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Curt Flood’s Public Case

Curt Flood’s Public Case

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Curt Flood in the Media
Abraham Iqbal Khan
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents a reading of Flood’s book, The Way It Is (1970), that finds Flood wanting the public and other players to see and hear a truth that was always hidden from view: baseball was a dehumanizing institution that concealed its moral errors in disingenuous appeals to the public interest. Perhaps Flood wrote The Way It Is in an attempt to direct his discourse through paths that led around the national sports press. The book is examined as a strategic document that attempts to negotiate the racial trouble his case seemed to generate.

Keywords:   The Way It Is, baseball, race, African American athletes

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