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Jim Bouton – Ball Four (1970)

“Jim Bouton, a pitcher of modest achievement but a celebrated iconoclast who left a lasting mark on baseball as the author of ‘Ball Four,’ a raunchy, shrewd, irreverent — and best-selling — player’s diary that tainted the game’s wholesome image, … Continue reading

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Basketball and Black Pride: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Resident Organizing in New York City Public Housing

“In the summer of 1968, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — known at the time as Lew Alcindor, and just barely twenty-one years old — was already a basketball legend. Impossibly tall and incredibly talented, he had led New York City’s Power Academy … Continue reading

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Cleveland Summit

Fight in Vietnam. Those present are: (front row) Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor; (back row) Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten. “It was a sunny Sunday … Continue reading

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The Things We Knew Then: Vivid Then, Fading Now?

“1. James Forman was a. ’68 Olympic heavyweight champion b. national director of the Congress of Racial Equality c. a Czechoslovakian film director d. executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 2. In Easy Rider, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, … Continue reading

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James Baldwin Talks About Racism in America & Civil Rights Activism on The Dick Cavett Show (1969)

James Baldwin, New York City, 1976; photograph by Nancy Crampton “There are many reasons, some quite literal, that it can be painful to talk about racism in the U.S. For one thing, it often seems that writers like W.E.B. Du … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Iconic Black Power Salute Photo at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City

“You may know his name, and you definitely know the iconic photo of him standing next to Tommie Smith and Peter Norman on the medals podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, his black-gloved fist raised next to Smith’s … Continue reading

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New York Mets: 1962–1966

Manager Casey Stengel theatrically pointing the way at the start of spring training in 1962. “The history of the New York Mets began in 1962 when the team was introduced as part of the National League‘s first expansion of the … Continue reading

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Artifacts of the Analog Era – Rex Weiner

“As I pack the FedEx box addressed to the Interference Archive in Brooklyn, New York—a nonprofit study center for ‘objects created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, zines, t-shirts and buttons, audio recordings…’—I am … Continue reading

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The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. – Robert Coover (1968)

“The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. is Robert Coover‘s second novel, published in 1968. J. Henry Waugh is an accountant, albeit an unhappy one. However, each night after he comes home from work, Henry immerses himself in … Continue reading

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Our Man in Havana – J. Hoberman

April 10, 1984: “… Well, a lot of things have changed since 1957, but Havana remains a cornucopia of ’50s imagery. It’s actually in fashion! Even modest bungalows out in the suburbs sport curlicue grill­work and harlequin mosaics, jazzily tapered … Continue reading

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