Nebraska Authors

Benjamin Rader

Born Ozarks, MO (USA)

James L. Sellers Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. American cultural historian who wrote well reviewed and widely admired books about the role of sports in American culture. His books on sports have been translated into German, Japanese and Swedish. His most recent work is a multi-generational history of the Ozarks neighborhood where he was born.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


History--Sports; History--American Culture; History--Intellectual; Baseball


Bachelor of Arts, Southwest Missouri State, 1958
Master of Arts, Oklahoma State, 1959
Ph.D., Maryland, 1964


Chairman of the UNL History Department
Professor of History

Places Worked

University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of Montana


Recipient of a distinguished teaching award from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1995
Selected as the first James L. Sellers Professor of History, first UNL History professor to have an endowed chair


Friend of Peter Maslowski


Baseball: A History of America's Game. 1992. In HR.
American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Spectator Sports. 1983. In HR.
In Its Own Image: How Television Has Transformed Sports. 1984. In HR
American Ways: A History of American Cultures. 2006. In HR.
Down on Mahan's Creek: A History of an Ozarks Neighborhood. 2017.
America's National Game 1992. (wrote the introduction to the Bison Books edition by author Albert Spalding) In HR.
Early Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1825-1908. 1994. (wrote the introduction)

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