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Richard Crepeau

Professor Emeritus


  • Ph.D. from Florida State University (1974)

Research Interests

20th Century U. S. , Cultural History, Sport History

Recent Research Activities

Richard Crepeau is continuing to work in the area of American Sport History. His most recent work has been in Sport and Film and Sport and Relgion. Intercollegiate Athletics is a major interest and the role of athletics in Catholic Higher education is currently under study. He is also interested in Sports and Drugs, Sport and Law, and Sport’s Business. Dr. Crepeau writes an on-line column for the Sport Literature Association. The column focuses on current sporting issues and brings a historical perspective to these issues. The columns are used by many university professors of Sport History in classrooms around the world and many have been published in a wide variety of venues.

Selected Publications


  • Melbourne Village: The First Twenty-Five Years. University of Central Florida Press, 1988.
  • Baseball: America’s Diamond Mind, 1919-1941. Orlando: University of Central Florida Press, 1980.


  • “Retrospective Review, Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and his Legacy, 25th Anniversary Edition by Jules Tygiel,” Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal, volume 1, number 2, Fall, 2008, 106-108.
  • “Remembering Jules Tygiel,” Elysian Fields Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2008, 93-97
  • “The End of a Beautiful Relationship,” Elysian Fields Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2008, 20-22
  • “Forum: Law and Order: Sport and the Warren Burgher Court, The Flood Case.” Journal of Sport History, Volume 34, No. 2 (Summer 2007), 183-191
  • “The View from Left Field: Recapturing Cubdom,” Elysian Fields Quarterly, Vol.22, No.1, 2005, pp. 24-25.
  • “A Decade of Commenting on Baseball: The Ridiculous and the Sublime.” NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2003, 44-63.
  • “The View from Left Field: The Joy of Futility,” Elysian Fields Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2003, 6-7.
  • Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, XX, no.1, Fall, 2002. Twentieth Anniversary Issue devoted entirely to a collection of commentary on Sport and Society consisting of 83 essays written between 1991 to 2001.
  • “Ali, No One Better Known, No One More Admired,” de Sportwereld, No. 28, 2002, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, p. 8.
  • “The Importance of Being Major League: The Cultural Roots of Public Stadia Financing in the USA,” Sport and Politics-The Proceedings of the 6th Congress of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport, July 14-19,1999, Budapest, Hungary.
  • “If I Were Commissioner.” NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspective, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1997.
  • “An Evening with Michael in the Minors.” Elysian Fields, 1994-5.
  • “Fan Notes, 1993.” NINE: A Journal of Baseball and Social Policy Perspective, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1994, 387-390.
  • (Coauthored) “The Eddie Scissons Syndrome.” Aethlon, Vol. VIII, No. 1, 1991, 175-184.
  • “Coover’s Grand Slam.” Aethlon, Vol. VII, No. 1, 1989, 113-120.
  • “Baseball Immortality &Ray Dandridge.” Baseball History, Vol. 2, No. 4, 1987/1988, 63-64.
  • “The Jake Powell Incident and the Press.” Baseball History, I, 2, 1986, 32-46.
  • “Not the Cincinnati Reds: Anti-Communism in Recent Baseball Literature.” Arete: The Journal of Sport Literature, Vol. I, No. 1, 1983, 87-97.
  • “Pearl Harbor: A Failure for Baseball,” Journal of Popular Culture XV, No. 4, 1982, 67-74.
  • “Sport, Heroes, and Myth.” Journal of Sport and Social Issues 4, No. 2, 1980, 23-31.
  • “A Step Over the Edge: The Image of Sport in Thomas Klise’s The Last Western.” Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 1979.
  • “Punt or Bunt: A Note on Sport in American Culture.” Journal of Sport History III, 1976, 205-212. reprinted in Sport Sociology: Contemporary Themes, 2nd Ed., Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1979.
  • “Urban and Rural Images in Baseball.” Journal of Popular Culture IX, 1975, 315-324.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Introduction to Baseball in America and America in Baseball: The Webb Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures. Texas A&M University Press for the University of Texas, Arlington: College Station, Texas, 2008.
  • “The Civil Rights Movement: Race and Civil Society,” Chapter in American Society: Essays on History and Culture, edited by A.A. Maslennikova, G. Garvey, and A.V. Zelenschikov. St. Petersburg, Russia: St. Petersburg State University Publishing House, 2007.
  • “Babe Ruth and the Feature Film: The Muddling of a Myth,” in Reel Baseball, McFarland and Company Inc: Jefferson, NC, 2003.
  • “Hockey Internationale.” Putting it on Ice, Volume II: Internationalizing Canada’s Game, The Grosebrook Research Institute, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, (2003) 133-4.
  • “The Uncertainty of History, in One for the Higger: Jack Higgs, A Man for All Seasons, East Tennessee State University and Sport Literature Association Publication, 81-90.
  • “Where Have you Gone Frank Meriwell” in American Sport Culture: The Humanistic Dimension. The Bucknell University Press: Lewisberg Pensylvania, 1985.


  • Named Honorary Director of the American Center, Udmurt State University, Izhevsk, Russia, November 11, 2008.
  • Lecture on American Exceptionalism, Russian Institute for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia. November 11, 2008
  • Lecture on U.S. Russian Relations, Linguistic University of Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, November 13, 2008.
  • Participant and Guest Speaker for the Tenth Anniversary of the American Center, Udmurdt State University, Izhevsk, Russia, November 17-21, 2008.
  • Presenter at Keynote Session at the Conference on International Exchanges, Udmurdt State Univeristy, Izhevsk, Russia, November 16, 2008.
  • North American Society for Sport History, NASSH Service Award, presented for continuous distinguished service to the organization. May, 2004.
  • Lecturer at Institute for the Study of Sport, “The Business of Sport in America,” De Montforte University, Leicester, England, November 18, 2002.
  • Keynote Speaker, NINE Conference on Baseball, Tucson Arizona, March, 2001.
  • Guest Lecturer, The Chicago Symposium Series on Sport and Culture, Sponsored by the Newberry Library and the History
  • Department of Northeastern Illinois, October, 2001,Fulbright Senior Specialist Program. Consultant and Lecturer. May, 1993 to present.