Baseball s Power Shift

Baseball s Power Shift

Baseball's Power Shift chronicles the growth and development of the union movement in Major League Baseball and the key role of the press and public opinion in the players' successes and failures in labor-management relations.

Author: Krister Swanson

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803288041

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 791

From Major League Baseball's inception in the 1880s through World War II, team owners enjoyed monopolistic control of the industry. Despite the players' desire to form a viable union, every attempt to do so failed. The labor consciousness of baseball players lagged behind that of workers in other industries, and the public was largely in the dark about labor practices in baseball. In the mid-1960s, star players Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale staged a joint holdout for multiyear contracts and much higher salaries. Their holdout quickly drew support from the public; for the first time, owners realized they could ill afford to alienate fans, their primary source of revenue. Baseball's Power Shift chronicles the growth and development of the union movement in Major League Baseball and the key role of the press and public opinion in the players' successes and failures in labor-management relations. Swanson focuses on the most turbulent years, 1966 to 1981, which saw the birth of the Major League Baseball Players Association as well as three strikes, two lockouts, Curt Flood's challenge to the reserve clause in the Supreme Court, and the emergence of full free agency. To defeat the owners, the players' union needed support from the press, and perhaps more importantly, the public. With the public on their side, the players ushered in a new era in professional sports when salaries skyrocketed and fans began to care as much about the business dealings of their favorite team as they do about wins and losses. Swanson shows how fans and the media became key players in baseball's labor wars and paved the way for the explosive growth in the American sports economy.
Categories: Business & Economics

Baseball s All Time Best Sluggers

Baseball s All Time Best Sluggers

Table 2.3 Transformation Powers over Baseball History Initial Year Event 1876
1901 1920 1931 1947 1963 1969 1977 1993 BA ... Home runs and stolen bases
are the only offensive events requiring more than one transformation power shift.

Author: Michael J. Schell

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400881352

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 408

View: 309

Over baseball history, which park has been the best for run scoring?1 Which player would lose the most home runs after adjustments for ballpark effect?2 Which player claims four of the top five places for best individual seasons ever played, based on all-around offensive performance.3 (See answers, below). These are only three of the intriguing questions Michael Schell addresses in Baseball's All-Time Best Sluggers, a lively examination of the game of baseball using the most sophisticated statistical tools available. The book provides an in-depth evaluation of every major offensive event in baseball history, and identifies the players with the 100 best seasons and most productive careers. For the first time ever, ballpark effects across baseball history are presented for doubles, triples, right- and left-handed home-run hitting, and strikeouts. The book culminates with a ranking of the game's best all-around batters. Using a brisk conversational style, Schell brings to the plate the two most important credentials essential to producing a book of this kind: an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball and a professional background in statistics. Building on the traditions of renowned baseball historians Pete Palmer and Bill James, he has analyzed the most important factors impacting the sport, including the relative difficulty of hitting in different ballparks, the length of hitters' careers, the talent pool from which players are drawn, player aging, and changes in the game that have raised or lowered major-league batting averages. Schell's book finally levels the playing field, giving new credit to hitters who played in adverse conditions, and downgrading others who faced fewer obstacles. It also provides rankings based on players' positions. For example, Derek Jeter ranks 295th out of 1,140 on the best batters list, but jumps to 103rd in the position-adjusted list, reflecting his offensive prowess among shortstops. Replete with dozens of never-before reported stories and statistics, Baseball's All-Time Best Sluggers will forever shape the way baseball fans view the greatest heroes of America's national pastime. Answers: 1. Coors Field 2. Mel Ott 3. Barry Bonds, 2001-2004 seasons
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Kansas City vs Oakland

Kansas City vs  Oakland

See Krister Swanson, Baseball's Power Shift: How the Players Union, the Fans,
and the Media Changed American Sports Culture (Lincoln: University of
Nebraska Press, 2016), ix–xvii. 32. Jim Bouton, I'm Glad You Didn't Take It
Personally ...

