Much More Than a Game: Players, Owners, and American Baseball Since 1921
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BeschreibungTo 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.
PortraitRobert F. Burk is professor and chair of the history department at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio.
Pressestimmen"A penetrating and savvy history of baseball's turbulent labor relations. Those seeking insight into the upcoming 2000-2001 round of collective bargaining would do well to start with Much More Than a Game." - Andrew Zimbalist, author of Baseball and Billions: A Probing Look Inside the Big Business of Our National Pastime"
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA PR
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2001
Seitenanzahl: 384 Seiten