Major League Turbulence

Baseball in the Era of Drug Use, Labor Strife and Black Power, 1968–1988

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About the Book

The decades between the late 1960s counterculture and the advent of steroid use in the late 1980s bought tumult to Major League Baseball. Dock Ellis (Pirates, Yankees) and Dick Allen (Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers, White Sox) epitomized the era with recreational drug use (Ellis), labor strife (Allen), and the questioning of authority. Both men were Black Power advocates at a time when the movement was growing in baseball. In the 1970s and 1980s, Marvin Miller and the Major League Baseball Players Association fought numerous, mostly victorious battles with MLB and team owners. This book chronicles a turbulent period in baseball, and in American life, that led directly to the performance-enhancing drug era and dramatically changed nature of the game.

About the Author(s)

Douglas Branson is the Sell Chair in Law (Emeritus) at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of more than 20 books.

Bibliographic Details

Douglas M. Branson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 15 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8058-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4066-2
Imprint: McFarland