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How Much Longer Will Major League Baseball Stay in the Closet?

Peter Dreier The Conversation
Athletes in three of the five major male team sports – the NBA, NFL and MLS – have come out while still playing, but not one of more than 20,000 men who have played major league baseball. What’s taken so long?

Winners and Losers in the Politics of the Old Ball Game

Jabari Simama Governing
When it comes to pro sports, public officials are constantly dealing with issues from social equity to neighborhood development to taxpayer subsidies. Nothing illustrates these issues better than Atlanta’s long relationship with the Braves.

Curt Flood - The Ballplayer Who Fought for Free Agency

Peter Dreier The Nation
For his talents on the diamond and his determination off of it, Curt Flood deserves to be a Hall of Famer. A year after the Montgomery bus boycott-his first MLB season, he was one of the first ballplayers involved with the civil rights movement...

Baseball Says No to Jim Crow 2.0

Dave Zirin The Nation
Major League Baseball is a conservative institution. It speaks volumes that it moved the All-Star Game from Brian Kemp’s Georgia...Baseball needed to make this move. It had to finally do more than talk a good game.

Hank Aaron Still Stands Alone

Derrick Z. Jackson The American Prospect
His career and example stand in drastic contrast to the lesser men who were not inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame just after Aaron’s death.

Oakland Catcher Bruce Maxwell Breaks Baseball’s Politics Line

Dave Zirin The Nation
There is a wall in baseball between sports and politics. One player just put a crack in it. Fall - Baseball - League Championships - World Series - what makes baseball different from other sports, like football, basketball and soccer?

Tidbits - July 13, 2017 - Reader Comments: Trump's Revisionist History; Ransacking the Public Sector; Chile then, Venezuela Today; Beatriz at Dinner; Model Labor Resolution Against Cuban Blockade; New Book on Baseball's Radicals; and more...

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Reader Comments: Trump's Revisionist History - Poland; Ransacking the Public Sector; Democracy in Chains; Paul Robeson; Chile then, Venezuela Today; Beatriz at Dinner; San Francisco Labor Against Cuban Blockade - Example for labor; Painters Union Calls for Release of Two Union Members from ICE Detention; New Book on Baseball's Radicals; Reality Winner Defense Launched; Global Platform for the Right to the City; National Screening: Arc of Justice-July 20th; and more...

Why the World Series Is Tainted by Racism

Brian Ward The Nation
Cleveland's baseball team flaunts the most spectacularly racist logo in professional sports. When the American League Championship series shifted to Toronto, a First Nations activist, Douglas Cardinal, went to Ontario court to bar the logo from being worn while the team played in Toronto, deeming the name and logo to be violations of the Ontario Human Rights code. Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians' front office sent 27 lawyers to challenge this.
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