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Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace

David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen

Abstract

This book follows the paths of sports figures who were embraced by the general populace but who, through a variety of circumstances, real or imagined, found themselves falling out of favor. The chapters focus on the roles played by athletes, the media, and fans in describing how once-esteemed popular figures find themselves scorned by the same public that at one time viewed them as heroic, laudable, or otherwise respectable. The book examines a wide range of sports and eras, and includes chapters on Barry Bonds, Kirby Puckett, Mike Tyson, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, Branch Rickey, Joe Louis a ... More

Keywords: sports figures, athletes, media, fans, popular figures, public image, Barry Bonds, Kirby Puckett, Mike Tyson, Mark McGwire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604737516
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737516.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David C. Ogden, editor

Joel Nathan Rosen, editor

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Introduction

David C. Ogden, and Joel Nathan Rosen

Barry Bonds

Lisa Doris Alexander

Kirby Puckett

Sherrie L. Wilson

Don’t Believe the Hype

Thabiti Lewis

Lost in Translation

Shelley Lucas

Branch Rickey

Robert F. Lewis II

Inextricably Linked

C. Oren Renick, and Joel Nathan Rosen

A Precarious Perch

Gregory J. Kaliss

Jim Brown

Roberta J. Newman

Afterword

Jack Lule

End Matter