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1968 : A Pivotal Moment in American Sports, Hardback Book

1968 : A Pivotal Moment in American Sports Hardback

Part of the Sports & Popular Culture series


Opening with Vince Lombardi's last win as coach of the Packers in Super Bowl II and closing with Joe Namath's Super Bowl III guarantee, James Nicholson delivers an original portrait of a sensational closing decade in American culture.

Controversies on the field and in the ring reflected broader political and social turmoil in the late-sixties United States.

With one of the most contentious presidential elections in US history, the ongoing civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War all storming in the background, Nicholson charts a course through the oddly unsettled waters of American sports in 1968: the Masters golf tournament decided by the strict enforcement of an arcane rule to the detriment of a foreign player; the winner of the Kentucky Derby disqualified for a drug violation; Muhammad Ali waiting in sports exile while he appealed a criminal conviction for draft evasion; an unorthodox rendition of the national anthem at the World Series nearly overshadowing the game it preceded; and the silent gesture at the Mexico City Olympics made by Tommie Smith and John Carlos that shocked the nation


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 277 pages
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9781621904991


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