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One Nation Under Baseball

How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime

John Florio

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 04/2017
Pages: 256
Subject: Sports and Recreation
eBook ISBN: 9781496200808

DESCRIPTION

One Nation Under Baseball highlights the intersection between American society and America's pastime during the 1960s, when the hallmarks of the sport—fairness, competition, and mythology—came under scrutiny. John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro examine the events of the era that reshaped the game: the Koufax and Drysdale million-dollar holdout, the encroachment of television on newspaper coverage, the changing perception of ballplayers from mythic figures to overgrown boys, the arrival of the everyman Mets and their free-spirited fans, and the lawsuit brought against team owners by Curt Flood.One Nation Under Baseball brings to life the seminal figures of the era—including Bob Gibson, Marvin Miller, Tom Seaver, and Dick Young—richly portraying their roles during a decade of flux and uncertainty.

   

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro are freelance writers based in Brooklyn, New York. Together they have written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, VICE Sports, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated. They are the authors of One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title and the young adult book War in the Ring: Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, and the Fight between America and Hitler. Florio is also a novelist and Shapiro is an Emmy-winning writer and producer of sports documentaries. Bob Costas has been broadcasting sports for four decades. For more information about the authors visit florioshapiro.com.

REVIEWS

"One great story after another. Mickey Mantle. Muhammad Ali. Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. Martin Luther King. The moon landing. Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please!"—Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four  

"An important inside historical account of baseball's awakening amid the social change in America in the '60s. Florio and Shapiro cover it all in riveting and incisive fashion, from the press box to the baseball boardrooms, the clubhouse, and the courthouse."—Bill Madden, Hall of Fame baseball writer  

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