Northampton, MA : Media Education Foundation, c2010.
Video — 1 videodisc (62 min.) : sd., col. : 4 3/4 in.
In the arena (12:46)
Like a girl (17:48)
Breaking the color barrier (8:11)
The courage of athletes (14:47).
We've been told again and again that sports and politics don't mix. In this documentary, Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation magazine, takes viewers on a tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly of American sports culture -- showing how sports have helped both to stabilize and to disrupt the political status quo throughout history. Explores how American sports, at their worst, have reinforced repressive political ideas and institutions by glamorizing things like militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, as well as looking at a history of rebel athletes who dared to fight for social justice beyond the field of play.
Video — 1 DVD video (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Digital: video file; DVD video.
In 1951, Ralph Branca became a legendary figure in baseball history when the Brooklyn Dodgers lost the National League pennant to the New York Giants by giving up the game-winning homerun termed "The Shot Heard Round the World." Jeered and labeled a scapegoat for the rest of his life, he never reclaimed his career. Follow Branca's journey to pen a memoir that tells his side of the story, to try and restore his fascinating, yet overlooked legacy in baseball's Golden Age of the '40s and '50s.