One Nation Under Baseball by John Florio
How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime

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This book has all sorts of anecdotes about baseball and the 1960s. There are some interesting tales about what happened over those eventful ten years, as even a timeless game wasn't immune to what was happening outside of the foul lines. But the authors don't offer too much analysist. The resulting book feels a little too short.
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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.
              
 
 

 

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Published April 1, 2017 by University of Nebraska Press. 256 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Feb 27 2017

This book has all sorts of anecdotes about baseball and the 1960s. There are some interesting tales about what happened over those eventful ten years, as even a timeless game wasn't immune to what was happening outside of the foul lines. But the authors don't offer too much analysist. The resulting book feels a little too short.

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