Alexander, Charles C. 1935–

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Alexander, Charles C. 1935–

(Charles Comer Alexander)


Born October 24, 1935, in Cass County, TX; son of Charles Comer (an educator) and Pauline Alexander; married JoAnn Erwin, June 2, 1960; children: Rachel Camille. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University), B.A., 1958; University of Texas, M.A., 1959, Ph.D., 1962. Politics: Republican.


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University of Houston, Houston, TX, instructor, 1962-64, assistant professor of history, 1964-66; University of Georgia, Athens, associate professor of history, 1966-70; Ohio University, Athens, professor, 1970-89, distinguished professor of history, 1989-2004, professor emeritus, 2004—. University of Texas, visiting associate professor, 1968-69.


Society for American Baseball Research, Southern Historical Association, Ohio Historical Society, Phi Beta Kappa.


Seymour Medal, Society for American Baseball Research, 2003, for Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era.


Crusade for Conformity: The Ku Klux Klan in Texas, 1920-30, Texas Gulf Coast Historical Association (Houston, TX), 1962.

The Ku Klux Klan in the Southwest, University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 1965.

(With Loyd S. Swenson and James M. Grimwood) This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury, U.S. Government Printing Office (Washington, DC), 1966.

Nationalism in American Thought, 1930-1945, Rand McNally (Chicago, IL), 1969.

Holding the Line: The Eisenhower Era, 1952-1961, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 1975.

Here the Country Lies: Nationalism and the Arts in Twentieth-Century America, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 1980.

Ty Cobb, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1984.

John McGraw, Viking (New York, NY), 1988.

Our Game: An American Baseball History, Holt (New York, NY), 1991.

Roger Hornsby: A Biography, Holt (New York, NY), 1995.

Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2002.

Spoke: A Biography of This Speaker, Southern Methodist University Press (Dallas, TX), 2007.

Contributor to periodicals.


Charles C. Alexander told CA: "In the first half of my academic career, I wrote about ‘traditional’ aspects of U.S. history. In the 1980s I turned to writing baseball history, as well as teaching large classes on the subject at Ohio University. I was able to turn my lifelong love of the game into a professional occupation."

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