- Hardcover: 236 pages
- Publisher: Trident Press (1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671270761
- ISBN-13: 978-0671270766
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The way it is, Hardcover – 1971
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Flood argues powerfully against baseball's reserve clause, which bound players to their team until the team sold, traded or released them - unfairly limiting each player's bargaining power. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually ruled 5-3 against Flood in 1972, but his challenge helped bring future players free agency, salary arbitration, and large pay checks. Sadly, only a tiny number of future millionaire ballplayers ever thanked Flood before he passed away in 1997.
This is not your typical athletic biography. This is an intelligent book by an intelligent (if slightly flawed) man, its pages aimed at urbane and thinking readers.
"The Way It Is" is a declaration by Flood, now deceased, that baseball IS FOR SURE engaged in interstate commerce. Granted, it is also an attack on racism in baseball. Blacks suffered from segregation in spring training camps, mistreatment by managers and other people, and discrimination in pay, and they were often shut off from lucrative endorsements. Blacks may have been on the bottom more than whites, but Flood wrote: "I told the [MLB Players' Association] meeting that organized baseball's policies and practices affected all players equally." From the labor relations perspective, he embraced all.
Flood wrote in this book that the owners' concern is not the "Good of the Game," but to make a profit. He pointed out that in 1969, the players, pension plan included, got only 20 percent of the industry's total income.Read more ›
Penned in the early 1970s when Flood was perceived by baseball management, many fans, too many players and most media members as a hideous trouble maker due to his challenging the reserve clause that bound players for life with one team.
Critics savaged the book when it was published, stating Flood could not get over his anger concerning how the game is (should) be played. But I contend much of the criticism circled around the black consciousness of Flood's; simply, he should know his place as a star athlete and be grateful for the doors that have been opened to him due to his celebrity.
The Way It Is contains a message that strongly states why change was necessary, on the field & off. It is unfortunate that nearly 40 years later many of the issues that Flood brought up still needs to be addressed by society as a whole.
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I had this one on my shelves for many years; recently saw HBO documentary on Flood (which oddly made no mention of the book) and wanted to reread. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by ollb