Baseball's Power Shift: How the Players Union, the Fans, and the Media Changed American Sports Culture


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University of Nebraska Press
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6.4 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Krister Swanson has a PhD in modern American history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a teacher at Thousand Oaks High School, in California, and is a content developer and presenter at ABC-CLIO Publishing.


"Baseball's Power Shift is a fascinating and authentic history of baseball in the United States and how it influenced society and got influenced in return."--Kristine Baker, Washington Book Review--Kristine Baker"Washington Book Review" (04/01/2016)
"A worthwhile read."--Everett Merrill, Baseball America--Everett Merrill"Baseball America" (05/05/2016)
"Swanson's work takes an interesting new look at the player's labor movement and free agency."--Jordan Max-Ryan Englekirk, NINE--Jordan Max-Ryan Englekirk "NINE "
"A very entertaining book."--Gregg's Baseball Bookcase--Gregg's Baseball Bookcase
"An important study that will be read for years to come by fans and scholars alike interested in understanding the history and economics of baseball's labor practices."--Sport in American History--Sport in American History (05/07/2016)
"It's a bizarre comment on our times that one of the strongest unions in the United States counts millionaires as members and exists in the world of sports. But that's the story of the Major League Baseball Players Union. I'm often asked how this came to be and if there are actually lessons for the broader labor movement in the success seen by baseball players. For those who have wondered about this history or want to glean these lessons, this is the book we've been waiting for. Swanson is a great storyteller, weaving a narrative both timeless and timely."--Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation

-- (09/14/2015)
"If you want to know how major league ballplayers went from making ends meet with winter jobs to signing multimillion dollar contracts, read Baseball's Power Shift. . . . This is a fine study of sport, business, and labor."--Elliott Gorn, author of The Manly Art and coauthor of A Brief History of American Sports
-- (09/22/2015)