp Arena to be renamed due to how they interpret Rupp’s legacy regarding race. For debates such as these, the book is a useful tool for readers. College sport historians, University of Kentucky fans, or fans of college basketball, should enjoy the book.
Edited by Eric Burin. Published in 2018 by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota (273 pp., open access, Digital) With the increase in political activism among athletes over the past decade, it is hard, as a sport historian, not to think about the fact we are seeing events happen in
Chapter 7 (The Big Ten Stadiums) a bit under-resourced since it relies so heavily on secondary sources. Overall, it does not appear as if Solberg traveled to each institution. However, I believe he did a good job covering the basics in most instances and developed a good scholarly book sport historians