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Allen Barra writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal and regularly contributes to TheAtlantic.com and Salon.com. Barra has authored many books...

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Why Alex Rodriguez Belongs in the Hall of Fame

A-Rod was not the most-liked player in baseball history, but drug use or not, he was one of the best.

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1968 ‘Black Power Salute’ Sparked Ongoing Miscarriage of Justice by U.S. Olympic Committee

The silent gesture by medalists John Carlos and Tommie Smith was meant to raise awareness of human rights, not dishonor the flag. Both men deserve an apology for how they have been treated.

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American Amnesia

If you’re looking for answers to our most baffling political problems (How can so much wealth go to the top 1 percent without a massive uprising? Why is the U.S. paralyzed in combating global warming?), then grab this book before amnesia on these issues becomes even more acute.

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The Unbreakable Bond of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell

The sportscaster and boxer were cut from the same cloth. While Cosell didn’t dodge punches like Ali, both men lived with unflinching integrity.

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Muhammad Ali, by the Book

He may be the only athlete who merits an entire college course. Here are the books that would make up the curriculum.

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Major League Baseball Should Kick Its Racist Past and Put Dick Allen in the Hall of Fame

Many consider the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year and 1972 American League Most Valuable Player the best ballplayer not honored in Cooperstown.

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Groucho: The Comedy of Existence

“Groucho and his brothers are outlaws, outcasts, and singular reproaches to society’s injustices and hypocrisies ... with deep roots in Jewish forms of irony and dissent,” author Lee Siegel writes. The famous dance sequence with Harpo leading a troupe of black children and adults, often dismissed as “another instance of Hollywood racism, is, on the contrary, as strong a statement of racial equality as you can find on the world of film.”

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Allen Barra
Allen Barra

Allen Barra writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal and regularly contributes to TheAtlantic.com and Salon.com. Barra has authored many books including “Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, The Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age” (2014),  “Rickwood Field: A Century in America’s Oldest Ballpark” (2014), and “Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee” (2009) .

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