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A Recut Diamond: Baseball's Transition Into The Free Agent Era (1965-1976) by Bob Smith

A Recut Diamond: Baseball's Transition Into The Free Agent Era (1965-1976)

by Bob Smith

392 pages
History of major league baseball from 1965 to 1976.

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About the Book

How did major league baseball become a multibillion-dollar industry that barely resembles the game that people enjoyed in the 1960s and 1970s? The tense negotiations over the latest Basic Agreement showed how much money now influences baseball. Many historic developments of the 1960s and 1970s helped produce today's game, as described in A Recut Diamond: Baseball's Transition into the Free Agent Era (1965-1976).

This book shows how major league baseball changed from 1965, when the New York Yankees started declining after 40 years of dominance, to 1976, when the free agency era started. It discusses many important trends—both on and off the field.

A Recut Diamond focuses on such crucial events as:

-- The beginning of the amateur player draft in 1965.

-- The election of an experienced players' union leader in 1966.

-- Changes in the commissioner's office.

-- The transfer of franchises to new cities.

-- New sources of income (television, stadiums, and licensing).

-- The expansion and reorganization of the two leagues in 1969.

--Legal challenges in the 1970s to the control by owners over player contracts.

The book also covers sociological changes in the game during this period, along with highlights of the on-field competition.

Treat yourself to a trip back to this memorable era with A Recut Diamond.


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About the Author
Bob Smith's work experience includes a bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism, with several years of professional journalism work. For the last 12 years, he has worked as a technical writer in different industries. He lives in Plymouth, Michigan.



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