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Baseball’s Labor Wars

Peter Dreier Dissent
Major League Baseball owners’ recent lockout was an effort to reverse the gains that players had won over decades of labor struggle. The owners failed.

When Baseball Players Formed Their Own League

Robert B. Ross, Michael Arria Jacobin
Major League Baseball is mired in a lockout, as team owners refuse to budge just weeks before Opening Day. It’s a perfect time to look back at when the players revolted against the owners and started their own league: the 1890 Players’ League.

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.
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