One Nation Under Baseball

One Nation Under Baseball

How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime

John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro
Foreword by Bob Costas

256 pages
32 photographs

Hardcover

April 2017

978-0-8032-8690-0

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eBook (EPUB)

April 2017

978-1-4962-0080-8

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April 2017

978-1-4962-0082-2

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About the Book

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.
              
 
 

Author Bio

John Florio is a freelance writer and novelist. He is the author of Sugar Pop Moon and Blind Moon Alley. Ouisie Shapiro is an Emmy-winning writer and producer of sport documentaries. Her writing credits include HBO’s Nine Innings from Ground Zero and ESPN’s Playing for the Mob. Florio and Shapiro are the authors of One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title. They are also contributors to the Atlantic and the New Yorker. They live in Brooklyn, New York. Bob Costas has been broadcasting sports for four decades.

For more information about the authors visit florioshapiro.com.

Praise

"Florio and Shapiro have captured the essence of the decade offering some compelling stories of the events and people."—Richard Crepeau, New York Journal of Books

"A riveting account."—Allen Barra, Dallas News

"Careful, pointed writing shows us that professional sports should not be viewed in isolation from the society in which they function."—Kirkus

"This well-researched and -referenced book is a very enjoyable read. Everybody who is interested in knowing and understanding the history of baseball and race relations in America must read it."—Washington Book Review

"A compelling account of how many of the major cultural challenges and social upheavals during the 1960s interacted with Major League Baseball."—Joseph L. Price, ARETE

"A brilliant history, both of baseball and our nation."—Bob Mayberry, Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine

“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
 

“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
 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

A Note to the Reader

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

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