Much More Than a Game Players, Owners, and American Baseball since 1921

ISBN-10: 0807849081
ISBN-13: 9780807849088
Edition: 2001
Authors: Robert F. Burk
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

To most Americans, baseball is just a sport; but to those who own baseball teams--and those who play on them--our national pastime is much more than a game. In this book, Robert Burk traces the turbulent labor history of American baseball since 1921. His comprehensive, readable account details the many battles between owners and players that irrevocably altered the business of baseball. During what Burk calls baseball's "paternalistic era," from 1921 to the early 1960s, the sport's management rigidly maintained a system of racial segregation, established a network of southern-based farm teams that served as a captive source of cheap replacement labor, and crushed any attempts by players to create collective bargaining institutions. In the 1960s, however, the paternal order crumbled, eroded in part by the civil rights movement and the competition of television. As a consequence, in the "inflationary era" that followed, both players and umpires established effective unions that successfully pressed for higher pay, pensions, and greater occupational mobility--and then fought increasingly bitter struggles to hold on to these hard-won gains.

Illustrations
Preface
The Age of Rickey
1930-1940
1941-1949
1950-1965
The Age of Miller
1966-1972
1973-1979
1980-1988
1989-2000
Appendix
Notes
Bibliographic Essay
Index

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