Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta--And How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports


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University of Nebraska Press
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6.5 X 9.1 X 1.6 inches | 1.9 pounds

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About the Author

Clayton Trutor holds a PhD in U.S. history from Boston College and teaches at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. He writes about college football and basketball for SB Nation. Trutor is also the Vermont state chairman of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and is a regular contributor to the SABR Biography Project.


"In Loserville Clayton Trutor uses painstaking research and impressive command of Atlanta's political and racial history to depict the birth of a modern American sports town. Only this creation story comes with a surprising twist. Build it and they will come? Think again."--John Eisenberg, author of The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire
"Clayton Trutor vividly and expertly untangles the complex ball of issues that made Atlanta's transformation into a 'Major League' sports town so unexpectedly (and maddeningly) difficult. A fascinating look at the way professional sports collided with politics, economics, and social upheaval in the 1960s and 1970s, Loserville also serves as a cautionary tale for any twenty-first-century city that's hoping to land its own MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL franchise. In other words, be careful what you wish for!"--Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s
"As a baseball historian and writer since 1969, and as a fan of the Braves since 1957, I loved every page of Loserville, a well-crafted and well-researched history of both Atlanta and its sports teams. I especially enjoyed reliving the roller-coaster ride the baseball team took from its arrival in 1966 through its dismal years as the Bad News Braves, with attendance so poor that it took Ted Turner to keep the team in town--and eventually in national view via TBS and some shrewd acquisitions. I like the place and the book."--Dan Schlossberg, author of When the Braves Ruled the Diamond: Fourteen Flags Over Atlanta
"Fans of Atlanta and Georgia sports or history are absolutely going to need to read this book, and indeed fans of major US sporting in general should find quite a bit here to be illuminating. Even people who decry "sports ball" will find an utterly fascinating read about a little-documented series of events that has come to shape, in parts, the entirety of American professional sporting."--bookanon.com-- (10/31/2021 12:00:00 AM)
"If one enjoys reading about the business side of sports mixed in with social issues, this is an excellent choice."--Lance Smith, Guy Who Reviews Sports Books-- (11/11/2021 12:00:00 AM)
"A brilliant look at the intricate ways sports and politics are intertwined."--Publishers Weekly, starred review-- (2/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"Loserville is a fascinating history of Atlanta's emergence as the epicenter of Sunbelt sports. . . . In a revealing portrait of Atlanta and the ground-shifting changes in American sports, Trutor demonstrates how the age of franchise free agency collided with the political fracturing of a divided city. Anyone interested in the history of American sports, the South, or Atlanta should read this book."--Johnny Smith, Julius C. "Bud" Shaw Professor of Sports History at the Georgia Institute of Technology and author of The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty that Changed College Basketball
"Every Atlanta sports fan should read this book."--David Schiele, WBIR-TV Knoxville
"There is no other word than masterful to describe Clayton Trutor's Loserville, the exhaustively researched and beautifully written story of the big-league burning of Atlanta. He tells the cautionary tale of well-meaning town fathers, eager to show off a Southern city 'too busy to hate, ' determined at all costs to bring their city top-level professional sports franchises. But they sadly didn't quite get what they bargained for. Along the way, they lost their charm, their innocence, and a whole lot of money as they rolled out the red carpet for four franchises that took them into the future but never quite measured up."--Jack Gilden, author of Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, and the Rise of the Modern NFL
"In his new book, historian Clayton Trutor weaves together sports, politics, business and race to detail how Atlanta went from a sports desert to the first Southern city with teams representing all four major American sports leagues--and how it set the stage for today's uneasy marriage between sports franchises and city governments."--Seven Days-- (3/9/2022 12:00:00 AM)