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Fame to Infamy - Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace

Fame to Infamy

Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace

Edited by David C. Ogden & Joel Nathan Rosen
Foreword by Roy F. Fox
Afterword by Jack Lule
Series: Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies

Hardcover : 9781604737516, 208 pages, October 2010
Paperback : 9781617037115, 208 pages, July 2013

Essays that reveal the public slide into disrepute of once-cherished male sports icons


Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace follows the paths of sports figures who were embraced by the general populace but who, through a variety of circumstances, real or imagined, found themselves falling out of favor. The contributors focus on the roles played by athletes, the media, and fans in describing how once-esteemed popular figures find themselves scorned by the same public that at one time viewed them as heroic, laudable, or otherwise respectable.

The book examines a wide range of sports and eras, and includes essays on Barry Bonds, Kirby Puckett, Mike Tyson, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, Branch Rickey, Joe Louis and Max Schmeling, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jim Brown, as well as an afterword by noted scholar Jack Lule and an introduction by the editors. Fame to Infamy is an interdisciplinary volume encompassing numerous approaches in tracing the evolution of each subject's reputation and shifting public image.