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Gietschier, Steven

Associate Professor
School of Humanities

Butler Library 313
(636) 949-4567

Course Information

Term Course Course Name

SP SEM 16 HIS 20000 11 15FAL History of the Contemporary World (GE-CrsClt)
SP SEM 16 HIS 23200 11  History of American Sports


A native of New York, Dr. Steven P. Gietschier joined the Lindenwood faculty in 2009. He is University Curator and Associate Professor of History. He and his wife Donna have lived in St. Louis since 1986. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandsons.

Educational and Professional Experience

Dr. Gietschier has a B.S.F.S. (Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service) with a major in International Affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D., both in history, from The Ohio State University. He has worked as a public historian for almost forty years. Before coming to Lindenwood, he was on staff at the Ohio Historical Society, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and The Sporting News, a weekly magazine formerly published in St. Louis.

Areas of Focus

For the past several decades, Dr. Gietschier has concentrated on the history of American sports. He teaches a course in this field, has published in it, and has presented many papers at conferences devoted to sport history and, more particularly, to the history of baseball.


Dr. Gietschier is a member of the North American Society for Sport History ( and currently serves on its executive council. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research ( and a former member of its executive board. He is also on the editorial board of NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture and helps to organize the annual NINE Spring Training Conference.

Research Interests

Dr. Gietschier is an American historian and a generalist with an emphasis on the social and economic history of baseball. Particular interests include the evolution of baseball's rules, sabermetrics (the statistical analysis of baseball performance), and the interaction of the sport with other facets of American culture and society. He has written widely and is currently preparing a manuscript on the history of baseball from 1931 to 1960.

Teaching Interests

Each semester, Dr. Gietschier teaches History of the Contemporary World, a course that draws a diverse group of undergraduates interested in studying the history of the world since the end of World War II. In the fall, he teaches Public History, a course that introduces history majors and other interested undergraduates to career opportunities in history beyond the classroom. In the spring, he teaches History of American Sports. During J-Term, he teaches Baseball History and American Culture.

Selected Publications

Recent publications include:
“Slugging and Snubbing: Hugh Casey, Ernest Hemingway, and Jackie Robinson—A Baseball Mystery,”

NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 21 (Fall 2012), 12-46.

 “More Whimpers Than Bangs: How Batters Perform When ‘It’s the World Series and they’re down to their

final out,’” Baseball Research Journal 42 (Fall 2013), 85-93. Also available at:


Recent presentations include:
 Paper, “Slugging and Snubbing: Hugh Casey, Ernest Hemingway, and Jackie Robinson—A Baseball

Mystery,” The Nineteenth Annual NINE Spring Training Conference, Tempe, AZ, March 9, 2012.


Chair and Commentator, “San Francisco Bay Area Baseball: The Color of Race and Conflict,” North

American Society for Sport History, Berkeley, CA, June 4, 2012.


Guest Lecture, “Sabermetrics,” Play Ball! A Baseball Potpourri, Lifelong Learning Institute, Washington

University, St. Louis, MO, July 5, 2012.


Paper, “’It’s the World Series, and They’re Down to Their Final Out’: Baseball’s Ultimate Clutch

Situation,” The Twentieth Annual NINE Spring Training Conference, Tempe, AZ, March 15, 2013.


Paper, “’Uncle Sam Needs Only to Call’: Baseball and the United States’ Peacetime Military Draft, 1940-

1941,” North American Society for Sport History, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, May 25, 2013.


Chair and Commentator, “Fandom,” North American Society for Sport History, Halifax, Nova Scotia,

Canada, May 27, 2013.

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