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- DescriptionPower struggles off the field To most Americans, baseball is just a sport; but to those who own baseball teams - and to 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 the paternalistic era, from 1921 to the early 1960s, baseball's management rigidly maintained racial segregation, established a network of southern-based farm teams to serve as a captive source of cheap replacement labor, and crushed 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 arrival 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.
- Author BiographyRobert F. Burk is professor and chair of the history department at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio.
- Author(s)Robert F. Burk
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication31/03/2001
- SubjectIndustrial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Noteillustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
- Weight590 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine22 mm
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