Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, had his chapter, titled “Baseball, Invented Tradition, and Nationalistic Spirit,” published in “Myths and Milestones in the History of Sport,” which is edited by Stephen Wagg and published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book goes beyond the newsy versions of apparent turning points in sport history and explores these moments in a series of detailed and insightful studies.
Two of Gems’ book reviews also have been published in the fall 2011 issue of “Journal of Sport History.” The first was a review of Greg Gubi’s “The Lost Century of American Football: Reports from the Birth of the Game,” 506-507; and the second was a review of Joseph S. Page’s book, “Primo Carnera: The Life and Career of the Heavyweight Boxing Champion,” 520-521.
In addition, his essay titled “Sport and American Imperialism in Asia” will be published in March in “Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice,” edited by John Nauright (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO).
Gems has been a member of North Central College’s faculty since 1988. He earned his B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University, his M.S. from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.