Fame to InfamyRace, Sport, and the Fall from Grace

Fame to InfamyRace, Sport, and the Fall from Grace

David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9781604737516

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi


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 and Max Schmeling, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jim Brown, as well as an afterword and introduction.

Table of Contents


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


Jack Lule

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