Baseball has long been considered America's national pastime. The course examines the history of the game and how baseball reflects American cultural and social norms, focusing on baseball as a microcosm of American society, from its humble beginnings to the multi-billion dollar empire it has become. Students will study the mythology that has shaped our view of baseball, separating fact from fiction by scrutinizing how baseball reflects and directs social changes from the late 19th century to today.