Curt Flood Story

Curt Flood Story

by Stuart L. Weiss
     
 

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Curt Flood, former star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, is a hero to many for selflessly sacrificing his career to challenge baseball’s reserve system. Sportswriters and fans have helped to paint a picture of Flood as a larger-than-life figure, a portrait that, unhappily, cannot stand closer inspection. This book reveals the real Flood—more

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Curt Flood, former star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, is a hero to many for selflessly sacrificing his career to challenge baseball’s reserve system. Sportswriters and fans have helped to paint a picture of Flood as a larger-than-life figure, a portrait that, unhappily, cannot stand closer inspection. This book reveals the real Flood—more man than myth. Drawing on previously untapped sources, Weiss explains how Flood’s battle against the reserve system cannot be understood in isolation from the personal experiences that precipitated it, such as his youth in a dysfunctional home, his unwavering commitment to the Cardinals, and his alcoholism. It shows that Flood was neither a hero nor a martyr but a victim of unique circumstances and his own life.

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“Weiss has written a fine, passionate biography.”—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly

With his wiry frame and stern countenance, Curt Flood is the storied Cardinals center fielder who became a 1960s civil rights cause célèbre; however, a hagiographic shroud has enveloped Flood, making accurate assessment of his legacy difficult. This last year has seen three Flood biographies, and there is good reason to believe that Weiss, a history professor (The President's Man) who takes a skeptical position toward Flood, has produced one of the most enlightening. Angered over being traded to the Phillies in 1969, Flood responded by suing Major League Baseball to do away with the reserve clause (which permitted the teams to "own" the players in perpetuity), which would secure him the right to negotiate freely with other teams. Flood's case went to the Supreme Court, where he lost. Behind the bland title lurks a carefully researched and cogently reasoned account. Weiss, unafraid to ruffle a few feathers, shows that, far from being motivated solely by high ideals, Flood's decision to sue arose out of financial and familial turmoil and wounded pride. Flood later turned himself into a sort of professional victim, exaggerating the racial strife of his Oakland boyhood and papering over his alcoholism and unpaid child support bills. Weiss has written a fine, passionate biography. (June)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826217400
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
Sports and American Culture Series, #1
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
938,253
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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