- Thursday, September 29, 2011
- Josh Lucker
It’s Spring again and that means baseball season is underway. One may ask why Socialist Appeal is writing an article on such a topic. In fact, many leftists in the U.S. and around the world take a rather disdainful attitude towards sports. The fact is that sports are an intimate part of the life and culture of the working class, despite the way that commercialism, mass marketing, high salaries, unaffordable ticket prices, and patriotic half-time shows and seventh inning stretches have perverted the “love of the game.” The history of the 1890 Players' League offers many lessons for both sports fans and labor activists alike.