ERIC Number: ED368598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Shannon, John, Ed.
Sports & the Law, v6 n4 Fall 1992
This student newsletter issue speaks to the subject of baseball. The first article, on who rules baseball, discusses the problems that the developing sport had with gambling, and the struggle between the owners and gangsters for control of the game. The article describes the scandal involving the Chicago White Sox in the 1919 World Series and the resulting creation of the position of baseball commissioner who would act as judge and governor of the sport. It explains that the struggle between a powerful commissioner, the influence of gambling, and owners who have invested heavily in the game has continued for 70 years. A similar scandal with baseball player and manager Pete Rose went to a court of appeals that supported the baseball commissioner's power to discipline a player. Questions for discussion are included. a second article describes the Sports and the Law Junior High Jam held in Los Angeles in August 1992. This was the first time that the event had been held. It brought together 150 boys and girls from inner city schools and community centers in Los Angeles. The tournament combined academics, community service, and basketball. All three areas were counted in picking the most well rounded teams of student athletes. The newsletter includes a puzzle using sports questions drawn from baseball and the articles included in this issue. Other articles discuss differences in baseball between the United States and Japan, and high school athletic programs. (DK)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers: Gambling; Japan; Landis (Kenesaw Mountain)
Note: This newsletter is provided to schools as part of the Constitutional Rights Foundation's Sports Law Program. Sports & the Law draws on young people's natural interest in sports to stimulate their involvement in education.