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

270 pages
32 photographs, index


April 2019


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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 and Ouisie Shapiro are freelance writers based in Brooklyn, New York. Together they have written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, VICE Sports, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated. They are the authors of One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title and the young adult book War in the Ring: Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, and the Fight between America and Hitler. Florio is also a novelist, and Shapiro is an Emmy-winning writer and producer of sports documentaries. Bob Costas has been broadcasting sports for four decades.

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"One Nation Under Baseball . . . looks at how the turmoil of the 1960s sowed the seeds for today's game. A recurrent theme is ballplayers' fight for higher wages, and when the labor lawyer Marvin Miller was hired in 1966 to lead the players' union, it was all over but the court filing: The Curt Flood case taking on baseball's reserve clause would eventually lead to free agency. This excellent read also covers race relations and other social issues, as well as the decade's most memorable teams, players and events."—Daniel M. Gold, New York Times

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

“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

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

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

"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

“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

"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

"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

Table of Contents

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

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