Publishers WeeklyBelth's biography of Curt Flood, a dynamic centerfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1960s, sheds light on an important player in baseball history. After signing a contract with the Cincinnati Reds out of high school in 1956, Flood began feeling racism's sting. These struggles, which included living and eating separately from his white teammates, turned Flood into a socially aware, defiant man. When he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1969, Flood sacrificed his career and $90,000 paycheck and sued Major League Baseball, claiming that the reserve clause, which gave the owners perpetual control of a player's contract, was illegal. Belth, host of a Yankees fan blog, shines in the second half of the book, as Flood's clash with the owners and Major League Baseball becomes a conflict between nostalgia and antitrust laws that reaches the Supreme Court in 1972. Though Flood lost, the reverberations of the lawsuit were widespread. Still, Flood was accused by the press, fans and even some fellow ballplayers of ruining America's pastime, and he withdrew from the game and from life. Belth's final chapters capture the benefits and drawbacks of sacrificing oneself for the good of the whole. Photos. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A biography of the all-star baseball player who stood up to injustice.
Library JournalThe first biography of the gifted centerfielder (1938-1997) who challenged the reserve clause by which a team's right to a player was automatically extended in perpetuity. Belth, a Yankees blog host, traces Flood's rough childhood and the racism that he experienced on and off the field. When, after 12 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, with multiple Gold Gloves and All-Star appearances, Flood refused to accept a trade to the Phillies, he blazed a path for free agency but sacrificed his career. A fine read on a pioneer in baseball and African American history. For collections in both areas. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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