Review of The 1960s in Sports

Coverdale, Miles Jr. The 1960s in Sports: A Decade of Change. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. Pp. 371. Black and white photos, index, bibliography, and notes. $75 hardcover. Reviewed by Richard A. Macales “During the turmoil of the 1960s, the world of sports provided a positive distraction for the American people.” – Author Miles…

Review of Stand Up and Shout Out

Steidinger, Joan. Stand Up and Shout Out. Women’s Fight for Equal Pay, Equal Rights, and Equal Opportunities in Sports.Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2020. Pp. 232. $24.95 hardback and ebook. Reviewed by Łukasz Muniowski Judging by pure numbers, women’s participation in organized sports is at an all-time high. This was made possible due to Title IX,…

Review of Year of the Rocket

Woods, Paul. Year of the Rocket: John Candy, Wayne Gretzky, a Crooked Tycoon, and the Craziest Season in Football History. Toronto: Sutherland House, 2021. Pp. 325. $19.95. Reviewed by Łukasz Muniowski Judging by the number of championships, the Toronto Argonauts are, arguably, the best team in the history of the Canadian Football League (CFL), with a…

Reviews of recent U.S. soccer research

Bunk, Brian B. From Football to Soccer: The Early History of the Beautiful Game in the United States. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2021. Pp. 296. 33 illustrations. $24.95 paper and ebook. Dure, Beau. Why the U.S. Men Will Never Win the World Cup: A Historical and Cultural Reality Check. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. Pp. 246. $29…

Review of Sports Movies

Friedman, Lester D. Sports Movies (Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture). New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2020. Pp. 210. $ 17.95 paperback and ebook. Reviewed by Łukasz Muniowski Almost all of us consume professional sports indirectly, as a certain form of mediation is always involved when it comes to watching any type of athletic competition. It is…

Review of Different Strokes

Harris, Cecil. Different Strokes: Serena, Venus, and the Unfinished Black Tennis Revolution. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2020. Pp. 243. 15 illustrations. $29.95 hardcover and ebook.  Reviewed by Łukasz Muniowski The story of Serena and Venus Williams is as unprecedented as it is unlikely. Two Black sisters, coming from humble beginnings, have dominated a predominantly white sport,…

Review of The Forgotten 1970 Chicago Cubs

Bike, William S. The Forgotten 1970 Chicago Cubs: Go and Glow. The History Press, 2021. Pp. 144. Acknowledgments, bibliography, epilogue, end notes, index, photographs, preface, prologue, $21.99 paperback. Reviewed by Bob D’Angelo It still stings 52 years later. The Chicago Cubs won a World Series title in 2016 to snap a 108-year drought, but 1969 will always…

Review of Fidel Castro and Baseball: The Untold Story

Peter C. Bjarkman. Fidel Castro and Baseball: The Untold Story. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2019. 364 pp.  Reviewed by Michael T. Wood Peter C. Bjarkman was a giant in the field of sport history. Over the course of his prodigious career, Bjarkman authored over 40 books and contributed chapters and articles to edited collections. The Society…

Disputing the Main Narrative in ‘The Last Dance’: Time, Not Jerry Krause, Put an End to the Bulls’ Dynasty

Approximately one year after ‘The Last Dance’ captivated sports’ fans across the globe, guest contributor Łukasz Muniowski revisits the docuseries and deconstructs its mythologies. By Łukasz Muniowski Much has already been written about The Last Dance, the award-winning ESPN/Netflix documentary miniseries by Jason Hehir. As such, there is hopefully no need to explain in detail multiple…