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In Baseball Magic George Gmelch further expands on anthropologists Bronislaw Malinowskis observation of when people turn to magic or supernatural powers when they are placed in a situation where the outcome is beyond their control and essentially uncertain Magic plays different roles in a persons life depending on the types of situations they encounter Magic is not directly related to religion because the use of magic is simply the use of supernatural powers when necessary Gmelch uses professional baseball players to illustrate the frequent but varying use of magic in the sport due to the fact that this is their occupation and their income depends on their performance The use of magic allows the players to try and control any chance that is apart of the sport In general baseball has three essential activities of the game pitching hitting and fielding each of which play an important role in the overall outcome of win or a lose Because baseball is comprised entirely of the three activities it is likely that an association with chance or luck would be linked to each Both pitching and hitting have major risk factors connected that would create uncertainty for the players In fielding fate is better associated because players have no control over where the other teams player will hit the ball Although baseball is a sport that involved plenty of skill and technique it is vital to acknowledge the role luck does play in such an event The ways players try to control these uncertainties are done through rituals taboos and fetishes Each differs in how they developed as well as what role they play in players overall game The reason for continuing a ritual taboo or fetish usually is associated with good or bad performance which is a link between magic and real life situations that is likely unknown to outsiders A sense of comfort is created through a routine and will likely result in a
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