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Dec. 10, 2020
Arthur G. Sharp
Non-fiction: Sports
The sixty-year-long civil rights struggle to legitimize Sunday baseball in the United States is one of the most underreported events in American history. In involved court battles, religious controversies, civil unrest, international implications, devious circumventions to get around legal barriers, racial struggles, countless arrests of civilians, players, and umpires, heroic individual sacrifices for the good of the game—and at least one murder attributed to illegal Sabbath baseball.
Today people attend or play in baseball games on Sundays without giving a thought to who it made it possible, how they did it, or how long it took to secure the right. The story of the sixty-year pro-Sunday baseball advocates’ struggle to overcome the determined opposition’s push to enforce the draconian blue laws, aka Sunday laws, in the United States that prevented Sunday baseball in most states is one worth reading. It unfolds in these pages through numerous case histories, tributes to the unsung heroes who fought to legitimize Sunday baseball, and descriptions of the reasons behind the bans on the games.
In short, the book shows how difficult it is to effect social change in the United States in situations where law, religion, popular opinion, and common sense collide. People may not think of Sunday baseball as one of those situations, but it was—and, as the author points out, the fight to legalize it may not be over since some of the organizations that fought against it decades ago still exist.
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Arthur Sharp
phone: 18136141326
2473 New Haven Circle, Sun City Center, FL 33573
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