Assistant anthropology professor, Holly Swyers, published her book Wrigley Regulars: Finding Community in the Bleachers this July. After observing Chicago’s Wrigley Field bleachers fans for years, Swyers wrote a case study about this community of “regulars.” She uses a qualitative approach to explore the traditions of a Wrigley bleacher regular, such as scorecard-keeping, seating distributions and superstitions that create the community. Swyers’ research helps answer the question of what conditions and behaviors help create and sustain a community feeling. As a bleacher regular, she has a firsthand experience being part of this study.
Author of The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad, Robert Elias said, “Wrigley Regulars provides a very sophisticated analysis of community and then examines it using a provocative, compelling, and unusual case study about baseball. Because baseball is so deeply entrenched in American history and culture, Holly Swyers’s case study has broad appeal.” Pat Hughes, voice of the Chicago Cubs on WGN radio, even mentioned her book during his broadcast last weekend.
Wrigley Regulars is available online at Amazon.com.