- A love for history and sports has inspired a series of books on
professional baseball by a member of The University of Southern Mississippi
to publishing in his academic field, Dr. Doug Feldmann, a professor
in the Southern Miss Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and
Special Education, first produced Dizzy Dean and the Gas House Gang:
The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-Era Baseball in 2000.
He followed that with Fleeter than Birds: The 1985 St. Louis Cardinals
and Small Ball's Last Hurrah in 2002 and this year's September Streak:
The 1935 Chicago Cubs Chase the Pennant.
history and I love baseball, so that makes for a natural combination,"
In Dizzy Dean
and the Gas House Gang, Feldmann chronicles the Cardinals team that
became known as "The Gas House Gang" and details the era
and team, as well the contributions of player-manager Frankie Frisch
and Dean brothers Dizzy and Paul, who combined for 49 wins in the
Birds tells the story of the uncertainty surrounding the 1985 Cardinals
team, predicted to finish last in the National League East Division.
While dealing with low expectations for the Cardinals, professional
baseball was dealing with negative publicity from drug abuse and
a threatened player's strike, which Feldmann addresses in the book.
He also provides background information on the 1985 World Series,
Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog and characteristics particular to
base running at St. Louis' Busch Stadium.
looks at a time when the Chicago Cubs, the loveable losers of Major
League Baseball and perennial underdogs, were expected to produce
a winner in 1935. The team responded with a 21-game winning streak
and was the last Cubs team to win 100 or more games.
great see some of the history of the game covered so thoroughly
in these works, especially on two of the most storied teams in the
majors," said Southern Miss Sports Information Director Mike
Chicago native, lettered in football and baseball at Northern Illinois
University. He joined the Southern Miss faculty this fall. He said
he immediately recognized upon arriving in Hattiesburg that area
residents shared his love for sports. "From little league through
all levels of baseball, college football and NASCAR, the passion
is there (for sports in the area)," he said.
recently published Curriculum and the American Rural School in May
with University Press of America, in which he examines the origins
of American school curriculum, and subsequently contextualizes it
within the history or rural school curriculum in the United States
since the mid-1800s.
to his duties as a professor and his work as an author, Feldmann
is also a part-time scout for the Cincinnati Reds baseball organization.