Author: Matthew C. Ehrlich

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252051500

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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A driving ambition linked Oakland and Kansas City in the 1960s. Each city sought the national attention and civic glory that came with being home to professional sports teams. Their successful campaigns to lure pro franchises ignited mutual rivalries in football and baseball that thrilled hometown fans. But even Super Bowl victories and World Series triumphs proved to be no defense against urban problems in the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s.Matthew C. Ehrlich tells the fascinating history of these iconic sports towns. From early American Football League battles to Oakland's deft poaching of baseball's Kansas City Athletics, the cities emerged as fierce opponents from Day One. Ehrlich weaves a saga of athletic stars and folk heroes like Len Dawson, Al Davis, George Brett, and Reggie Jackson with a chronicle of two cities forced to confront the wrenching racial turmoil, labor conflict, and economic crises that arise when soaring aspirations collide with harsh realities.Colorful and thought-provoking, Kansas City vs. Oakland breaks down who won and who lost when big-time sports came to town.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Baseball s Golden Greeks

Baseball s Golden Greeks

New ' Boudreau Shift Involves Power ' s Switch . ” The Sporting News , June 27 ,
1956 . Middlesworth , Hal . “ Skizas Sizzles at Plate , Tries Hot Corner in Bid for
Berth . ” The Sporting News , March 26 , 1958 . Munzel , Edgar . “ Golden Greek ...

Author: Diamantis Zervos

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015061869320

Category: Baseball players

Page: 303

View: 655

Categories: Baseball players

Baseball s Canadian American League

Baseball s Canadian American League

After just one well - attended contest there , Buckley abruptly intoned that the
franchise would shift permanently to the " Power Village . " With 11 , 000 people (
pretty small for a city , but pretty big for a village ) and an economy which had
never ...

Author: David Pietrusza

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015019003501

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 222

View: 844

The history of a Class C minor league during a turbulent 15 years reveals what minor league baseball--indeed, all of baseball--was experiencing: the coming of night baseball, World War II, the postwar era, integration, competition with television. Includes stories of stars in the making: Bob Lemon, Tommy LaSorda, Al Rosen, Lou Burdette, and of those who never made it to the majors. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Baseball s Most Valuable Players

Baseball s Most Valuable Players

This shift put extra fielders where Williams normally pulled the ball. But it left a
huge gap in left field. Boudreau ... If he did, he would be able to hit singles and
doubles, but would be robbed of his power. Williams was stubborn, however. He
felt ...

Author: George Vecsey

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0394801857

Category: Baseball

Page: 186

View: 808

Willie Mays, Frank Frisch, Jo DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Lou Boudreau, Ted Williams, Jim Konstanty, Yogi Berra, Ernie Banks, Mickey Mantle, Maury Wills, Ken Boyer, Zolio Versalles.
Categories: Baseball

Baseball s Art of Hitting

Baseball s Art of Hitting

shifting infielders into the area , or areas , where the batter is expected to hit the
ball . When left - handed power hitters such as Billy Williams of the Cubs or Willie
McCovey of the Giants came to the plate , they usually found three infielders ...

Author: George Sullivan

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000131148995

Category: Batting (Baseball)

Page: 128

View: 299

Discusses the techniques of hitting a baseball, profiles some of the best hitters of the 1970's, and includes all-time hitting records.
Categories: Batting (Baseball)

Baseball s Hot New Stars

Baseball s Hot New Stars

The presence of McGwire also shifted some of the media pressure off him and
onto the new first baseman . Then in a late June game against the Indians , the
A's showed their newfound power potential . Both Canseco and McGwire hit a
pair ...

Author: Bill Gutman

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000023843677

Category: Baseball

Page: 134

View: 827

Profiles eight of the hottest players in professional baseball today, in text and photographs that offer a look at some of tomorrow's potential Hall of Famers.
Categories: Baseball

Answers to Baseball s Most Asked Questions

Answers to Baseball s Most Asked Questions

The hitter who commits his hands too quickly is easier to fool with a pitch and
loses power in the process . ... This is for the hitter who rushes his swing to keep
his weight on his rear leg as long as possible before shifting his weight to his
front ...

