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The Disappearance of Curt Flood’s Blackness

The Disappearance of Curt Flood’s Blackness

Chapter:
(p.87) 4 The Disappearance of Curt Flood’s Blackness
Source:
Curt Flood in the Media
Author(s):
Abraham Iqbal Khan
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031380.003.0004

This chapter examines the rhetorical consonances between black press support for Flood and the national sports media’s advocacy of his case. It considers the support Flood received in the New York Times and the Sporting News, the era’s two most nationally significant newspapers to report on sports. It argues that black newspapers advocated Flood in a persuasive defense of universal justice and simultaneously fought to protect an institution—baseball—with nearly unmatched symbolic importance to liberalism’s progress narrative.

Keywords:   African American athletes, baseball, black press, national sports media, universal justice

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