Academic Papers on Professional Athletes

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A 4 page biography/report on the life and accomplishments of Jackie Robinson-- the American baseball player known for 'breaking the color barrier' and becoming the first Black player to gain widespread acceptance playing for a Major League team. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 12 page paper that considers the portrayal of Joe DiMaggio in the biographies developed by Maury Allen (Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio) and Jack Moore (Joe DiMaggio) and demonstrates the elements that underscored DiMaggio's developments as a legendary figure.

A 10 page paper discussing the sport of golf and the contributions and accomplishments of Byron Nelson whose phenomenal winnings in 1944 and 1945 still have the world of golf at attention. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

An 11 page paper on baseball's first enduring black player. Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 amid a raft of controversy, but managed to pull 'Dem Bums,' perpetual losers into the 1947 World Series by doing things that won him the title of 1947 Rookie of the Year. Always outspoken on racial issues, he ...

5 pages in which the author discusses this particular book and how the great baseball player Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier between Black and Whites on the playing field and in society.

An 8 page paper discussing the social effect felt by Jackie Robinson's addition to the Dodgers. He suffered incredible verbal abuse and even threats of death, yet continued with his mission. He summarized the source of his drive in his last book: 'I cannot, as an individual, rejoice in the good things I have been ...

In this 5 page paper, the writer is concerned with the historical accuracy of film & written accounts of the Jackie Robinson legend. The movie ['Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars'] is compared with the book 'Baseball's Great Experiment: --Jackie Robinson and His Legacy.'

A 7 page discussion of how, in the context of his career, accomplishments, etc;-- basketball player Michael Jordan serves as a persuasive communicator and role model to the African-American community. Many insightful examples are offered. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

A 5 page synopsis of the 1992 biography of Michael Jordan by Sam Smith. The writer demonstrates that while Smith's biography shows a negative side to Jordan's character not seen by his adoring public, debunking the Jordan mystique was not Smith's intention. Smith succeeds in presenting Jordan, not as a godlike superstar, but rather it ...

The story of baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr. is discussed in this 5 page paper. The focus of the paper is on Ripken's relationship with his father, who also coached the Orioles. Insights into the man's upbringing are given as well as data about Ripken's astounding record as a major league player. Bibliography ...

This 5 page review of a 1994 U.S. News & World Report article on Babe Ruth looks at the information given on the baseball great but also discusses how many neglect some of the Babe's long-term contributions to the game.

NASCAR / History

  • 5 page paper

In 5 pages the author discusses the history of NASCAR. NASCAR is a sport that has many fans across the nation. It is more than just a sport; it is a national pastime. NASCAR is stock car racing. The prizes are quite large. The crowds are enthusiastic. It is ...

This 5 page essay discusses professional athletes, particularly basketball players and their attitudes of selfishness and greed. The writer also discusses how superstar athletes may be nothing more than a mirror of the society that created them. Yet, despite it all, professional sports are still a passion in the U.S. Bibliography lists 5 sources. ...

This 5 page report discusses the various sociological factors involved with modern professional sports and the enormous amount of money that goes into sports. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

This 3 page report discusses the multibillion dollar business of golf. Over the past two decades, golf has grown in popularity, accessibility, and an excepted means of doing business. As the popularity of golf is grown, naturally the profits and economic impact of the golf industry have also grown. Bibliography lists 5 sources. ...

This 6 page paper applies three different paradigms to the life of athlete and self-prescribed “anti-hero” Brian Bosworth by evaluating the perspectives presented in his autobiography. This paper considers the trait approach to personality, a psychodynamic approach and a analytical approach to examining the life and perspectives of Bosworth as presented in the book “The ...

This 5 page report discusses the larger history of golf – how it evolved and what it has become. It has been fairly well established that golf was actually devised by the Scots in the 14th or 15th century. Since then, golf has evolved into a measured world by which a person can be ...

This 5 page paper examines the different risk involved for athletes who chose to take anabolic steroids. The physical and psychological side effects of women, men and children who take these drugs are all discussed. The bibliography cites 9 academic sources.

A 5 page analysis of the seventeenth century classic that mixes philosophical musings on nature with advice on how to catch fish. In the mid-seventeenth century, author Izaak Walton witnessed the English civil war with a rising sense of horror. A firm Royalist, Walton reported that the 'malice and madness' was 'scarce credible, but I ...

Women in Sports

  • 26 page paper

A 26 page paper which discusses various aspects and concerns dealing with women in sports today. Issues addressed include a very close look at Martina Navratilova and her career, which helps to define many of the realities that face athletic women today. In addition the many psychological and sociological areas of involvement are discussed and further defined. Women sports ...

This 10 page paper considers the influence of the family system on the development of basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This paper considers the assessment of his family structure and life through the use of Peter Knobbler's biography Giant Steps. Bibliography lists 5 source.

Dennis Rodman

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper which discusses the life and personality of Dennis Rodman, in combination with the personality theories of Alfred Adler, a renowned psychologist of years back. Rodman is a prime example of Adler’s theories of inferiority as he was a child who lived through ridicule, beatings, abandonment, crime, and lack of self esteem. Rodman is discussed in ...

The Legal Case(s) and Repeated Appeals of Mike Tyson : This 5 page report discusses the numerous legal cases that have followed fighter Mike Tyson for most of the1990s. The law allowed him a second round of appeals and Indiana Court of Appeals did decide to grant Tyson his hearing basing the decision on a ...

This five page paper presents a discussion on the book " Mad As Hell : How Sports Got Away from the Fans-And How We Get It Back" by Mike Lupica. The belief of the author that the sports world has gotten out of control with greed and attitude is the main themes of the book. ...

This 5 page report discusses the fact that professional basketball ticket prices have skyrocketed in the past few years. The average fan cannot afford a ticket, much less a ticket for a good seat. One has to wonder what sort of impact the lack of affordability and the elitism that has evolved around basketball will ultimately have in terms of ...

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