Author: A. Lou Vickery

Publisher:

ISBN: 1570280223

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 138

View: 109

Drawing from his experiences as a player, coach, and fan, A. Lou Vickey, answers such questions as: What is a "corked" bat, what makes a good base stealer, and where will the money to pay escalating salaries come from?
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Baseball s Radical for All Seasons

Baseball s Radical for All Seasons

Once again , a shift by Ward prolonged a player ' s legs and career . Not having
to catch , Doyle maintained his ... runs an outing . Hit - and - run tactics ruled . The
new pitching rules aimed to throttle power pitching , The Pride of New York 171.

Author: David Stevens

Publisher: American Sports History Series

ISBN: UOM:39015053519974

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 250

View: 678

The first biography of one of the most adventurous and influential figures in baseball history.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Baseball s Last Golden Age 1946 1960

Baseball s Last Golden Age  1946 1960

19 Williams stubbornly refused to alter his stance and batting stroke to try to foul
up the Boudreau shift , which was soon adopted by other American League clubs
. A natural power and pull - hitter , he rarely tried to foul up the shift by bunting ...

Author: J. Ronald Oakley

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

ISBN: UOM:39015032556956

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 376

View: 187

Looks at how professional baseball changed during the postwar years, and discusses the impact of the relief pitcher, the integration of teams, the demands for better pay, and the competition from other professional sports
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Illustrated History of Baseball

Illustrated History of Baseball

To many, the National League sweep was evidence th&t the National League
had become baseball's power center. A significant factor in this shift, still evident
today, was the Senior Circuit's less cautious attitude in signing blacks.

Author: Alex Chadwick

Publisher:

ISBN: 1890221031

Category: Baseball

Page: 208

View: 486

Categories: Baseball

Baseball s 50 Greatest Games

Baseball s 50 Greatest Games

Even though baseball's players had gone marching off to fight for democracy ,
baseball as an institution had stayed ... The handicappers , figuring the Red Sox
had more firepowerand more veterans — installed them as 9-20 favorites to win
the Series . ... Troubled by a sore right elbow he had hurt before the Series ,
Williams was troubled by something else as well , the Cardinals use of the
Williams Shift .

Author: Bert Randolph Sugar

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 0671083465

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 182

Here are the dramatic stories and pictures behind baseball's 50 most memorable games. Full-color illustrations. An Exeter Book.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

The Sporting News Selects Baseball s 100 Greatest Players

The Sporting News Selects Baseball s 100 Greatest Players

... IN THE GAME . " controlled , weight - shifting machine . ... He could drive the
ball with home run power to any section of the park and his flair for dramatics was
uncanny Numerous big - game home runs and a career . 305 Rogals u 66 YOU ...

Author: Ron Smith

Publisher: Sporting News

ISBN: UVA:X004268145

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 709

Provides a ranking of the 100 greatest baseball players of the twentieth-century
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Baseball s Greatest Pitchers

Baseball s Greatest Pitchers

convinced that that was his destiny and , while he took the shift to the outfield in
good grace , since it gave him a chance to ... It was Stengel's contention that ,
won - and - lost records to the contrary , Lemon was more likely to check the
power ...

Author: Thomas Meany

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105004502923

Category: Baseball

Page: 326

View: 228

Categories: Baseball

Baseball s Unforgettable Games

Baseball s Unforgettable Games

They have speed and power . All the teams will be tough for us , but the Dodgers
can ' t be ... The shift to the West Coast also had an agonizing psychological
effect on the players . For most , it meant scurrying for new summer living quarters
for ...

Author: Joseph L. Reichler

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106005494353

Category: Baseball

Page: 362

View: 232

An account of 100 games, judged by two noted experts to be the most unforgettable in the game's history.
Categories: Baseball

Baseball s Finest

Baseball s Finest

I was a chubby second baseman , decent power , no speed . My pitching career
went downhill after a softball ... But I completed the play , getting him at first , and
shifting back to second base . But in 1963 , I was already known as the Dodger ...

