The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 96, July 1992 - April, 1993 Page: 160
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and the community. Steven A. Reiss takes on another truism in "Professional
Sports as an Avenue of Social Mobility in America: Some Myths and Realities."
Although there are certainly plenty of examples of poor people making it big
in the major leagues, "professional athletics has not been a major source of ver-
tical mobility for lower-class youth" (p. 1 io). Richard Mandell, in "Modern
Criticism of Sports," praises German scholars for long ago undertaking a se-
rious examination of sport but lambasts Anglo-American historians for ne-
glecting the topic until so recently. Finally, in his essay "Eros and Sport," Allen
Guttmann makes only modest claims. He rejects the pseudo-Freudianism of
people like Suarez-Orozco, but nevertheless claims, quite sensibly I think, that
on at least some level, erotic impulses motivate athletes and spectators, that no
human endeavor so preoccupied with the body can truly be free of a powerful
sexual tension, and he traces the relationship of eros and sport over the ages.
On second thought, if Walter Prescott Webb could read Essays in Sport History
and Sport Mythology, and then think about it some, he would be proud to have
his name associated with it.
Sam Houston State University JAMES S. OLSON
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