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Stepping Up: The Story of Curt Flood and His Fight for Baseball Players’ Rights

Stepping Up: The Story of Curt Flood and His Fight for Baseball Players’ Rights Alex Belth (with a Foreword by Tim McCarver)

Stepping Up is the first-ever biography of Curt Flood, the All-Star with a conscience who stood up to Major League Baseball. Flood was a fixture for the championship Cardinals teams of the 1960s. He had survived a hard road to stardom and was a hero in St. Louis. He had given his heart and soul to the city, and had made a life there. Then, suddenly, in 1969, Flood was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He was crushed. But instead of accepting the trade as generations of players before him had done, he shocked baseball by suing the sport over its unfair reserve system. Flood’s courageous case went to the Supreme Court and paved the way for free agency, a major advance in players’ rights that changed the face of the game forever.

Praise for the Book:
"Alex Belth's stirring and hugely readable Stepping Up plugs a significant gap in the history of baseball's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s."—Allen Barra, Chicago Tribune

"Alex Belth's Stepping Up, a wonderful tale about Curt Flood, is a splendid reminder that once upon a time, athletes really did stand for more than the bottom line of their contract."—Mke Vaccaro, New York Post

"The first biography of the gifted centerfielder who challenged the reserve clause . . . . A fine read on a pioneer in baseball and African American history."
                                                                                             Library Journal (starred review)

"Considering the historical significance of Curt Flood's principled stand and the personal courage and sacrifice it entailed, it is both surprising and sad that the man and his contribution have not been fully appreciated. Alex Belth's carefully researched and presented book should be of interest to all those who follow baseball and perhaps especially to those who are now so handsomely rewarded for playing it."Bob Costas

About the Author:
Alex Belth lives in the Bronx, New York. He is a columnist for and the host of Bronx Banter, a Yankees-obsessed blog. Previously, he worked in the postproduction end of the movie industry for such filmmakers as Woody Allen and the Coen Brothers. Stepping Up is his first book.

Hardcover/ $22.95.95 (Can. $30.00)/ ISBN 978-0-89255-321-1/ 240 pages/ Sports

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