This evening, at the the Village Quill in TriBeCa, I had the honor and pleasure to attend a celebration for the release of Alex Belth’s new book, Stepping Up: The Story of All-Star Curt Flood and His Fight for Baseball Players’ Rights.
The Yankees, Rickey Henderson, Pythagorean Winning Percentage, Kevin Thompson, Barry Bonds, Sam Walker’s Fantasyland, the Mets, the Marlins, Joe Girardi, Baseball Prospectus, Orlando Cepeda…heck, it seems like, if you can name a baseball item, we probably chewed the fat on it.
That’s one of the beautiful things about baseball – where a bunch of guys who have never met before can gather and have tons of fun talking about the game.
While I expect to have a review done of Stepping Up in the near future, knowing Alex’s work from the past, I feel very comfortable recommending (now) that you check out this new release.
In some ways, Curt Flood was the Rosa Parks of baseball. He had the ‘nads to say “No!” and that served as the platform for a major change in big league baseball. It’s a story that every baseball fan should be aware of – and I would bet that Alex does his usual great job in telling it.