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Curt Flood in the MediaBaseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete$
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Abraham Iqbal Khan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031380

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031380.001.0001

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The Disappearance of Curt Flood’s Blackness

The Disappearance of Curt Flood’s Blackness

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Curt Flood in the Media

Abraham Iqbal Khan

University Press of Mississippi

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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