Hot Streaks, Screaming Grounders, and War: Conceptual Metaphors in Baseball

By Daniel Rousseau

This article was published in the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

In this piece, Daniel Rousseau examines orientational, ontological, and structural metaphors used to describe baseball games. Until my freshman year of college, the only books I’d read cover-to-cover were baseball almanacs and biographies of early and mid-twentieth century baseball players like Ed Delahanty and Satchel Paige. Throughout grade school, I spent my evenings flipping through onionskin pages full of baseball stats or studying the backs of baseball cards. An Indians fan, I would use historic home run and strikeout totals along with batting and earned run averages to construct . . .

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