“One Nation Under Baseball” with John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro
Where: Bergino Baseball Clubhouse
67 E. 11th St.
Price: $29.95, complimentary beer/whiskey for all ticket holders
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“The ‘60s were a time of conflict, progress, tragedy, triumph, and unforgettable events in the nation and its pastime. One Nation Under Baseball connects the two in revealing and insightful fashion.” -Bob Costas
“One Nation Under Baseball” highlights the intersection between American society and America’s pastime during the 1960s, when the hallmarks of the sport — fairness, competition, and mythology — came under scrutiny. John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro examine the events of the era that reshaped the game: the Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale million-dollar holdout, the encroachment of television on newspaper coverage, the changing perception of ballplayers from mythic figures to overgrown boys, the arrival of the everyman Mets and their free-spirited fans, and the lawsuit brought against team owners by Curt Flood.
Florio and Shapiro bring to life the seminal figures of the era — including Bob Gibson, Marvin Miller, Tom Seaver, and Dick Young — richly portraying their roles during a decade of flux and uncertainty.
Join John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro for our intimate Clubhouse conversation on Thursday, April 13.
For a guaranteed seat, purchase of a signed book or Bergino Baseball Clubhouse gift certificate/scrip required. Books will be signed/personalized at the event.
John Florio is a freelance writer and novelist. He is the author of “Sugar Pop Moon” and “Blind Moon Alley.” Ouisie Shapiro is an Emmy-winning writer and producer of sport documentaries. Her writing credits include HBO’s “Nine Innings from Ground Zero” and ESPN’s “Playing for the Mob.” Florio and Shapiro are the authors of “One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title.” They are also contributors to the “Atlantic” and the “New Yorker.”Buy tickets/get more info now