Author: Danny Peary

Publisher: World Publications (MA)

ISBN: 1572152095

Category: Baseball players

Page: 382

View: 760

Sixty essays by a mix of sportswriters and celebrities. . . all writing about their all-time favorite baseball players.
Categories: Baseball players

Swing Kings

Swing Kings

"The best baseball book I’ve read in years." — Sam Walker • "An exhilarating story of innovation." — Ben Reiter • "Swing Kings feels like a spiritual successor to Moneyball." — Baseball Prospectus From the Wall Street ...

Author: Jared Diamond

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062872128

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 269

"The best baseball book I’ve read in years." — Sam Walker • "An exhilarating story of innovation." — Ben Reiter • "Swing Kings feels like a spiritual successor to Moneyball." — Baseball Prospectus From the Wall Street Journal’s national baseball writer, the captivating story of the home run boom, following a group of players who rose from obscurity to stardom and the rogue swing coaches who helped them usher the game into a new age. We are in a historic era for the home run. The 2019 season saw the most homers ever, obliterating a record set just two years before. It is a shift that has transformed the way the game is played, contributing to more strikeouts, longer games, and what feels like the logical conclusion of the analytics era. In Swing Kings, Wall Street Journal national baseball writer Jared Diamond reveals that the secret behind this unprecedented shift isn’t steroids or the stitching of the baseballs, it’s the most elemental explanation of all: the swing. In this lively narrative romp, he tracks a group of baseball’s biggest stars—including Aaron Judge, J.D. Martinez, and Justin Turner—who remade their swings under the tutelage of a band of renegade coaches, and remade the game in the process. These coaches, many of them baseball washouts who have reinvented themselves as swing gurus, for years were one of the game’s best-kept secrets. Among their ranks are a swimming pool contractor, the owner of a billiards hall, and an ex-hippie whose swing insights draw from surfing and the technique of Japanese samurai. Now, as Diamond artfully charts, this motley cast has moved from the baseball margins to its center of power. They are changing the way hitting is taught to players of all ages, and major league clubs are scrambling for their services, hiring them in record numbers as coaches and consultants. And Diamond himself, whose baseball career ended in high school, enlists the tutelage of each swing coach he profiles, with an aim toward starring in the annual Boston-New York media game at Yankee Stadium. Swing Kings is both a rollicking history of baseball’s recent past and a deeply reported, character-driven account of a battle between opponents as old as time: old and new, change and stasis, the establishment and those who break from it. Jared Diamond has written a masterful chronicle of America’s pastime at the crossroads.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Baseball s Pivotal Era 1945 1951

Baseball s Pivotal Era  1945 1951

... through Command Area Development Authority in the seventies has also
contributed to the upward shift in demand for ... The annual sale of tractor and
power tillers has increased from 33000 and 1457 ( 1968-69 ) to 85005 and 4219
 ...

Author: William Marshall

Publisher:

ISBN: 0813128749

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 513

View: 537

Categories: Sports & Recreation

Baseball s Greatest Controversies

Baseball s Greatest Controversies

Starting center fielder Sam Rice was shifted to right field and Earl McNeely
replaced Rice in center field . ... Rigler was approaching the outfield wall when
Rice appeared back on the field , under his own power , with the ball in his glove
.

Author: John G. Robertson

Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland

ISBN: UOM:39015034284268

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 198

View: 473

To the uninitiated, baseball is a simple sport: the pitcher throws the ball, the hitter tries to hit it, and the fielders try to catch it. But what happens before, during and after those basic actions causes more arguments than can be found in any other sport. Most of these disputes are settled quickly; a few survive for generations, still able to spark heated debate decades later. Did Babe Ruth call his home run in the 1932 World Series? Was Shoeless Joe Jackson a victim or a perpetrator of the Black Sox Scandal? And who really won the batting title in 1910? These and 23 other of the game's most heated controversies are analyzed in this work. The background for each of the debates is given, as well as a full discussion of the historical implications of the decisions. After all, disputes have been a part of the national pastime since Abner Doubleday laid out the first baseball diamond in 1839. Right?
Categories: Sports & Recreation