Baseball Rebels: The Players, People, and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America

Baseball Rebels: The Players, People, and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America

Baseball Rebels: The Players, People, and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America

Baseball Rebels: The Players, People, and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America

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Overview

In Baseball Rebels Peter Dreier and Robert Elias examine the key social challenges—racism, sexism and homophobia—that shaped society and worked their way into baseball’s culture, economics, and politics.

Since baseball emerged in the mid-1800s to become America’s pastime, the nation’s battles over race, gender, and sexuality have been reflected on the playing field, in the executive suites, in the press box, and in the community. Some of baseball’s rebels are widely recognized, but most of them are either little known or known primarily for their baseball achievements—not their political views and activism. Everyone knows the story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color line, but less known is Sam Nahem, who opposed the racial divide in the U.S. military and organized an integrated military team that won a championship in 1945. Or Toni Stone, the first of three women who played for the Indianapolis Clowns in the previously all-male Negro Leagues. Or Dave Pallone, MLB’s first gay umpire. Many players, owners, reporters, and other activists challenged both the baseball establishment and society’s status quo.

Baseball Rebels tells stories of baseball’s reformers and radicals who were influenced by, and in turn influenced, America’s broader political and social protest movements, making the game—and society—better along the way.

 


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ISBN-13: 9781496231765
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 04/01/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 440
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Peter Dreier is E. P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and founding chair of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. A former newspaper reporter, community organizer, and senior policy adviser to former Boston mayor Ray Flynn, he has authored or coauthored seven books, including The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. Robert Elias is a professor of politics and legal studies at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of several books, including Baseball and the American Dream: Race, Class, Gender, and the National Pastime. Dave Zirin is the author of several books, the sports editor for The Nation, and host of the weekly Edge of Sports podcast and radio show.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Dave Zirin
Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
Resisting Racism
1. Battling Jim Crow
2. Building Black Institutions
3. Before Jackie Robinson
4. Crossing the Color Line
5. Defending Civil Rights

Resisting Sexism and Homophobia
6. Women in Baseball
7. Gay Men in Baseball

Today’s Activists and an Agenda for Change
8. Modern-Day Rebels
9. Baseball Justice: An Unfinished Agenda
 
Bibliography
Index
Also by the Authors

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