STEVEN A. RIESS (Ph.D., U. of Chicago, 1974) is the author of Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era (1980, rev. ed., 1999), City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports (1989), and Sport in Industrial America, 1850-1920 (1995), and has edited several books including The Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball Teams (2006) and Sports and the American Jew (1998). Among the founding members of the North American Society for Sport History, he edited the Journal of Sport History from 1985 to 1992, and edits the series "Sports and Entertainment" for Syracuse University Press. Three of his books were cited by Choice as "Outstanding Academic Books." Other awards include the Webb-Smith Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He co-directs the Chicago Seminar on Sport and Culture. He has recently completed a major study entitled "The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime: Politics, Gambling and Horse Racing in Chicago and New York, 1865-1897." In addition to teaching the first half of the U.S. survey, he also teaches the History of American Sport, History of Chicago, American Ethnic History, and History of Crime and Violence.